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Bouts = "leftover" randomly-shaped trapezoids/rhomboids/etc. that remain after first extracting as many rectangles as possible. For the record, they obviously had bouts a century and a half ago, too...I guess back then they assumed there'd be plenty of rocks forever. WRONG!
Bouts are great for establishing bevels, and present no limitations at all for water-only finishing to me. Depending upon their shape, they can be limiting for going from bevel-making to the final finish, at least for the inexperienced...but with enough square footage (particularly in any one long axis), bouts are absolutely fine and of no meaningful difference. Bouts are always the best value per unit of area, too.
Bouts are cool; I'm privileged enough to say I was once briefly an Aspen, Colorado ski bum (94-95, ask me about mid-Feb. when we had ~100" in 10 days followed up by 26" after the lifts closed and before they opened, people were hurling themselves off the Steeplechase edge just to land in bottomless chicken feathers), and bouts remind me of skiing Aspen Highlands instead of Aspen Mountain. While the latter's more famous, nearly every run falls straight to earth...most runs on "Highlands", however, simultaneously fall down and to a side. In this opinion, one learns more of skiing in that complex realm, and one will better learn honing's essence on a bout than on a rectangle. Honing's primarily about what you're feeling with any one part of the edge at any one time on any one part of the stone. Become accomplished living that philosophy and you can hone upon circles. To loosely quote the brilliant 1980 masterpiece Caddyshack, "be the edge" :-)
Select #10 size bouts aren't especially common, but the others can be had, in one shape or another, with regularity.
Aiding the straight razor set, bouts are rarely square-they tend longer and thinner...if your sharpening knives, perhaps a square would be best.
ALL Our Coticule Bouts are Photographed for Your Examination...
If you intend to regularly establish bevels with your coticule, we'd advise going over to the big river or knife-centric site and getting your own long-term lapping solution. While all you truly need is sandpaper, time, and a true flat backing surface like granite countertops (or a $5 1x1' square of such from Home Depot), a DMT lapping plate ("W250CXWB", "W250CXNB", "W8CXNB", "WM8CXNB", "D8C", "D10C", "D8XX", and the new "XX Lapping Plate" are t4he most popular model numbers) will make life more enjoyable.
Lapping coticules initially's a very worthwhile task, and much less critical thereafter. They're hardly entirely-lapping-dependent like good waterstones.
If you wish us to 'lap' (flatten) your rock purchase, click the add-to-cart button below. The stone will be "pencil-grid" and then the grid will be removed with a DMT XX Lapping Plate...twice. I don't flatten slurry stones; I actually think they work better when not perfectly flat to the hone. The hone will also be rounded off at its edges/corner just a little bit, to create a flat plane free of full-90° approaches.
NOTE: WE DO NOT LAP SLURRY STONES. Trust me, for the purposes of generating slurry they actually work better when not perfectly flat to the larger stone. See how we do it below...
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ABOVE: Select Grade #10 Bouts #92581-92583
$143 (USA ONLY) $159 (Worldwide)
ABOVE: SELECT-9 BOUTS 24591-24596
|#24591 $118 (USA ONLY) $130 (Worldwide)||____|
|#24593 $110 (USA ONLY) $121 (Worldwide)||#24594 $115 (USA ONLY) $126 (Worldwide)|
All are lapped & will receive a free slurry stone
none were marked for any vein by Belgium
ABOVE: Select Grade #6 Bouts #92251-99258
ABOVE: Select Grade #8 Bouts #132101-132110
Select 9s #101671-1016710
Select 9s #101731-101739
Select 10s #101781-1017810
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