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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