AOKI Extra-long Cordovan & Horse Hide flexible Paddle Board Strop 440x60mm
440mmX60mm and 145mm (handle length), total length 585mm
I have been doing cutlery business for over 15 years, but I grew up leather bag and case craft's company in Japan.
My father leather craft's factory was a part of my house where was my playground. I had helped his business from childhood to grown-up such as gluing contact cement with brush or riveting or thinning leather, etc.
My father is almost 90 years old, and still doing the business.
The front side is Cordovan strop which is very smooth, and the other side is Suede strop which is little rougher than Cordovan side.
Cordovan is from world famous Horween Cordovan made in USA from 1905.
Suede side is also Horween strips which is right above portion of horse hide.
The total length is; 585mm
Total weight; 1lb. 1oz.
The top side of finest Cordovan strop is about 2mm thickness, and the back side of Suede strop is about 3-4mm thick that is lower grit than the top side of finest Cordovan. The suede side is able to use before starting the finest Cordovan.
****** Cleaning and maintenance Cordovan Razor Strop:
What we should do is to use clean cotton towel soaking in lukewarm water, and it should be not too much wet, but not too dry the towel. And then, we wipe the strop the front side of the strop until little before the lukewarm water going through all the way to the back side, and then it makes dry naturally. That is the way what we make the strop making shinny and smoother.
According to Mr. Naomi, we should not apply on any oil on Cordovan strop. The oil collects dust, and it makes losing smoothness on the Cordovan strop, and it makes not as the finishing quality strop anymore.
If I really need to use oil, I use little bit of bee wax or Cordovan conditioner, and polishing with clean fine smooth cloth hundreds of times*******