Just waded through an immense pile of info about stones, with Arkansas stones nearly unmentioned. Synthetics and Japanese stones were the focus, not even *much* mention of coticules. It was easy to get an impression of who is agressively marketing and who isn't. (Possibly even a correct impression
Having read quite a lot for one session, and posted a few questions, I have considered the idea of having a known good high grit synthetic as a benchmark stone. It seems potentially useful to have something to measure natural polishing stones against, because it's hard to compare them to each other. A baseline might help establish objective and verifiable descriptions of each stones sharpening characteristics.
It may seem that I'm curious about every kind of stone but coticules, and tisn't so. I'm merely waiting on shipping to get a combo 6x2, and a combo nagura, my first. I'm anxious as heck till it gets here safe, and I'm trying not to think about it.
I have, however, hunted any stone that spared wear on the coticules, splitting off the parts other stones could do well. My best one has only been lapped and tested, because it's dedicated to my adventure with straight razors. Now I'm in the place to learn much about methods. Living through the experience is my fondest desire, and I figured some education couldn't hurt.
I hope the 6x2 is adequate to restore a long neglected but apparently undamaged razor, as I'm going to try honing this 4/8 R. Droescher,Inc. "Gold Bug" into utility. The question is, will I ruin it before I learn how to improve it. If so, I've got another one, a non-stainless Solingen Meister, with a deep, even patina, also useable if I'm correct, also a 4/8.
They're mighty slim razors but a guy has to start somewhere. Any sensible advice I might not have heard before is much welcomed.I certainly don't intend to put either razor on an Arkansas hone unless I learn something currently unknown. If a coticule won't do it, I already know why not, and that's when I squeal for help.