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    I am looking to make a new strop for my Autostrop razors. Since the original strop is 1/16-in thick, which would make it a 4-ounce leather. I was wondering what finish or treatment would be the best for this purpose. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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    Veg tanned works well, you can buy it already made for strops. https://www.artisanleather.co.uk/raz...ches-wide.html
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    1/16 inch thick?
    I think I'd be looking into Roo Leather. That stuff is thin and strong!
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    Quote Originally Posted by celticcrusader View Post
    Veg tanned works well, you can buy it already made for strops. https://www.artisanleather.co.uk/raz...ches-wide.html
    Thank you for your suggestion. I decided to order from here: Leather Side Piece Veg Tan Split Medium Weight 24 X 24 Inches 4 Square Feet. I'll let you know how it works out for me.

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    I also went with your suggestion for kangaroo leather. Genuine Leather Hide Kangaroo Skins Silver Craft Material Upholstery Fabric 969. I'll use it and the veg tanned leather and make a comparison of the two.

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    I agree that kangaroo would be very strong and a good choice. I had one where the surface looked like pigskin but that usually only comes paper thin, 2oz or so to use as purse or wallet linings.
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    Kangaroo skin strength, very good. But due to the fact that its structure is not smooth, it is not suitable for razors. And I tried to Polish it. It's useless

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    Thanks for the advice . . . . but the leather is on its way. Hopefully I'll be able to return it if it doesn't work.

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    Well, the strop project is on hold for now. The leather that I received was unacceptable for the job. The veg tanned was at least an ounce too heavy and the kangaroo was much too supple and flimsy. I am trying another supplier and being very specific about the requirements. Their shipping estimate is about a week away. Maybe I'll be third time lucky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walt View Post
    Well, the strop project is on hold for now. The leather that I received was unacceptable for the job. The veg tanned was at least an ounce too heavy and the kangaroo was much too supple and flimsy. I am trying another supplier and being very specific about the requirements. Their shipping estimate is about a week away. Maybe I'll be third time lucky

    Regards - Walt

    Walt,

    You could contact the Horween Leather Company in Chicago, you may be able to buy a piece of Cordovan shell off-cut, shell is much thinner than a lot of leathers.

    https://www.horween.com/contact
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