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Coticule ID:


Glued to slate Coticule bout, of the La Dressante layer. A few red striae run diagonally across.
This specimen is almost beyond doubt a close relative of n°73, although the lesser presence of red striae makes for a more "plain" appearance.

Coticule Dimensions:
Bout: 125mm long, 35mm at the widest end, 26 at the narrowest end.

Speed on slurry:

Feedback on slurry:
This is a fast Coticule with an outspoken feedback of abrasion and the typical "hissing" sound of sharpening steel. Slurry turns back quickly. Slight draw while honing.


Slurry Keenness Limit:
shaves arm hair well

Speed on water:

Feedback on water:
Feedback on water is almost glass-like, with a very little bit of draw. Water shows traces of steel removal after some honing, which indicates faster than average speed on water.

Edge Qualification:

This specimen was selected for testing, because of it's almost sure kinship to n°73, but with less presence of the red striae. Previous observations of other samples indicate that there might be a correlation between the red striae and abrasive speed on water. It was a good opportunity to to compare a specimen with abundant presence of red striae (n°73) to one with only a few striae (this n°79).

Both hones are relatively fast on water. I have not been able to discern a difference there. On slurry, however, n°79 is slightly less fast than n°73.

Current Location:
Ardennes Coticule storage room

availability for reservation:
available from Ardennes Coticule

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