Kevin in Japan: Bullet Trains

Last Updated: March 24, 2017

Kevin Kent, CEO and owner of Knifewear, is currently on a business trip to Japan. He wanted to tell you about some of his experiences while he’s there. This one is brief because when things move fast you don’t have much time... or something. 


Ok, the Shinkansen (bullet train) in Japan is beyond cool. It really is. I love traveling on a comfortable train at 300km per hour. Who wouldn't? I especially love answering emails on pocket wifi and eating a delicious train station bento box at 300km per hour. Every 20-40 minutes a lady in a perfect uniform pushes a little cart up the aisle to sell us scary fish snacks, beer, coffee, phone cards, or anything you need.  Did I mention they travel up to 300km per hour? I don’t know what that is in miles per hour but it’s quick, matey. Shinkansens are the best.

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