The Golddachs strop is the best bovine strop leather I've seen, and frankly it isn't even close. Better than every Kohl & Laibach/Herold, Dovo, Illinois,...anything else from a cow/steer/calf, nothing compares in the leather itself. They told me emphatically at the tradeshow (a lady, 2nd in command there, in fact), that they do not share their tanning process with any other Solingen outfit, and that they use the slowest and most gentle process so that the leather will, get this, not need the addition of leather fat (= Dovo yellow paste, or neatsfoot oil) during its life. How much more gentle could tanning be when I know for certain that the dominant brand has to await their hides for years of process rather than days, weeks, or months? "Gentler", so she says. Well okay. The soft split-side equivalent of a waxy English Bridle tanning's durability and resistance to drying/cracking/glazing? I don't know that I can believe that, as I've so often read of other strops being claimed not to benefit from any additional fat, and only English Bridle has struck me as being true to it, that being a tanning process so heavy on the oil that it, in this view, horribly affects the sensitivity of the feel. I will say this, though; whatever fat this thing will want, surely it is the least, and you get all the great flex and super-sensitive feedback of the Herold "Ri" prima cuts. It must be one heck of a piece of cowhide if we'd stock it and being so small it is still more expensive than all but the two costliest Dovos, hmm? Believe that. It is the best of the cowhides, which is a polite way of saying that it is still inferior to a horse shell, good horse strops having more or less gone the way of the dodo, though. I have been using this strop consistently for 2 wks since this sentence's creation and it has not yet glazed or begun to leave gobs of 'strop dandruff' on the razors' concavities the way that the others do, so they are at least not the same exact tanning/tannery as all the rest.
You strop on the side with the embossed logo. Nothing can be used on the back; get a good strip of denim, the Herold "linen-only" strop, or an old seat belt slice and use that as your 'prep' side to heat up and clean the edge before taking it to this leather.
This is not a beginner's strop. It is for the man who has everything and wants to experience the best and doesn't mind a smaller surface to get it.
100% produced in Solingen, Germany. Dittmar GmbH (the maker, and owner of the Golddachs brand) entirely produces the strop leather and the endcaps leather themselves. You won't have experienced similar cowhide; it feels as soft as any split-side, and indeed is a split-side, but does not shed little yellow like all the rest of them.
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