I might give my vintage coticule another go in a few months. It may be like myself, improving with age .Shave Test - La Veinette
It looks like this is another stone that has benefited from sitting on the shelf. I wrote Coticules off as a finishers pretty quickly. I didn’t think they were sharp enough. Perhaps I didn’t have the honing finesse to realise the top end potential of a stone with a larger range. Maybe my shave technique is better with more sliding strokes. Whatever it is, I got a pretty good shave off this Coti. It’s not the silkiest of stones under the blade but with oil, light pressure and smooth x-strokes it got there. CCS.
I’m now wondering about all of those other stones that I sold.
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Ha, the steel is crazy hard alright. I ended up putting a Thuringian on my Söderén and it's perfect now.F.W. Söderén. Finally got a natural edge on this that I'm happy with. It's the most stubborn, wear resistant little piece of steel I own. But the shave was perfect.
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I have another, likely newer Söderén that is normal. Well, more like a typical Heljestrand. I have one Helje and one Berg that are stupid hard but this one takes the cake, it's in an entirely different league.Ha, the steel is crazy hard alright. I ended up putting a Thuringian on my Söderén and it's perfect now.
It's an addiction I tell you!Razor Joseph Rodgers 5/8
I missed using a straight razor very much. ....