Blacksmith Masashi Yamamoto Tours Canada!

Last Updated: August 23, 2017
In July, we had a Japanese blacksmith, Masashi Yamamoto, visiting us from Sanjo city in Niigata Prefecture in Japan. He is one of my favourite blacksmiths because of the high level of his workmanship. His blades are crazy sharp and super pretty, we especially love the way he polishes his knives to bright shine. We carry 3 different lines from him, View full article →

Lordy in Japan: Part 2

Last Updated: August 16, 2017
 If you recall, Kevin brought me along to Japan to get ready for the Fall Garage Sale. I happily accepted the challenge and had a blast while there. So far we visited the Takefu Gang, Fujiwara, Masashi, Hinoura (Tsukasa and Matsumi, father and son), the factories of Tadafusa and Tojiro, and went to the Onsen, a public bath where I stripped down and... View full article →

Lordy in Japan: Part 1

Last Updated: August 16, 2017
I was lucky enough to accompany Kevin on a trip to Japan. We hung out with some real Knifewear VIPs, ate some amazing food and rode some super fast trains. I’ve done my best to sift through the foggy cell phone pictures, jet-lagged memories and hung-over ramblings to bring you a bit of what I learned. Total hours spent on a plane:  29View full article →

Throw another Yakitori on the Konro BBQ!

Last Updated: August 09, 2017
In Tokyo, there is a narrow alley famous for its yakitori stalls. Omoide Yokocho, or Memory Lane, is jammed with stall after stall of smoking troughs full of charcoal and grilled meats. Crowded around each shop are people chugging beer or sipping chu-high, a highball made with delicious shochu, and devouring skewers of chicken thighs, livers and skin, or even shiitake, negi and bacon. The smells were so... View full article →

B.C. Wildfires

Last Updated: July 18, 2017
Knifewear believes that when your neighbours need a hand, you extend one without hesitation. In May of 2016, when fire ravaged Fort McMurray and the surrounding area, we at Knifewear knew we needed to help our neighbours. The most effective way to accomplish that was to donate to the Red Cross. Last May, we sent 100% of our sharpening proceeds from all of our stores to the Alberta... View full article →

Master Blacksmith Masashi Yamamoto is Visiting Canada!

Last Updated: June 16, 2017
ALL OF JULY: All Masashi knife lines are 10% off July 14 & 15: Forging demonstration and pop-up store at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in LethbridgeJuly 17: Engraving at the Calgary shop (1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.)July 19: Engraving at the... View full article →

The low down on single bevel knife sharpening

Last Updated: June 07, 2017
When you are sharpening single bevel knives like Yanagiba, Deba, and Usuba, there are definite right ways and definite wrong ways of doing it. If you sharpen single bevel knives the wrong way, not only will the knife not get as sharp as it should, but you can also ruin the knife forever. Single bevel knife sharpening is quite simple. All you need to do is... View full article →

It's Time for a Hotdog and Beer Party!

Last Updated: May 24, 2017
June 14, 7p.m. to 9 p.m. at all Knifewear locations  Beer? Check. Hotdogs? Check. Killer tunes and bad-ass knives? Check, check! We're gonna crank it to 11 and get summer off to a proper start. We appreciate all of the support you've given us and want to say "Thanks!" the best way we know how, with beer and hotdogs. A hotdog is... View full article →

Springhammer: Watch it free!

Last Updated: May 09, 2017
  SPRINGHAMMER is a documentary about Japanese blacksmiths who dedicate their lives to making culinary knives [it's also the actual mechanical tool used by the blacksmiths]. At the end of WWII, Japan was faced with a burdensome repurposing of many industries, and with military swords no longer in demand despite a tradition carried on since the samurai, the industry turned to the kitchen.... View full article →

Kevin Kent’s top 5 Chef Knives for Home Use

Last Updated: May 03, 2017
Updated May 2017: Listen, I have a lot of knives. Really the number is quite embarrassing and sometimes I forget about some of them. The collection is like a museum’s collection in that not all knives are on display at all times. I read this article last night and remembered the Masashi gyuto. I dug through a few boxes and found it. I’ve used... View full article →
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