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Can someone please tell me if this is a vintage coticule please?


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Hi everyone. I came across this vintage hone. Can you tell me if it's a coticule? It's does have two layers but can't tell what those two layers are. Thanks.
Hi Terry,

I edited your post to show the picture. You can check your post to see how it works. There's also a picture tutorial here:

The hone is with almost certainty not a Coticule, unless... it's a very oxidized La Grosse Blanche, which is a Coticule layer that slowly turns dark brown for light exposure during many years. The brown color easily rubs off with a slurry stone, and a pale creamy color waits underneath. The hone also looks to be covered with a dark gunk. Unlikely a Coticule, but not entirely impossible.
But since Coticule don't normally gunk up like that, my bet is that it's some kind of dual sided barber hone. If that's the case, Cedrick Smythe might chime in with more information for you.

Best regards,
Hmmm. i see this often in eBay auctions... did it come in that wooden box in the background?... also is it about 6" x 2" (15cm x 5cm for my metric friends).
If the above is correct then I suspect it's a Norton India Oil stone as mentioned by FiveOhNine... and some of the ancient oil has dried up on the surface.
If it is the oil stone, then when you lap it the fine side will appear pink or deep peach color, Also, it may or may not have the inked stamp on the side or it may be faded.

The unfortunate thing is... they are sometimes unevenly joined like a natural coticule/bbw combo stone, and because of the pink color, when photoed by an amateur, looks just like a cotocule.

But you are not alone... I have one too.

However I could be wrong... and you may may be lucky, and have a Frictionite type hone that simply needs a little cleaning or lapping.

Give the thing a lapping, if it's so hard that you feel a few "new" muscles developing on your arm, then you may have a Norton... however, if it laps easy, then you may have one of the most valuable vintage man-made razor hones in existence.

Please let us know how this works out.
To me it looks like one of these.
Those chips in it don't look like they could be from a coticule. I could be wrong on that one.:D I do have a bunch of barber hones with chips like that, but it looks a little thick to be a double sided barber hone.