Similar experience here. I went from thinking that coticule edges were just too coarse for me, to deciding they were OK, and I think it was all improvements in my technique, but I have no idea what those improvements were. That kicked off a search for a really fine coticule, to see just how far I could push things.I agree on y your assessment on coticules and the need to learn the subtleties of your stone. I've had coticules I though were garbage, at them on a shelf for a while and the next time o try them in shocked at how good they are. All the songs I got rid of recently I felt the same way about them when I tried them before I sold them. I think with coticules if you've got one with fine garnets in it, it *can* produce a great shaving edge. Three only ones I've come across that CAN'T produce a shaving edge meet one of 2 conditions: a) the garnets are to coarse, they'll leave a toothy edge on a knife. These are great knife stones and all I've had that are this way are still in my house on knife duty. B) they are too soft and self slurry and the slurry dulls your edge. It's taken me time to figure out all the rest that don't fall in this category but they'll all produce a good shave with some finesse.
Similar experience here. I went from thinking that coticule edges were just too coarse for me, to deciding they were OK, and I think it was all improvements in my technique, but I have no idea what those improvements were. That kicked off a search for a really fine coticule, to see just how far I could push things.
Now that that's covered, I really want one of the coarse ones, for knives. But no one is out there saying "buy my coticule! It's really coarse!" I guess I need to make some inquiries.
Mine is fine enough to shave off of(i like finer) but it is blazing fast. I've use it to remove chips from knives before and in a fairly reasonable amount of timeThe yellow side of my hybrid is about as course as I’ve seen a coti. Honestly I don’t much care for it but I’ll still keep it. I may find use for it at some point.
My point in all of this is... No one is selling off their best stones.
I can get a decent shaving edge, but not a keen and comfortable edge like an Ark or Jnat.
Eh, unless they're making room for potential better stones, but probably not the best, *best* stones, but maybe "best". There are still amazing stones floating around so and sometimes for not too much. Or I'm the luckiest guy around. I got Irish luck, friend.In terms of reading about Coticules, a good place to start is "Guide to Buying Belgian Coticules" by Ryan - just search the Internet.
That would be pretty cool. Im still pretty new here but i really have been enjoying the wetshaving experience in general and love the community alreadyOnce you have some more posts (50), you can open a thread in the BST forum and see if someone will hook you up. I'd be surprised if you emerge empty handed.