What's the deal on "Kosher" Coticules? Do they really perform better than the rest of them?
Without being an expert in Chassidic Judaism, According to Orthodox Jewish Law, "impure" procedures are not allowed for the slaughtering of animals and the processing of meat. This means that Orthodox Jews are not allowed to use oil stones for the sharpening of the knives used for butchering practice, for oil may contain "impure" substances. Coticules that are harvested from deep within the Earth, are considered to be "pure". "Kosher" means just that. In essence, every Coticule is a kosher one. Jewish law also prescribes that the animals must be killed with one cut. That calls for sharp knives and Coticules have always been acknowledged for yielding extremely sharp edges. Allegedly, the knives are stroked over the whetstone quite often - every few cuts -. This gets blood on the stone, which is no problem because Coticules are not porous. It is important however that the stone is completely free of cracks. For that reason, Coticules are preferred that appear completely perfec!
t. For the way they are used and and because we are talking about knives instead of razors, rapid steel removal is desirable.
Coticule manufacturers used to keep a small - Kosher - stock of stones that met those requirements for their Jewish customers. The designation "Kosher" recently started to lead its own life among straight razor users. Although there is no single reason why Kosher Coticules would put a better edge on a razor than "select" of "standard" grade Coticules, there is a higher demand for them than they are currently available. As a result prices for Kosher Coticules have escalated.
Last update on 2009-09-04 by Bart Torfs.