Raw Equine Premium Leather Strop

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For those who love stropping, but do not want to bother using any stropping compound, raw equine offers the best of both worlds. It contains a high concentration of silicate like the premium equine, and is dense, similar to rolled buffalo. However, it is low concentration of oils, which makes the surface less slippery, and offers lots of control during stropping.  

The high silicate concentration makes it very usable without any stopping compound.  But for those who want to load with stropping compound, we have found it takes 5-6K grit compound extremely well.  It’s currently heavily used by Ryky in his latest sharpening kit.

  • Raw Equine leather contains a high concentration of silicate like the premium equine, and is dense, similar to rolled buffalo.
  • Ideal for loading with 5K - 6K grit compounds
  • Offers lots of control during stropping


  • 10 inch: 10" x 2.5" (25.5 x 6.4cm)
  • 12 inch: 12" x 3" (30.5 x 7.6cm)
  • Comes with slip-free silicone rubber feet

Polycarbonate Base

This is the standard strop base that we recommend, due to its extreme durability, light weight and aesthetic properties. Made of high quality polycarbonate glass sheet. These bases are highly transparent and highly resistant to impact. They are many times stronger than glass or HDPE, and almost unbreakable. It's also much lighter than tempered glass.

Thickness: 8mm / 0.3"

Tempered Glass Base

Back by popular demand, and in limited supply are strops with tempered glass base plates. Ryky loves playing and experimenting with different materials for his strops, and the last time he made strops with temper glass was back in 2018, and all 100 pieces made were sold out in a matter of days. Now he's releasing another 200 pieces for a limited time. 

With the same level of attention that Ryky put into everything he designs, these temper glass plates have a high polish all around and have chamfered edges and corners, and are very comfortable to hold.

Thickness: 8mm / 0.3"

American White Oak Base

Ryky wanted to make a strop base using one of America’s most beloved hardwoods. White oak is very stable and has great water resistant properties, which makes it well-suited for his strop blocks. Being around an environment where water is the norm, having a hardwood that is resistant to warping is a must. If white oak is good enough to be used on century-old bards and school house exteriors, it is good enough for Ryky's strops. With the same level of attention that he put into everything he designs, all of the corners and edges are hand sanded, and are very comfortable to hold.

White Oak base is sourced and made in the USA. 

Thickness: 20mm / 0.8"

Hinoki Base

As one of the most prized types of wood in Japan, it is also referred to as “sacred” wood. The straight grain enhances it’s elegance, and has been known to have a light “lemony” scent.  

Hinoki is also higher rot resistant due to its natural oils. For those who appreciate the appeal of classic Japanese furniture, Hinoki strop blocks will make a great addition to your knife sharpening kit. With the same level of attention that Ryky put into everything he designs, all of the edges are finished by hand sanding to show the classic beauty of hinoki wood. An engraved Ryky logo can be found on one side of the the wood base.

Thickness: 16mm / 0.6"

NEW Carbon Fiber Base

As a cyclist, carbon fiber has a special place in Ryky's heart. After refining the manufacturing and finishing process, and without having to increase the price over the original design, Ryky is very excited to offer this new version to customers. This latest version offers a number of upgrades, from custom CNC chamfered edges and corners, to a new carbon layup design. The CNC edges and corners make for an extremely clean and comfortable to hold finish. The upgrade from a UD (unidirectional carbon) to 3k weave pattern increases structural strength (not that the UD version needed it). And with each layer using the same material, these are 100% carbon fiber in construction.

Thickness: 8mm / 0.3"


  • Designed by Ryky Tran in California
  • Strop Leather Sourced in USA
  • Leather Made in USA
  • Assembled in Hong Kong

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Stephen Ogle (Sierra Vista, US)
Equine Strop

Whatup Ryky? So far, I've only used the strop 3 times. I've only been hand sharpening for a couple of months and honestly, I'm not sure if I have the experience to tell the difference yet. I'll keep at it. Keep up the great work. Love the videos.

Kevin Hirata (San Mateo, US)
Equine Strop

Great strop. I prefer it over the Ultra Premium because it isn't as slippery, thus giving me better control of the knife. Going to purchase a second strop for my woodworking hand tools. Fast delivery, awesome product!

J.C. (Austin, US)
Best strops ever!

A big hello to Riky from France. I trusted his expertise and I was right: These strops are not only beautiful but highly effectives even without compound. I purchased the Raw equine and the Ultra premium for polishing. Both are of great quality as expected. Perfect service, fast and very careful shipping. Thank you Ryky for your advice and your videos so interesting I learned a lot from you.

Excellent Strop

I’m glad Ryky recommended this strop to me.
The 12” is necessary for knifes over 8”
So comfortable to use and a lot of control.
Plus I don’t have to worry about using any compound.

Great recommendation!

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