When I first started honing a number of years ago I purchased a board strop. I used it for several years and then switched to a hanging strop. Recently I have been restoring some antique store SRs that I accumulated and I rediscovered my board strop. What a pleasure to use! I realize in many ways I prefer a board strop to a hanging strop. The board forces you to keep the blade perfectly level and to go slow. Not that I am reckless with a hanging strop. The board strop encourages a more deliberate stopping motion. Anyone else out there prefer a board or paddle strop?