Hones waiting to be sold at Ardennes Coticule

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layer: "La Grosse Blanche"
extracted: Coticule Quarry at Ol Preu.
size: 4cm X 15cm, rectangular hone.
thickness of Coticule: 19mm, which is exceptionally thick, but a separation crack runs all the way through at about 9 mm. Both layers appear bonded well together.
speed with slurry: moderate(range: very slow - slow - moderate - moderately fast - fast - very fast)
speed with water: very slow (range: very slow - slow- moderate)

a amazing sensation of exceptionally fine abrasion, typical sound of "sharpening steel" Slurry turns gray over use.
water:a faint draw.

Slurry specifics: good slurry release. Slurry has a soapy textureSharpness level coming off slurry: +++ (range: + shaves my armhair barely, ++ shaves my armheir well, +++ sufficient to shave my face)
Finishing properties, water only: excellent. hone leaves an amazingly smooth edge.
Dilucot: follow standard procedure. Requires precise and carefully executed dilution phase.
Unicot: follow standard procedure. Very smooth results.
Touch-up hone, use with water: capable of edge maintenance at earliest signs of deterioration