Tools for Working Wood
Horse Butt Strop
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Code: MS-HORSEST
Price: $22.95
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I could not make this story up. A friend of mine who is a professional bookbinder and knifemaker collects old strops. He noticed a few years ago that all his best strops were stamped "Genuine Horse Butt," but he didn�t know why. But he figured if someone went to that much trouble to make a strop out of special leather and stamp it, it must be worth the effort. So, after many hassles, he located a supply of horse butt and cut it into strops.

We were all suitably impressed with the results. Horse butt is the hardest, toughest leather we have ever seen. But it still retains the basic characteristic of a great strop. The best part is that the stuff is so dense, it won�t easily groove if you are stropping narrow carving tools. So we decided to offer them for sale. I apologize for the price, but the leather is expensive, the volume is low, and this is top-notch double-sided vegetable tanned leather. I think it�s worth it, especially for carvers.

The material is too thick (3 /32" - 1/8" ) to bend into slips but the edges work great. One side of the strop is smooth - I use it plain - and the other side is a little rougher, which is perfect for holding and catching honing compound.

15" long x 3" wide. Hand Stamped "Genuine Horse Butt." Made in USA.  
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I don't work with wood but...

By: Daniel Park (Mar, 2015)

I'm writing this review before ordering my second one. I've learned my lesson from abusing the first one... Anyway, I'm not a sculptor, I just strop my knives. I'm really glad I found this website because horse butt seems to be the best strop for the money. The size of this strop is actually very generous compared to other strops on the internet in general. As mentioned in the description, using the smooth side without chromium oxide yields great results. My knife has a sticky and toothy edge thanks to this awesome strop.
I own this product.

woodcarver, sculptor

By: crog (Apr, 2014)

This is the best strop I have come across. It is similar to the old leather strop that hangs on my wall. I thought that was the end of those great strops, and few would own them but here it is.
I own this product.

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