It's insane how hard it is and how soft the blue is.. It's like a diamond backed with gelatin...
Maybe two years ago this guy came up on the auction site. The price was way to good to not give it a home, so I did. This is 6-3/4” x 1-3/4” x .5ish thick. It is without question the best coticule I’ve ever owned and the easiest, most consistent also. It reminds me of a slab of spalted maple burl.
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Nice stones, nice scores. I love to find them when they are priced in a single number.Just scored this Coticule for $6. It is 6”x1-3/4”x 1/2”. It only took 2 minutes on my DMT to get it decked nice and flat. In doing this I noticed this one seems for lack of better description buttery. I have 2 smaller Coti’s they don’t quite feel like this. I will give one of my wedge blades SE type a go on this.
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I've been researching, and I think this stone might be what was known as La Rose.Some time ago I bought a good size vintage coti off eBay, only to find it was terribly dished in the middle, but only on one side. How you manage that I have no idea. And of course the seller only photographed it from the good side.
anyway, it got tossed on the too hard pile until yesterday. The ends were still thick, so rather than grind it all down the drain I cut them off for slurry stones and spent forever lapping the middle section. The yellow side is pretty thin now, but at least it’s flat. And it’s still a usable 143x45mm.
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Beautiful stone!!Sharpened a Bengal blade I use to test new stones: light slurry, progressive dilution, water only finish. Twice to be sure to erase any existing finish. Honing was easy, enjoyable, and fast.
This morning shave was wonderful. Plenty sharp enougth, and easy on the skin. Not the crazy sharp filas I normally use, but I could happily shave with this for the rest of my life.
Sobering how a small (16x4cm) humble coticule can hold his own face to a full shelve of prime hones...
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