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265130 Nick Jonkman <njonkman@x...> 2018‑02‑14 Re: Coticule is one-sided
My father also had such a stone on which he sharpened everything. It too 
got thin in the middle. He brought it with him when we emigrated from 
the Netherlands in 1951. When I was young sometime in the 60s I found 
such a stone somewhere for myself about 2" x 8" and have used it most of 
my life. I dropped it once and about a 2" pointed piece broke off which 
lives in my mechanic tool box the other part in my wood shop. I did 
dress it a few times to keep it flat and still works great. From the 
time I was a child (1940s) I watched my dad use his. Usually water was 
not readily available so saliva was always used which habit I also 
picked up. Works great. The stone is almost like slate.

Nick

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