05-02-2013, 11:33 AM
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  • Johnny
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I'm thinking about ordering a Tony Miller strop. Any opinion on this brand or any others you've used?

3" wide with linen backing.

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 05-02-2013, 04:33 PM
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  • matloffm
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I have the vegan strop and I would describe the build quality as excellent and I enjoy using it. I am sure the same can be said for the leather version.

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 05-02-2013, 04:42 PM
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I have a 2 1/2 inch apprentice with linen strop and a 2 1/2 inch vegan. I like the apprentice for a medium to fast draw. The vegan is a heavy draw for me. I wish Tony did 3 inch strops.

I favor my SRD kangaroo 3 inch strop and my Walkin' Horse horse butt 3 inch strops.

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 05-02-2013, 04:52 PM
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  • Johnny
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Tony does make 3" strops. The picture above with the handle is a 3".

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 05-02-2013, 05:10 PM
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I have 2 of his 3" premium steerhide with D rings, one with cotton and one with linen. The workmanship on these strops is outstanding and Tony is great to deal with. I've tried many strops over the past 3 years and his premium steerhide has the nicest draw of any cowhide I've used. I would characterize the draw as light to
light/medium.

I also have the 2" and 3" Walking Horse horsebutt. They have a very light draw, which I like, but the workmanship is not as good as the Tony Miller. I've owned the SRD latigo, buffalo and kangaroo, all of which are excellent strops, but prefer the TM and WH.

After going through a number of strops, the TM premium steerhide and WH are my favorites and what I use now.

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 05-02-2013, 05:28 PM
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(05-02-2013, 04:52 PM)Johnny Wrote: Tony does make 3" strops. The picture above with the handle is a 3".
I've never caught his website when he had the 3 inch strops, only the 2 or 2.5 inch. I'll take a look again. Tony had health issues and was not making as many strops as usual.

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 05-02-2013, 05:30 PM
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  • Johnny
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Ricardo, in the TM strops, do you prefer the heavy cotton or the linen?

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 05-02-2013, 05:39 PM
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(05-02-2013, 04:52 PM)Johnny Wrote: Tony does make 3" strops. The picture above with the handle is a 3".

I just put myself on Tony's waiting list for the 3 inch Heirloom Artisan Steerhide with D rings and extra linen component strop. Thanks for the heads up. Tony usually puts up a notice in the hobbyist/vendor section of B&B, but I didn't notice it this time.

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 05-02-2013, 09:39 PM
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  • Johnny
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(05-02-2013, 05:39 PM)lindyhop66 Wrote:
(05-02-2013, 04:52 PM)Johnny Wrote: Tony does make 3" strops. The picture above with the handle is a 3".

I just put myself on Tony's waiting list for the 3 inch Heirloom Artisan Steerhide with D rings and extra linen component strop. Thanks for the heads up. Tony usually puts up a notice in the hobbyist/vendor section of B&B, but I didn't notice it this time.

I did the exact same thing only with handles instead of D rings.

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 05-02-2013, 10:19 PM
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  • Snuff
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I no longer use straights but for years I've had a TM hors hide old traditional and a steer hide one (both with linnen side). They where for me the best of all the strops I tried, really enjoyed using them. So does the new owner.

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 05-02-2013, 11:00 PM
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Other than a vintage Japanese cordovan and a cheapie bridle leather strop, all my strops are Tony Miller creations.

Sadly, most of mine are out of production.

For horse hide, the Bison Made is a worthy alternative, but pricey as it's targeting the luxury market. Lots of good alternatives for the latigo/bridle leather. Seems to be a very easy to acquire leather and the tanneries seem to be able to pump it out in good quantity & quality for the most part.

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 05-03-2013, 04:47 AM
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I have the Tony Miller Heirloom 3 inch and also a Kanayama #8000, and can say the Tony Miller is an excellent strop, in fact the linen on the Tony Miller in my opinion is better than the linen on the Kanyama which is a little harsh, but on saying that the suede and the Cordovan leather on the Kanayama is probably the best there is, go for it Johnny a great strop.

Jamie

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 05-03-2013, 06:15 AM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen,
I have had several Tony Miller strops through the years and loved them all. I just ordered the new one in 2.5" with genuine linen second component, and I am confident it will be topnotch quality as all the others have been.

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 05-03-2013, 07:50 AM
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Johnny -

I've had several TM strops over the years. I like them all, but latigo is not my favourite surface to strop on. The craftsmanship is top-notch, though.

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 05-03-2013, 01:55 PM
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(05-02-2013, 05:30 PM)Johnny Wrote: Ricardo, in the TM strops, do you prefer the heavy cotton or the linen?

I prefer the linen, but that is a purely subjective preference. I just like the way the linen looks, feels on the steel, and sounds more. However, I haven't found that the linen is superior in terms of the edge after stropping.

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 05-07-2013, 04:29 PM
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  • tezza
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I have the 2.5 inch English Bridle, with linen and dee rings. It's a superb piece of craftsmanship. It's hard to resist buying another TM. I've got my eye on The 2.5 inch, 9 oz steerhide, barber cut. Oooh...

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 05-07-2013, 05:15 PM
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  • Johnny
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Why do some prefer D-Rings over handles?

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 05-07-2013, 05:35 PM
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I have D-rings, handles and ones you have to hold the end of the leather or linen without either. I got the D rings because it was a few dollars cheaper.

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 05-07-2013, 05:46 PM
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  • Obie
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(05-07-2013, 05:15 PM)Johnny Wrote: Why do some prefer D-Rings over handles?
Johnny, I prefer Dee rings over handles. For me, the Dee rings make the strop a wee bit shorter, and I feel I can control the strop better by wrapping my finger around the Dee ring. On the other hand, I also like the old style strops that had no handle or Dee rings.

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 05-08-2013, 03:48 PM
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Some people's fingers don't fit inside the leather handle gap.

Holding the strop via the D-ring method is a better grip than holding the leather handle.

Does it matter in the end? Not really.

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