Featured Specimen

Coticule ID:


A beautiful glued-to-slate Coticule from the La Dressante layer, with a captivating "tiger-striped" appearance.

This is a small rectangular specimen, but it's perfectly suited for razor honing. Thanks to its very limited "slurrydulling", this is an easy Coticule to arrive at good shaving keenness.

Coticule Dimensions:
100mm X 40mm

Speed on slurry:

Feedback on slurry:
Slight sensation of abrasion, without draw. Leaves a nice keen edge off slurry, that requires little additional refinement before finishing on water.


Slurry Keenness Limit:
sufficient to shave a beard

Speed on water:

Feedback on water:
Glass-like sensation, no draw. No apparent traces on steel entering the water. Upon cleaning the edge with a paper tissue, a bit of black residue comes of the edge, as evidence of steel removal.

Edge Qualification:

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 (less than 40 EUR at present), 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 longer Coticules.

in spite of the red striae, which are usually indicative of realtively fast speed on water, this Coticule sample shows no elevated speed on water. It illustrates that Coticule morphology remains ambiguous and inconclusive.

Current Location:
being prepared for relocation to the State of Denmark

availability for reservation:
privately owned

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