In the past I've used an old weightlifter's belt (super wide, great for big blades) au naturel as my strop, but now that I've ordered some honing sprays based on Dave's thread I'm wondering if I need something a bit fancier.
Personally I object to paying $25+ for a strip of leather just because it says "strop" on the package, so I was planning to comb the local second-hand stores for undyed veggie-tanned leather belts - usually $2-$4 each. However, I was wondering if I should be worried about contaminants or some other kind of problem when using these as loaded strops.
Do you think I would be crazy to try using a 1μ spray on a second hand belt? What about a bag of leather scraps from a craft store?
Maybe I should just spring for a whole hide? I was thinking about doing that last year for an armouring project, before some other issues cropped up.
Thank you for your thoughts.