I would appreciate some objective views on coticules. I started with them a few months back and am really enjoying the simplicity and relaxed honing approach. I have been getting very nice edges - great shaves. I would like to understand what I could be aspiring for. Here are three coticules: The one on the left, is fast with heavy slurry and chews through metal at the early stages but is very difficult to finish with. The one in the middle is an amazing finisher but slow and hard work early on. The one on the right is fast and good all the way through although so far not producing as great finished edges as the middle stone. I get the best results by running a dilucot with the one on the left, stropping and then continuing with the stone in the middle and finishing on it. I have also stropped (spine leading) on the middle stone and just used these two stones. I have shaved directly from the middle stone without stopping on a strop with good results. As I understand it if you use a paste after the coticules you are not really experiencing a coticule edge. Do you agree? Should I be mastering each stone for the full progression or do you think the strategy of pairing stones is a good one? How keen can I expect a coticule edge? To be honest the middle coticule gets very close to a Llyn Idwal or a Charnley Forest. Is it reasonable to expect a CF level of sharpness from a coticule?