A diamond shaped glued-to-slate Coticue, presumably of the La Dressante layer, with pinkish and pale colored surface figuring, and an interesting occlusion of what appears to be BBW.
diamond shaped bout: 118mm x 69mm
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This specimen has the pinkest slurry I've ever seen on a Coticule. It has a nice draw, and a good feedback of fine abrasion, that dissipates slowly as the slurry is diluted during the Dilucot procedure. This aids to "read" the stone well while sharpening. The diamond shape works actually well for honing with an X-stroke, while the hone is hand-held in a "North to South" orientation. The sloping edges of the hone guide the honing stroke well.
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shaves arm hair well
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Almost glass-like feeling while honing on water. After prolonged honing, very minor traces of black steel residue can be observed in the water. Nice draw while honing that aids to maintain good contact.
This Coticule was selected by me (Bart), during a visit at Ardennes, while I went through a stock of smaller hones, selecting visually attracting pieces. These little rocks are practically jewels in the eye of the Coticule lover I am, and with their limited cost, it is even for a non-collectioner as myself, tempting to start a small collection of various attractive Coticules. But they're not just for display. With their small size, they lay on the hand very easily and after some initial getting used to, they work as easily and efficiently as the larger Coticules.
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