Let me begin with... I know almost nothing about shaving with straight razors, but am about to learn. Through an alignment in the force, I simultaneously won one in a PIF and chose one from the TSD raffle right before leaving my house to watch Rouge One. So, I now need a strop. I've contacted @Drygulch who gave me some options. I am now looking for some advise from you experienced straight shavers. I can purchase a quality 2.5" or 3" strop. There is a price jump between the two. I originally read that 3" was good as that is how wide most razors are. I am also told that 2.5 works fine, I would probably need to use a crisscross pattern. Being a newbie, does it matter? Is there anything else about a strop purchase that I should know? What do you recommend?