Back from the dead! It is good to have you back, you delicious slice of costly calfhide! I can decree forthwith that the updated-since-2022 DOVO XL strop is +0.4mm thicker – but also more pliant than – the Herold 181J, and that it is ~0.4mm less thick than the last Dovo-labeled batches prior to their bankruptcy (not to mention a whole lot lighter looking hue for the hide now, but that may from comparing the old stuff which could be subject to oxidation).
Dovo has always insisted upon the very best cuts of this common type calf hide coming out of Solingen to be used for the Dovo-labeled units. They don’t really have an obnoxious price delta vs the Herolds anymore, so tbh only a cheap bastard goes for the Herold vs this Dovo if it is 3″ they insist upon and both are in stock. This one will feel better every single time you use it, which could be thousands of sessions.
If it was to be a paste-specific sharpening strop, I’d certainly espouse using a Herold branded strop instead. But for daily stropping on the plain leather, the Herolds simply are not in the same class as the Dovo XL, which delivered to the US now for the price the new ownership is securing for the ~7.8cm width is a relative bargain.
Hey, maybe the new ownership will make a horse strop paddle to go with it! Let’s bring back cool stuff. These Dovo XL sueeeeeedey things are cool old school, really only bested by horse shells.