09-01-2014, 06:06 PM
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I have read some speculation about using fire hose as a replacement for the linen/cotton component, or in addition to the traditional components. I have seen enough to never want to use true used fire hose. Ever! That being said, I have run across a fella who bought some small diameter hose brand new and made a few strops. Anyone have any experience with using fire hose for stropping?

Yes I have true linen (new, vintage, different suppliers), cotton, and polyester webbing. I am just very intrigued by this alternate use of fire hose.

Thanks!

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 09-07-2014, 07:27 AM
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  • geezer
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Cotton tube/ AKA fire hose, without the rubber lining is good and there are many varieties available, and many different weaves. The hitch is that they are sold by the 2000 foot lot.
~Richard

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 09-07-2014, 12:12 PM
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On the same wave length... I've been using a military style cotton belt material for sometime now. I have it pasted with Crox and use it daily before and after each shave. It's been an excellent strop for me.

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 09-07-2014, 07:48 PM
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Gentlemen, thank you for your comments. You have helped me make up my mind. I will place an order this week. It appears the cloth hose is old but unused and excellent quality with a hanger and D ring included, attached with quality leather ends and Chicago screws. Rubber inner hose has been removed.

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 09-14-2014, 06:06 AM
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Also any Twill type material will work. Denim etc.. Also cotton belts. Went to a thrift store and picked up 5 for a buck. Similar to a Boy Scout type belt . Some I load with CrOx some with diamond spray. They work great. And cheap.

Some guys go to junkyards and use seatbelt material. I haven't tried that though. They get it for nothing. But it's a nice width.

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 09-14-2014, 11:43 AM
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Agree with the cotton belt material. Been using one with Crox for some time now and it works very well.

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 09-14-2014, 12:53 PM
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(09-07-2014, 07:27 AM)geezer Wrote: The hitch is that they are sold by the 2000 foot lot.

Yes, but he'd never need to buy more. Lightbulb

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