The Poor Man strop kit contains a 2" x 26" leather strop and a balsa strop to which abrasives have been added. It also includes a hook for wall mounting, and a small packet of Neatsfoot oil for treating the leather strop. The leather strop can also be looped around a towel rod as shown in the pictures.
The balsa wood has been treated on one side with 0.3 micron chromium oxide (green) and with 0.1 micron iron oxide (red) on the other side. Additional supply of these abrasives are included.
Add $3 if shipped to Canada and $7 if shipped outside the US and Canada.
Spare Leather Strop Option
The Poor Man strop kit costs $25, and includes a balsa strop and the leather strop. Since you will eventually, inevitably slice and dice and ruin your first strop while learning, add $12 for a second strop. Backup! (Add $2 if shipped to Canada or $3 for all other other international locations.)
Rich Man Strop Kit Upgrade
Upgrade to a Rich Man strop kit, which contains the Rich Man strop and the balsa strop, for $71. Add $6 if shipped to Canada and $10 if shipped outside the US and Canada.
When purchased alone, the prices for the items in the Poor Man strop kit are:
- $16 - Leather strop
- $10 - Leather strop with cosmetic flaws (but still fully functional) OFFERED WHEN AVAILABLE
- $10 - Balsa strop and abrasives
- $19 - Poor Man strop kit with cosmetically flawed leather strop OFFERED WHEN AVAILABLE
- $3 - 0.1 micron iron oxide, powder, tablespoonful (add $1 if shipping outside the US)
- $3 - 0.3 micron chromium oxide, powder, tablespoonful (add $1 if shipping outside the US)
- $3 - 30ml Neatsfoot oil ($1 with other items) (add $1 if shipping outside the US)
Special $10 Leather Strops
Not all leather is created equal. And, some strops have spots and streaks and various anomalies and inconsistencies. These strops are perfectly fine for straight razor stropping. However, I cannot sell them for full price. These are great strops despite their cosmetic flaws.
Add $2 postage if purchased alone. Add $2 if shipping to Canada or $3 for all other international locations.
Balsa Wood Strop Instructions
After honing, your blade bevel is V shaped. When you strop on leather, the shaving edge is sharpened, but progressively rounded. This slowly changes your blade from a V shape to a very sharp U shape. After a few weeks or months, leather stropping might not be as effective. When this happens, stropping on the balsa wood strop will usually return the razor to shave readiness. You strop maybe 20 passes on the green chromium oxide side, clean your blade, strop about 20 passes on the red iron oxide side, clean your blade and strop about 40 passes on the leather strop. Then, return to daily stropping with leather.
You will use the balsa strop occasionally. After several uses of the balsa strop, even the balsa strop will slowly become less and less effective. When this happens, your razor should be rehoned to reestablish the perfect V shape.