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From: United States
Posts: 241
I plan on getting the 10000, which is 10 000JPY. The only difference between the strops is thickness, and length. The 10000 is already much wider, and much longer than my current strop, so it will be good for me.

Yes, the linen looks quite stout.

I really like the simplicity of the Kanamayas, from the clip at the top to the simple cut end. I've never tried a strop with a handle, but I don't think I would like it. I think I would feel too disconnected from the strop. I find the cut end (is it called barber's cut?) is also the most visually attractive. What do you guys think?
2009-11-18 19:57
From: United States
Posts: 5
I prefer the D ring handles, but they all have their appeal. I think that it's important to like the looks of your equipment, so, to me, it all boils down to what you most like looking at. Whatever appeals most to your taste is definitely the strop for you, regardless of everything else -- IMHO.:thumbup:
2009-11-19 03:50
From: Belgium
Posts: 81
heh, having taken a closer look, :scared: 450 bucks for a strop, Beberlin, how will you feel nicking one of those? :D

But also, how the heck do you hold on to the bottom? It is just leather? My Dovo has a nice handle, works perfect. I don't mind strops with a ring either, but this one is just the leather? Wouldn't you naturally.. cup it then?
2009-11-19 21:23
From: United States
Posts: 5
I couldn't enjoy an expensive strop -- I'd be too afraid of nicking it. I still manage to nick a strop every now and then but it's not that big a deal because they don't cost all that much (most of them I make myself). But if I nicked a $450 strop I think I'd break down and cry!:P
2009-11-19 23:14
Posts: 146 it ok for me to post here? ;)

I am not a big strop fanatic, but there are a couple that I find I REALLY want. One is The Old Traditional--Robin and Bart wrote poetry on those...and I will get one, eventually.

And the other just arrived today--I got one of Tslil's handmade "Variable Tension Strops". It is MASSIVE, and beautiful. I'll have to try it out some before I say more, but I am really looking forward to it. And Tslil went above and beyond, making me a carrying case and throwing a Covenant stone hone in there with it. Aces, that.

Then, of course...the Kanayamas are there, aren't they? My babies.

I use a #90000. I can't talk much about it, because, you know, I sell them. I know it's impossible to listen to anything that I say about them without taking that into consideration, and that's as it should be. I want them to speak for themselves (if anyone would write a #$##$# review...), so I won't have to.

But holy cripes, do I love this strop. The leather, man...I want pants made of it..Even my wife likes to just run her hands over it. She knows diddly squat about strops or razors, but when she saw it for the first time she said "That is beautiful".

It really is.

And yes, when you nick a $450 strop, you cry. Just a little bit. But they are tools to be used, as much as they are to be admired. I know a couple of people who bought 90000s and won't use them...I think it's a sin, personally.

As for holding it, it's fine once you get used to it. I hold the strop in use between my index and middle fingers, and the other strop between my ring and pinky fingers, to keep it from flopping around.

Guys, if you have any questions or anything about Kanayamas, please let me know. I hope Bart won't take it amiss, I'm not trying to sell anything, but I love these strops, and I love Naomi-san, the maker, so I'm always happy to talk about them both.
2009-11-20 12:54
Bart Torfs (Bart)
From: Belgium
Posts: 5001
As long as no products are plugged, or offered for sale in a thread that the seller not originates himself (only allowed in the Marketplace forum), we're fine about it.
It would be stupid if we didn't allow your input solely based on the fact that you happen to sell one of the products being discussed.

So... if you send us a Kayanama #6000, we will lift the ban. I'll pay for shipment.

That last line was a joke.

You have to pay for shipment yourself.

:D :D :D
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2009-11-20 13:29
Posts: 146
Settling for a 6, are we? No 9? A distinct lack of ambition! ;)

I just used the TC blades loom's fun! Like stropping on a viola or something.

Still can't say anything about the leather, though...
2009-11-20 13:39