One of the most frequent questions I get asked about my strops isn’t about the leather or the quality of materials. It isn’t even directly about the performance of my strops. The most frequent question I hear is, “What is the least expensive strop you have?”
As a craftsman, this is a challenge. I don’t want anything with my name on it that doesn’t meet my quality standards, but I also don’t want to have strops be too expensive to allow people to try straight razor shaving. My thought was, “What if I could make an entry level strop from quality materials in such a way that it was still affordable?” My Classic and Modern series strops have a lot of fine details that make them a joy to use, but they also add cost. Looking at some of the most simple vintage barber strops, I came up with my Forty-Five Series Strop design.
This is a bare bones strop. There is no handle, but the leather is 2.5 inches wide, and thick and easy to hold on to. The second element is polypropylene. It makes a very different sound from more traditional linen or cotton, but does a great job prepping the edge to strop on the leather. The hanger is solid brass with a brushed nickel finish, and the piece is assembled with copper rivets. Should the edge of your razor come in contact with the rivet, the flat copper surface will do much less damage than other fasteners. Each strop includes a hand cut hanging strap that can be tied to a towel rod.
The leather on these strops is based on function. The leather likely has a few wrinkles or scars in the face, but nothing that will prevent the strop from working. Leather is a natural material, so there will be visible imperfections, but I carefully inspect each strop to make sure nothing will impact the performance. The leather on these strops is thick. It is thinned down to go through the swivel snap, but the edges are left square. With use, the edges will soften and round over. Each strop is also numbered.
So why am I calling this the Forty-Five Series strop? The price is just $45, plus shipping. A great price to try out a new strop or begin dabbling in straight razor shaving. Please check out the Strops Section of my Etsy store to see what I have in stock, but feel free to message me if you don’t see what you are looking for.