Tsunehisa AS Santoku with red pakka handle

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A core of super sharp aogami super steel wrapped in a delightful contrasting kurouchi finished cladding and offset with a full tang red pakka wood Western shaped handle makes this santoku a real all rounder in the performance and looks categories and it's one that from the moment you make your first cut will become a firm favourite in your kitchen.

First Impressions

The fit and finish are definitely a good standard and the sharpness out of the box is already impressive. 

Should you wish to, you could thin it a little further to really bring out an additional level of sharpness but right out of the box it's a nimble and reasonably light knife that's a joy to use.


The range comes in a variety of options including both kurouchi and unpolished finishes and with a wa handles made from cherry and morado wood or Western yo shape red pakka wood. 

The tsuchime hammer finish tapering down to expose the aogami super core along the cutting edge and engraved kanji combine is subtle and each blade is uniquely patterned. 

In Hand

A smooth fit and finish on the wa and yo handles and well balanced it's easy to use although if we were being really picky we might have liked a slightly smoother finish around the heel/chiol where you might find it a little rough but it doesn't significantly impact on overall comfort or use.


The stainless clad aogami super should retain its edge well and it's reasonably easy to maintain and sharpen so the knife will last as long as you want it to and perform time after time.

Ease of Care

The aogami super steel along the cutting edge is reactive and will develop a lovely patina as it reacts with your food and moisture but apart from the normal care instructions it's a nice easy knife to keep. 

Check out our carbon steel care page for more tips on how to look after your knife.

Our Verdict

At this price point, the Tsunehisa AS is unquestionably a great value Japanese knife.

You're getting a well made knife with an Aogami Super steel core and a nice selection of both handle and either unpolished or kurouchi finish and they're impressively sharp and ready to go right out of the box.

If you're looking for an AS steel, we happily recommend the knives in this range.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 186mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 309mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 45.9mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 187 grams
  • Core Steel: Super Blue Steel
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and therefore has some special care instructions and properties.

    Read the carbon steel care guide
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 63-64 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Various
  • Handle Material: Cherry, morado and red pakka wood options
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 11251

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

Blacksmith Profile


Tsunehisa is a brand that supply knives from a range of blacksmiths and forges from around Japan including Sakai, Tosa and Seki and as such the range of knives available under the Tsunehisa name features a wide range of steels, styles and finishes but each one has a high level of quality and finish in common.

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