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Tie Her Up’s little red komboloi arrives from Athens and looks great on the M-P

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  The wrist strap looks good on this Leica M-P and 50 Apo with one of Sejun Kim
The wrist strap looks good on this Leica M-P and 50 Apo with one of Sejun Kim’s superb Arte di Mano half cases from Korea. Background: Thomas Hoepker’s iconic picture of Muhammad Ali from the June page of this year’s Leica calendar

This morning I got a surprise from the postman, a promising-looking jiffy bag from Athens containing some camera bondage. It was the unusual wrist strap from Evris Papanikolas’s new Tie Her Up strap company. My thanks to Denise at Greek Leica agent Skiadopoulos in Athens for sending this review copy. Evris is also sending a leather neck strap, a different design, for evaluation. 

In my earlier mention of this very unusual wrist strap I suggested, tongue in cheek, that Evris missed a trick in not calling it a komboloi (pronounced Kombo-loy), the tradition Greek worry beads that are still very popular among traditionalists, especially in areas such as Crete. Much to my surprise he thought this was a good idea and has now dubbed me the godfather of the rope wrist strap.

I lost no time in introducing the red-rope komboloi to my M-P and I think it looks exceptionally good on the camera. Made from climbing rope and leather, the design is unique as far as I am aware. The leather slider sleeve is just tight enough to avoid unintended movement but loose enough for it to be moved up and down the rope with one hand. I look forward to trying it out on the street and I have a feeling this is something that will appeal to many Leica owners. 

A full review will follow, together with Greek prices and some idea of shipping costs. My delivery from Skiadopoulos took just two days and, of course, there are no import duties within the EU.