Back from the dead! It is good to have you back. you delicious slice of costly calfhide.
Immediately it can be decreed that this new-for-’22 DOVO XL is is +0.4mm as thick as – but also more pliant than – the Herold 181J, and that it is about 0.4mm less thick as the last Dovo-labeled batches (not to mention a whole lot lighter looking hue to the hide now, but that may from comparing the old stuff subject to oxidation).
They have always insisted upon the very best of these types of calfhides coming out of Solingen to be for the Dovo-labeled units. They don’t even have an obnoxious price delta vs the Herolds anymore, so tbh only a cheap bastard goes for ’em if it is 3″ they insist upon.
If it was to be a paste-specific sharpening strop I would certainly espouse using the Herold, but for daily stropping on the plain leather it simply is no in the same class as this strop, which delivered to the US now for the price the new ownership is securing for the ~7.8cm width is an absolute bargain. I’m sure they’ll run out of stock soon enough, even before it was always hard to keep stock. 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.