Masakage and Ironclad Knives Blacksmiths 2018 Canadian Tour

by Kevin Kent May 25, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

Masakage and Ironclad Knives Blacksmiths 2018 Canadian Tour

Masakage and Ironclad Knives are some of our most popular lines, and the blacksmiths behind them some of our most popular visitors. Knifewear is extremely excited to be bringing three of the makers of these amazing handmade products to Canada for a three city cross-country tour this July.

This summer we will be hosting:

    All three of these impressive knifemakers will be visiting Knifewear locations in Edmonton (As seen in the Edmonton Journal), Calgary and Ottawa. As well as the Ottawa Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival! 


    Forging and Sharpening Demonstrations
    (with Matsukaze Tea)
    July 14, 11am - 3pm
    10820 82 Ave NW

     *** R.S.V.P for the Edmonton event on Eventbrite!  *** 


    Forging and Sharpening Demonstrations 
    (with Matsukaze Tea and Highline Brewing)
    July 15, 12pm - 3pm
    Highline Brewing/Minh Chau parking lot
    (two doors east of Knifewear, Calgary, 1316 9 Avenue SE)

     *** R.S.V.P. for the Calgary event on Eventbrite!  *** 

    Sharpening Demo and Customer Appreciation Party (beer and hotdogs)
    July 19, 6:30-8:30
    800 Bank Street

     *** R.S.V.P for the Ottawa store event on Eventbrite!  *** 

    Forging and Sharpening Demonstrations at
    Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival
    July 22
    Ottawa City Hall
    Marion Dewar Plaza

    More about the Blacksmiths and their work

    Japanese knife making has a 1200 year old tradition of raging forges, glowing steel, and back-breaking work. It involves honing craftsmanship and expertise over not just years or decades, but a lifetime. There aren’t many people who carry the weight of history and tradition as intensely as the blacksmith, and there aren’t many nearly as revered and mimicked as the Japanese blade maker. Knifewear is lucky enough to work with the people that keep this trade alive in Japan.

    Get stoked about seeing these craftsmen in action by watching them talk about their work!



    Hiroshi Kato-san, Yoshimi Kato's teacher and father-in-law.

    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