Knifewear began in July 2007 when we received our first shipment of knives. At that time, we didn't have a store, and I went where I was invited, usually on my bicycle with a backpack stuffed with knives for sale. By October 2007, Knifewear had a display case in a new food shop called Bite. That was so successful that we opened a Knifewear kiosk in one of Bite's storage closets and I was fired from my other job.
...on January 24, 2009, Knifewear Calgary opened to almost no fanfare at all in the location where the shop still resides. Although we did have a famous visitor on the first day when Shibata-san of Masakage Knives arrived for our first face-to-face meeting, nobody thought it would lead to where we are today.
Thank you for making Knifewear Group what it is today. I am grateful, amazed, and shocked by how great all of you have been. I look forward to many more years.
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