Tsunehisa VG10 Tsuchime Nakiri

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One of our favourites because the size of the blade shows off that patterning perfectly. Vegetables almost slice themselves out of fear when in the presence of this one!

First Impressions

This is a perfect choice for a first Japanese knife if you're looking for a balance of great looks, durable steel and and an edge that we'd say is plenty good enough to start work straight away but if you're minded, you could easily get even better performance with minimal effort on a whetstone.


The blades look stunning and are certainly eye catching. The 15 layers of stainless steel on each side are hand ground to reveal each one in turn like tree rings. The hammered dimples are a by product of getting the layers to bind together but leave the blade with this wonderful finish.

In Hand

Fitted with either an oval wa handle or full tang Western yo handle the knives throughout the range have a great feel. The balance of the knives tend to be nicely centered over the kanji on the wa handle versions and closer to the metal bolster on the yo handled variants. A great collection with a lot of feel.


VG10 is a robust and forgiving steel that's commonly used on Japanese knives because it offers a great balance between durability and sharpness. 

Ease of Care

This is a very easy to care for knife, just follow the normal care instructions and you're good to go. We'd recommend a Japanese knife care kit if you don't already own a stone, rod and strop for longer term care and mantinenance.

A stainless VG10 core is quick and easy to sharpen and the stainless cladding means no rusting or patina so if you're after a low maintenance knife then this is a great option.

Our Verdict

Great Japanese blades, comfortable handles, fabulous looks and performance to match.

This is one of our most popular ranges and one that we often recommend as a great introduction to Japanese knives or as an excellent value addition to existing collection.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 165mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 305mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 46mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 144 grams
  • Core Steel: VG10
  • This knife is made from a stain resistant steel and so is a great choice for ease of care and it won't react with your ingredients like a carbon steel knife.

    Read the Japanese knife care guide
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 60-61 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Various
  • Handle Material: Rosewood (wa) or pakka (yo)
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 2006

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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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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