Tsunehisa SK5 Gyuto 210mm

Regular price £80.00

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A great all-rounder ideal for a wide range of jobs for anyone looking for a robust knife that's easy to sharpen and maintains an edge.

First Impressions

At this price point, the out of the box sharpness is good enough to get right to work but there's definitely plenty of scope to improve the edge on a whetstone and you'll have a good quality and reliable workhorse ready to handle prep.


It's perhaps a bit of a hard sell writing about the beauty of this knife when you put it next to some of our other knives but that would probably miss the point a little as this knife is designed to be functional and efficient so the consistent finish and simple but effective full tang riveted handle do their job.

In Hand

The heel of the knives in the collection could perhaps benefit from a bit of sanding to smooth them off for comfort but otherwise the fit of the integral bolster and handle are actually nice in hand and the knives are well balanced generally.


SK5 is a Japanese high carbon steel and is often found in hunting knives, chisels and tools where it can be hardened up to 65HRC but for kitchen knives in this steel they're typically hardened to around 60HRC which allows for plenty of edge retention and easy sharpening.

Ease of Care

The SK5 is a carbon steel so follow our normal care  instructions and store safely with either a blade guard or on a rack and this knife will be a great performer.

This is a very reactive knife and a mono steel construction so you might find as a patina develops over time you also experience some rusting as part of the process. It's quite normal and you can learn more about it on our carbon steel care page.

We mention this now because at the price point it's obviously a tempting knife range for first time buyers but if you're not expecting a highly reactive knife it can be quite a shock! 

If you'd like a easier to care for knife then we definitely suggest the knives from Masutani Hamono as an alternative.

Our Verdict

At this price point, you're obviously making some compromises compared to the much more expensive Japanese knives available so it's important to focus on what the SK5 does well and that it's a sharp, robust and easy to sharpen knife made with the minimum of fuss. 

The handle is comfortable and the edge retention and ease with which you can bring it back to sharpness is a great benefit, particularly in busy kitchens. 

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 187mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 208mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 1.8mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 46mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 155 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: SK5
  • Steel Type - Core: SK5
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and has some special care instructions and properties – Read our carbon steel care guide here

  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 60-61 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Western
  • Handle Material: Black pakka wood

Product SKU: 10855

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.

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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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Since 2011 we've helped thousands of happy customers find the perfect knife for their cooking and hope to serve you soon.

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