The Tsunehisa AUS8 Gyuto 210mm is made with a mono steel construction of AUS-8 stainless steel. The blade is laser cut from a single piece of AUS-8 before being ground, finished, and sharpened by hand.
AUS-8 is a lower carbon version of AUS-10 and is similar to 440C or D2 steel. It is made in Japan by the Aichi Steel Company. It is a very good steel for making kitchen knives given its high level of corrosion resistance coupled to an ability to sharpen easily to a razor-sharp edge. This is a very resilient steel so it makes for an easy to care for edge and knife overall.
The blade is quite thin—certainly not a laser, but it does have a nice distal taper towards the tip. Very well done for a knife at this price point. The full tang is also stainless and the bolster is integrated into the blade. A good looking red sandalwood handle is attached to the tang with three stainless pins. A nice hand-engraved set of kanji characters is a surprise addition to this well priced knife.
Anyone looking to enter the world of Japanese kitchen knives would do well to include this very attractive gyuto in their short list.
Location: Tosa, Japan
Construction: Laser Cut, Mono Steel
Edge Grind: Even (see choil photo)
Steel: AUS8 Stainless Steel
Engraving: Hand Engraved
Weight: 6.0 ounces/172g
Blade Length: 215 mm
Total Length: 335 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2 mm
Blade Height: 46 mm
Handle: Yo Red Sandalwood
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