Horsehide is a must for those serious about their straight razor. The texture of horsehide offers better "draw", meaning it grabs the edge of the razor and straightens it more effectively, allowing your razor to stay sharp longer.
A strop is a must for your blade. By stropping properly on a regular basis, you can avoid sharpening your razor as often and help it last longer. Sorta like brushing your teeth often to help you avoid the dentist. Ezra Arthur strops are extremely solid and designed to have the leather or canvas portion easily replaceable in the event of a stropping disaster.
About Ezra Arthur - A family of brothers crafting leather goods using time-honoured methods, creating heirloom goods worthy of their grandfather’s name, Ezra Arthur. Leather goods are fully handmade from the finest materials and carefully inspected prior to leaving the factory in Phoenix, USA. Ezra Arthur's goal is to create the best products in their field, from razor strops to designer backpacks.