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.