Review Chinese Generic 60mm wide Dual Denim/Calf-hide Hanging Strop

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Location
Cebu, Philippines
For about AUD 14 (Aug. 2020) on AliExpress and a bit more elsewhere, this strop is ideal for beginners and for travellers. The strop is made in Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan calf-hide leather.

There are many vendors selling these strops. They are all the same, just badge engineered. Search and just find one that has a price, shipping cost and delivery time that suits you.


Pros:
  • Great value
  • Solid hardware
  • Leather and denim
  • Flexible for easy storage
  • Wider than the normal 50mm strop
Cons:
  • Relatively short useable length
  • Width is a bit less than most blade lengths
  • Not overly thick
  • Can't be good because it's not expensive
Technical details:

Length overall (excluding hardware) = 385mm
Useable stropping length = 300mm
Width = 60mm
Leather = tanned calf-hide about 1.5mm thick
Denim = double layer about 1.3mm thick total
Hardware = brass plated steel

The leather strop has a light to medium draw. It normally comes ready to use, however a rub with the underside of your forearm before each use is recommended. I use this strop daily at home and can also easily take it with me when travelling. For the price, I also don't get upset if I happen to cut it up when not concentrating on my stropping.

This was my first "real" leather strop. After cutting up my first two of these strops, I have now been using my third for over 300 shaves and not put a mark on it. Although not expensive, it does a great job on all of my SR's.

Do not get this strop if you think they must be expensive to be any good.
 

Wilkshire13

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Location
Melbourne
Wow, you really go all out with your reviews. That's a lot of detail(y)

Do not get this strop if you think they must be expensive to be any good.
Price does not always equal quality, though you will typically get a better product for your money if you spend a little more. For example, a Yaqi synthetic brush is a solid resin handle, with a dense, well-performing brush. I've compared it to a cheap Wilkinson Sword "Synthetic" and it was miles ahead of it, with the Wilk being about as useful as I imagine lathering with a sock.

The same can be said for the upper end of the price range, i.e. the Focus R50 Dynamic or even the Rockwell Model T (At Launch) are expensive and hit and miss products

Some budget items are diamonds in the [every growing] rough and you have some items that are literally turds with glitter on them at the other end :ROFLMAO:

This is probably why most people will baulk at inexpensive products because there are so many of them that are duds these days and it's a real shame
 
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