Thanks guys. I’ll check out your recommendations.
Saw an interesting comment on an Amazon.co.uk review the other day. I was looking at a Trend strop/paste combo that they sell, and the reviewer was complaining that the strop was poor quality and waaaaay overpriced for what it was. He suggested buying a welder’s apron and cutting it up. I checked them out on Amazon and it strikes me that you get a lot of what looks like pretty good leather for about £10 inc postage. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mechanical-Engineering-Welding-Welders-reinforced/dp/B006DUVDZM/ref=sr_1_2?s=diy&ie=UTF8&qid=1353057878&sr=1-2
Having said that, I do feel a bit reticent to cut up a brand new item!!
Yorkshireman currently living in Hampshire