Knifewear in the News: Calgary Herald: Nothing dull about this knife company

Last Updated: September 09, 2016

Except republished from the Calgary Herald:

Crocodile Dundee would approve of Kevin Kent.

Not that large Bowie knives — like the one Dundee flashed in front of a mugger in the 1986 movie, exclaiming ‘that’s a knife’ — are a staple of Kent’s Knifewear store in Calgary.

But Kent knows knives — especially large, sharp ones — and that knowledge is paying dividends as his company opened a fifth store last month in downtown Vancouver.

Kent, who trained as a chef, has a fondness for imported Japanese knives, which are a popular item at his flagship store in Inglewood.

“The reason I love the Japanese knives is that they use harder steel and that means they can be made to last longer and they can be made sharper, which are the two things everyone wants in a knife,” he said.

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Kevin Kent

Kevin Kent


Kevin Kent’s fascination with Japanese knives began while he was working as sous-chef for the legendary chef Fergus Henderson at St. John restaurant in London, England. In 2007, he began selling handcrafted Japanese knives out of a backpack on the back of his bicycle, while working as a chef at River Café in Calgary, Canada. Kent is just as obsessed with Japanese knives as when he first held one, and a few times a year, he travels to Japan to meet with his blacksmith friends, to drink far too much sake, and to learn more about the ancient art of knife-making. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he refuses to confess how many Japanese knives he owns….but he admits the number is rather high. Follow Kevin on Twitter @knifenerd