This excellent Japanese 400 grit waterstone is sourced from Kyoto. My employee Alissa named this stone the "latte" 400 because it has kind of a nice creamy, marbled look to the stone. After using a sample for a few months now, it's my current favorite in it's category. The latte is a fast cutter and leaves a nice finish with excellent feedback which is somewhat uncommon on stones of this grit range and it dishes pretty slowly. The latte 400 works equally well on classic carbon steels and modern high wear resistant stainless formulations. To use this stone properly we recommend you soak it for about 15 minutes or a little more. It's a stone that you can permasoak if you wish so you don't have to wait for the stone to soak. Give this one a try. I think you'll enjoy it.
Measures 205mm x 75mm x25mm
I just got this stone earlier in the week and had a chance to use it on a few knives. It cuts almost as quickly as the Bester 500,but is much smoother and the scratches are no where as deep as the Bester 500. I used the Latte on some blade roads on Kurouchi knives and it worked really quickly and left the cladding a nice,dark grey and the harder core a shiny color and helped to flatten out the bevels. Leaves a nice,clean finish; I jumped right to the Naniwa Aotoshi 2K stone from the Latte 400 with no problems. Great coarse stone!
By: Chris Turner
Great feel and feedback. Seems to cut quickly without out much loading or dishing. Couldn’t ask for a better ’low’ grit stone!
I have mixed feelings about this stone. Its a good stone but I noticed that it dishes somewhat quickly and can be a pain in the butt to flatten after a heavy resharpening. However it does preform well an helped to put a new edge on a vegetable cleaver that was extremely dull. Overall I like this stone I just wish it was a little tougher.
Fast,smooth and muddy stone. Feels nice,leaves a dull gray surface that is easy to continue to work on. Really shines on traditional carbon steel but has no problems with modern. I mostly use it for reprofiling and thinning.
It still needs to be soaked for 5 minutes before water stays on the surface. The coloring on my stone was uneven (large white area). The stone looks dirty after a while (hard to wash off all metal) and it dishes,but within reason. It is a good workhorse.
I wish I had seen this before getting my Gesshin 400.Get it from CKTG and you won’t get gouged. I paid $16 more for the stone plus they charged $18.50 for medium flat rate priority mail from that other place. Same stone.
I wish I had seen this before getting my Gesshin 400. This is the same stone for much less and free shipping at CKTG. Mark really takes care of his customers. This stone needs soaking,I’d say 30-45 mins. It feels smoother with the longer soaking. Very good coarse stone for setting bevels
I like it. It lets me get my desired bevel rather quickly. I toss it in a bucket of water until I’m ready to use it. Which can be anywhere from 30mins to a few hours. I haven’t experienced any dishing yet and it has seen about 24 blades. And when it does,I’ll just flatten it out. No big whoop.