Tsunehisa is a company which sources its knives from several makers in Japan all to their specification, which includes skillful grinds you would get on much more expensive knives. Most knives made for the masses need thinning to reach their optimum performance. Not the case here. If you are looking for a starter knife in this price range you are getting the one of the best steels, Aogami Super Steel Ultra hard core with HRC ~65, for amazing edge retention, and its ability to take and hold an acute edge. Stainless cladding for easy maintenance, and a highly skilled application of grind, which results in excellent cutting performance. Look no further if you want to dive in to the Japanese Knife world, and think, for the time being, that it is the only one you will purchase.