Tsunehisa VG1 Migaki Santoku

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A good looking and well finished all rounder, ideal for a first Japanese chef knife or excellent value addition to a collection.

First Impressions

Sleek and stylish, the VG1 is a collection in the same style and price point as the knives from Masutani Hamono and show a consistent finish as you'd expect from Tsunehisa's workshops in that they're thin and slice well right out of the box.


The VG1 is a great looking knife. It's got a full tang yo handle made from pakka wood and the blade boasts a lovely migaki finish on the stainless cladding running down to the polished core steel which glimmers as it catches the light and each knife has a unique wavy pattern where cladding meets core.

In Hand

The pakka wood handle itself is comfortable but as you often find in knives at this price point, the spine and heel of the blade could perhaps do with a little rounding off but these are typically the touches that elevate a knife into a higher price bracket and so it's not something we'd really worry about and if you do find it uncomfortable in a pinch grip you can always smooth the edges at home.


VG1 offers a good balance between the hardness that gives good overall edge retention and the heat treat to about 60HRC allows for a little extra robustness over higher HRC blades and so while there will be a little more regular sharpening required to keep the edge in top condition, it's durable and will last well.

Ease of Care

Quick rinse and dry and then store it either on your knife rack or in your drawer with a saya or blade guard (or even in the presentation box if you wish) and this knife will last you a lifetime.

Our Verdict

The VG1 Migaki is a great value collection of knives and certainly a perfect first Japanese knife or a low stress gift option for a friend or family. 

At this price point, we think they represent great value for money.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 173mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 296mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 46.1mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 1.8mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 152 grams
  • Core Steel: VG1
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: Approximately 60 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Western
  • Handle Material: Pakka wood
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: TSU-0022

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

We recommend the magnolia santoku saya for this knife.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker


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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Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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