Smooth Leather Strop with Unique Features
The new strop from Naniwa is not just another strop. Aside from the quality of the smooth leather and excellent fit and finish, this strop has features not found on other strops.
Mounted strops are typically made of a piece of leather attached directly to a backing piece of wood, making them fairly "hard" with little or no give. The Naniwa strop however has a much softer feel. Instead of mounting the leather directly to the wood backing, there is a 2mm thick layer of cushioning between the leather and the wood base, giving it a soft, almost springy action. This makes it perfect if you are a sharpener who likes a bit of give to the strop, especially if you like slightly convex bevels. By varying the amount of pressure used while stropping, you can vary the amount the leather will curve around the bevel.
Nothing is more annoying than working with something that won't stay still while you are using it. If you've ever chased a sharpening stone around your work surface while trying to sharpen, you know what we mean. That's not a problem with the Naniwa strop.The bottom of the block is covered in synthetic non-slip pad. You can set the strop down and get to work without worrying about it sliding around while you hone.
Sized Like the Naniwa Stones
The Naniwa Strop is 8 1/4" x 2 3/4" x 7/8" (210mm x 70mm x 24mm), the same length and width as Naniwa's Traditional, Super and Professional stones. Not only is that a practical surface size for stropping, but if you prefer to work on a stone holder like the Naniwa Toishi Dai, it will fit right in. Of course, like we mentioned, the non-skid back means you don't necessarily have to use a holder, but this gives you one more option.
Being the same size as the Naniwa stones also means the the Naniwa Leather Strop will fit in the Naniwa Stone Box and Stand. They fit best in the larger 1 1/8" deep size.