Just like many of you, we were awed by the horrible images of the gigantic wildfire that threatened and burned parts of Fort McMurray. We knew we needed to pitch in and help our neighbours, even if it was only from a distance. Our normal practice is to give half the proceeds from our knife sharpening to a charity, but considering the urgent need for resources, we decided that now wasn’t the time for half measures.
Knifewear has donated 100% of it’s sharpening proceeds from the month of May to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal. Thanks to our generous customers this total ended up being a whopping total of $18,300. We had restaurants bring every knife in the place to get done, some people paid for sharpenings that we would normally give for free, some just straight up donated the money in their pockets. Knifewear really has the best customers in the world. We hope that this money makes a difference to the residents of Fort Mac, and can help future efforts.
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