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    Kanayama strop review

    So I might just be the1st person to get a razor strop before a razor. I had herd such great things about these that I had to check them out 1st hand. I will say from a leather workers standpoint the mere sourcing of this leather is impressive. I thought that it was B.S. that they would be using true Shell cordovan to make these as finding shells big/ long enough to make these would be a task in itself! Hard as it is for me to believe there is no doubt that they are made from true shell. I have seen many other strops from different makers and the technique to these is unique. The velvety uniform texture achieved on these far surpass anything else I have seen. There is however a obvious "conditioning" used to make these that set them apart from other strops I have seen. I say "obvious" but I can't say that for sure till I experiment a little, but I think I know what they are doing. Any way I cant offer any more of a review other then on its workmanship as I don't have a razor yet to try it out on, and I'd be know expert in doing so. The one big negative thing I can say about it is it's hardware is a little on the "cheep" side compared to other strops I have seen. Giving the price of these I would think they could use some heavier duty quality hardware not made from nickel plated thin mystery mettle.















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    I find the hardware to be very well executed and stable. I have an SRD strop that has different hardware, that cupped and warped and is pretty much useless now. My Kanayama is still flat and nice.

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    I have never had an issue with either of my SRD strops. That Kanayama looks awesome though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainaman View Post
    I find the hardware to be very well executed and stable. I have an SRD strop that has different hardware, that cupped and warped and is pretty much useless now. My Kanayama is still flat and nice.
    I have not seen a srd up close, but it's hardware looks better in the pic on there sight. Do you have there horsehide strop? If so how would you compare the leather to the kanayama?

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    http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/...orsehide-strop

    It's the description on this that bothers me. "With a couple of very small applications of neatsfoot oil and daily hand rubbing, your Horsehide strop will break in with a draw you will appreciate and give you a life time of service."

    The right application and types of oil's would be critical in a good working strop, I wouldn't trust myself doing this if I had not been working with leather for some years now. I'm also not convinced that neatsfoot oil is the best thing to use for a strop?
    Bigger problem is the " daily hand rubbing" part. It would take hours of skilled labor and the right tools ( not your hands) to properly "Bone" horse hide. As I sad I have not seen the SRD strop but from reading this it looks like they are just selling you a strap of leather and making you "make" it into a strop yourself by doing all the work conditioning it yourself (the hard part)?

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    That's fairly typical of horsehide strops that you can buy. They do some work on it, but there's a lot of breaking in.

    The Kanoyama (I think Kanayama was a typo on the stamp that they never bothered to change) hardware is a pretty classic style of strop hardware. It's similar to the hardware of a lot of vintage strops, except that those just had a square instead of the flower-like thing. I also like how it looks on a strop better than the rivet hardware a lot of contemporary strop makers use.

    Oh, and congratulations on the strop. You got an awesome strop. I've gone through at least 10 or more strops and none have felt as nice as the Kanoyama ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Niloc View Post
    I have not seen a srd up close, but it's hardware looks better in the pic on there sight. Do you have there horsehide strop? If so how would you compare the leather to the kanayama?
    Yes I have the #4 SRD, the Kanayama is much better and I have the lowest model which is not Shell Cordovan, it is just Shell I believe.
    My problem with my particular strop is the 3 holes are not perfectly aligned, which is what cases the warping.

    The leather is finished very well very shiny, it also tells you when you are done stropping because the draw changes(increases)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainaman View Post
    Yes I have the #4 SRD, the Kanayama is much better and I have the lowest model which is not Shell Cordovan, it is just Shell I believe.
    Should be just Cordovan just like the SRD is using. It comes from the area right above the shells, "horse but strap". But strap is great leather, it's what I use almost 100% of the time for my sheath making. I have been told that it makes just as good a strop as shell but I'm not convinced that's true having now seen strops made from shell. But straps are also about 1/10th the price of Shell.
    Quote Originally Posted by mainaman View Post

    The leather is finished very well very shiny, it also tells you when you are done stropping because the draw changes(increases)
    Kanayama or SRD?
    More draw is a better thing, no?

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    I don't like no draw. I like the Kanoyama, which is light to medium. Medium is also nice (like SRP Premium I). Too much draw is annoying.

    I thought cordovan was the tanning process and not just the section of the horse. I don't think SRD markets their strops as cordovan. There are 3 or 4 guys out there who make strops out of genuine cordovan, but I forget all their names...Oh, ************ was (is?) one. Good luck getting in touch with them, though.

    I made some strops out of shell a few years ago and they were awesome. The Horween brand cordovan shells are thin, but have incredible draw. They are nothing like the ultra thick Kanoyama cordovan, though.

    Edit: The name is censored I guess...how about H.A.N.D.A.M.E.R.I.C.A.N. I thought only links were censored here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Niloc View Post
    Should be just Cordovan just like the SRD is using. It comes from the area right above the shells, "horse but strap". But strap is great leather, it's what I use almost 100% of the time for my sheath making. I have been told that it makes just as good a strop as shell but I'm not convinced that's true having now seen strops made from shell. But straps are also about 1/10th the price of Shell.
    not sure about that, the SRD is thicker then the Kanoyama


    Kanayama or SRD?
    the Kanayama is much better finished
    More draw is a better thing, no?
    I think this is a question of preference, I like a bit more draw, for the kanayama I noticed the draw changes when the edge is where it needs to be. The draw initially is very little , but as the edge gets burnished more and more the draw increases.

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