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How to Make a Leather Razor Strop

Creating a leather razor strop is a simple and economic project. You can accomplish it in under thirty minutes, and you'll have a finished strop in no time. A leather strop is an essential tool for makers. However, there are some things you'll want to consider before you get started.

First, you need to know what materials to use. A high-quality strop is made from vegetable-tanned leather. Choosing a strop that is rounded on the end and has a handle is essential. You'll also want to select a strop between 13 and 15 inches long. If you're a beginner, you'll want to begin with a less expensive strop. You can then upgrade to a more expensive one after you've gained experience.

Next, you need to determine the method you'll use to mount the strop. You can use a plank of plywood or a sanded piece of lumber. The plank should be laid down a level and rubbed several times. You can then use a pair of 2-tine chisels to punch holes through the leather. The holes should be at least 4" in diameter. You can also use a scratch awl to mark the holes.

If you're planning on hanging your strop, you'll also need to ensure it is securely attached. If you plan on using a D-Ring, you'll need to provide the handle is sturdy and large enough to fit the handle on the strop. Alternatively, you can make a hanger out of leather. 

If you use a strop to hone your knives, you'll want to use a non-abrasive strop balm to keep the leather from drying out. The cream will also add a bit of gloss to the leather, giving it a high-quality finish. It would be best if you also were sure to keep the strop out of sunlight and humidity. You can also use a "Works Like A Charm Balm" leather conditioner by Anvil Hide Leatherworks to bring your strop back to life.