Tsunehisa Ginsan Nashiji Santoku

Regular price £105.00

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Super looks, performance and a price that's hard to beat for anyone looking for a versatile and lightweight santoku to take their food prep to the next level.

First Impressions

Impressive. We'd expected at this price point that there might be a little bit of tweaking on a stone or honing rod to be done but actually right out of the box the edge is good. 

There's also scope to get a lot more out of the knife too so while it's absolutely good to go right from the start, it's also got plenty of potential for more with minimal effort.


This is a nice looking knife, it's a classic nashiji finish which keeps the cost down and the magnolia handle is widely used in Japanese knives because it's is a material that is hard and naturally antibacterial. 

With the black bolster and silver finish across the blade we thought it was a really nice looking knife and one we'd definitely be happy to have on our knife rack.

In Hand

There are a couple of small compromises made to get a ginsan (Silver 3) core steel knife at this price but fortunately they're not in the steel or edge. 

You might find on some of the knives that the magnolia handle is a little rougher around the edges than on more expensive knives and on some of the knives the finish along the spine can be a little "bumpy" to the touch but to be honest, neither of these have the slightest impact on performance, durabiility or how the knife, well - handles.  


Overall durability might not quite match the more expensive carbon steels but at this price point, the ginsan steel core is a great option and although it's not as hard as some of the other steels, at 61HRC it's plenty hard enough to retain an edge well and performs at a great level.

Ease of Care

Ginsan is a stainless steel and the cladding on the knife is stainless so it's easy to care for and maintain if you follow our normal care guide.

Our Verdict

Excellent value for money, ginsan steel is a super option for those who would like the carbon steel like properties and edge retention but without having to worry about caring for carbon steel. 

As a stainless steel it's easy to care for and at the price we think it's a truly great purchase for either a first Japanese knife or an addition to your collection.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 167mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 305mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.2mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 47.2mm (Heel to spine)
  • Core Steel: Silver 3
  • 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: 61 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Magnolia with black pakka wood
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 10701

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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