Featured Specimen

Coticule ID:


Bout Rustique, with strking Manganese lines and 'ink stains".  Unknown layer. (possibly La Dressante)

Coticule Dimensions:
bout: 190mm long, widest point: 82mm

Speed on slurry:

Feedback on slurry:
Typical sonority of "sharpening steel". Rapid black discoloration of slurry, indicates very fast abrasion.


Slurry Keenness Limit:
shaves arm hair well

Speed on water:

Feedback on water:
Faint sensation of fine abrasion. Water shows traces of black steel residue after a while.

Edge Qualification:

"Bouts Rustiques" are made from chunks of raw Coticule that are floating around everywhere at the quarry. Coticule rock is normally extracted by blasting large blocks from the massive rock. These massive blocks are then divided in manageable pieces with aid of a large motorized diamond stone saw.
But all this industrial activity also scatters fragments of rock that are lying around in the quarry everywhere. Every now and than, all chunks that look to contain a nice hone are collected and turned into usable hone. By their nature, the finished hones have a distinct "Fred Flintstone" appearance. There are generally also quite thick, with no slate or BBW attached.

Current Location:
Ardennes Coticule storage room

availability for reservation:
available from Ardennes Coticule

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