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I am new to shaving with a cut throat razor, so also have never needed to use a strop before. This one is made from a substantial piece of cowhide and the fittings seem adequately robust. This makes it easy to use, but whether it performs well in its blade-sharpening task, is hard for me to say. I bought my first razor a month before I got the strop. When it was new, the razor's performance was excellent, but its performance noticeably worsened in a week or so. Using the strop has improved it a bit, but not up to its sharpness when new. There are no instructions with the strop, so I am just using such advice as can be obtained on the internet to sharpen and use the razor.
It's not as wide, nor as long as some others, so you'll have to adopt the "X" pattern of stropping to get the most out of it. The flesh side of the leather is textured somewhat like the linen side of other strops, and 15-20 stokes on that side does a fine job of prepping the blade. The smooth side does not have a heavy draw, and to get the best edge, 40-50 light strokes make the razor ready for shaving. It's compact for traveling, and seems durable.
Wow what a difference! this thing gets my razor in shape for a shave right quick. My old strop just made a mess of my razor and I didn't have enough experience to know. This is the right strop for the job!