Featured Specimen

Coticule ID:

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Cream colored, mostly smooth surface with manganese inclusions that look similar to ink drops spreading on wet paper all in a line. On the lateral walls, there is a grey band reminiscent of folded metal used to make modern damascus that encircle the coticule portion of the stone. A small area of BBW is seen just above where the stone is glued demonstrating that it was found next to BBW when mined.

Coticule Dimensions:
110mm X 60mm

Speed on slurry:

Feedback on slurry:
slurry: a clear sensation of very fine abrasion, typical sound of "sharpening steel" Slurry turns black quickly.

not listed

Slurry Keenness Limit:
shaves arm hair well

Speed on water:

Feedback on water:
a very faint sensation of abrasion. Slight draw. water turns black after a while

Edge Qualification:


Purchased from the son of a Barber who retired in 1980 after a straight razor enthusiast bought a razor on ebay that was honed by the seller's father 25 years prior. The razor arrived maxed out on both HHT and keenness. In fact, the enthusiast was so impressed he asked for more information and if there were any stones left over from the seller's father (which is when he learned that the razor hadn't been touched in 25 years)... This stone was bought as a result of that communication as being that barber's coticule.

Current Location:

availability for reservation:
privately owned

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