This is going to get lost on me in that other thread so I'm giving my questions it own topic.
I don't know much about straight razors and i know nothing about stropping them. However I was going to make a thread asking a few questions as I taught it would be fun to make a few.
What is the preferred weapon of chose, the strap, paddle, or hard flat mounted? Is the hanging strop just the old time classic and a flat mounted would work better, or does the handing strap still have it's advantages?
I have made flat mounted Strops before so the rest of my questions are in regards to the hanging strap type strop.
1) how do they work? I know a hanging strop is useless for knives so how/ why do they work on razors?
2) What's the best length and what's the "preferred"/ classic length ( I know they may be different)?
3) i have seen ones with a canvas back strap. Is this a additional strop or just a fancy backing? If it's a 2nd strop what is it's used for? Also is it canvas, what is the texture/ weave like, Is it like denim?
4) on that last link posted to the english made strop that guy says he uses:
What is the best here? I would think felt would cause problems, water + felt = bad news? I would think that Belgium linen canvas would be the most luxurious, but would it be the best preforming? I think the weight and weave would be the biggest factors here?heavy duty cotton and genuine linen, hard wool felt
That guy also says he uses:
first side note he is lying he's not tusing Shell cordovan he's using but straps, much cheeper then Shell and would definitely make for a better strop as the Shells are very thin and starchy. That brings me to my next question:I use fine cowhides, the best latigo leather, excellent english bridle leather, superb shell cordovan leather
What's the best leather to use? I have always herd/ thought horsehide as the unique cell structor creates a nice drag, it's abrasive & water resistance? I find it works best on the hard mounted Strops I have made for knives. So what's up with the cowhide and latigo, any advantages?
Is there anything you find "missing" on most strops? You know sometimes as a daily user you find things that would improve the design of things, kind of like what we de here with kitchen knives.