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Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:12 pm

Hi,

I am searching for a comparable stone to the shapton glass 500 grit. I have used my shapton glass 500 grit considerably since purchasing it and as a result the stone is beginning to thin out. I need a stone that can fit in between the nubatama bamboo 150 grit and the shapton glass 1k. The stone ideally needs to be able to handle both modern wear resistant stainless steels as well as regular carbons. I found this stone when browsing through your website and I was curious as to whether it would fit the bill:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/la400grst.html

I am open to multiple suggestions aside from what I linked and I would appreciate any advice you could give me.

Thanks,
Julian

Re: Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:14 pm

Hi Julian,

Yes I like the Latte a lot and it will work well for you I think.

The other popular stone in this grit range is the Beston 500 but I prefer the Latte to it since it wears a little more slowly.
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/beston500.html

Re: Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:00 pm

I prefer the Latte to the Beston because it has a better feel and leaves a better edge IMO. That stone would fit well into your setup. The Beston might cut a little faster, but not by much. If you already have a 150 for repairs then the Latte will fit into your setup a little better IMO for replacing your Shapton 500.

Re: Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:25 pm

The latte has a nice feel and cut decent but for me it wore extremely fast.

Re: Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:31 pm

If you liked the Shapton Glass 500 then why not stick with it. You can get the Shapton Glass 500 extra thick, it's like a buy one get one 1/2 price deal. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shglst500grx.html
Would love to have this stone in the 320!

Re: Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:44 pm

I agree Jeff. I'll bring this up to Shapton the next time I speak with them.

Re: Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:01 pm

Agree with Jason B. Latte leaves a nice finish for how low grit it is and still cuts very fast however it dishes very fast. It is sitting pretty low in its original box right now and I doubt I do anything extraordinary with it ( have used it with zdp189, man I hate sharpening zdp189). Seems like most low grit stones wear fast, but it has surprised me a bit. But if a pro who has used as many stones as Jason seems to have says its fast, I'll back him up.

Still very happy with it, and I don't hesitate to say pick it up, but be aware of its dishing.

Re: Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:23 pm

The Nubatama Ume 320 is in my shopping cart at the moment. I think its going to fit the bill nicely between say a 150ish stone and a 1K.

Re: Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:36 pm

Hmm... Im confused. Mark says he likes the latte 400 over the Beston 500 because it wears more slowly. Then Jason B./Luca mentions the Latte cuts fast but dishes fast...

Re: Is Latte 400 a good low grit stone for me?

Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:46 pm

Latte is a great feeling low grit stone....can't comment on it's wear rate though as I've only used it a hand full of times.
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