Masakage and Ironclad Knives Blacksmiths 2018 Canadian Tour

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! 

    TOUR DATES

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

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


    Calgary

    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!  *** 


    Ottawa
    Sharpening Demo and Customer Appreciation Party (beer and hotdogs)
    July 19, 6:30-8:30
    Knifewear
    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!

    Shibata-san

    Ikeda-san

    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


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    Knife Line
    Blacksmith
    Steel
    Handle
    Maintenance Rating
    What we like about it
    Whats in a name?
    SteelStainless Steel
    VG10 stainless steel
    Rockwell Hardness: 60:62
    HandleWa (Japanese) handle
    Octagon, American cherry with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingEasy, it's stainless steel.
    What we like about itElegant and sexy AF.
    Whats in a name?Kumo translates to Cloud!
    Blacksmithyoshimi kato
    SteelStainless clad with Carbon Steel Core
    aogami super super blue carbon
    Rockwell Hardness: 63:64
    HandleWa (Japanese) handle
    Octagon, cherry wood handle with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingDoable, but some care needed.
    What we like about itCrazy bang for your buck, more Knifewear staff have Koishi's than any other knife line.
    Whats in a name?Koishi translates to Pebble!
    SteelCarbon Steel
    #2 aogami blue carbon
    Rockwell Hardness: 61:63
    HandleWa (Japanese) handle
    Oval, cherry wood handle with plastic collar
    Maintenance RatingPain in the ass.
    What we like about itPerformance with a cheap handle.
    Whats in a name?Mizu translates to Water!
    Blacksmithyoshimi kato
    SteelStainless Steel
    VG10 stainless steel
    Rockwell Hardness: 60:62
    HandleWa (Japanese) Handle
    Oval, Magnolia wood handle with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingEasy, it's stainless steel.
    What we like about itThe perfect gift knife, stainless, beautiful and well priced .
    Whats in a name?Kiri translates to Mist!
    Blacksmithyoshimi kato
    SteelStainless clad with Carbon Steel Core
    #2 shirogami white carbon
    Rockwell Hardness: 61:63
    HandleWa (Japanese) handle
    Oval, magnolia wood handle with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingDoable, but some care needed.
    What we like about itAlmost as great as it's big brother, the Koishi, a great choice for someone getting into Japanese knives.
    Whats in a name?Yuki translates to Snow!
    Blacksmithyu kurosaki
    SteelCarbon Steel
    #2 shirogami white carbon
    Rockwell Hardness: 61:63
    HandleWa (Japanese) handle
    Octagon, magnolia wood handle with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingPain in the ass.
    What we like about itSharp as hell, will rust as you look at it, and thin as a razor. You will love it, but it won't love you back.
    Whats in a name?Shimo translates to Frost!
    Blacksmithtakeshi saji
    SteelStainless clad with Carbon Steel Core
    aogami super super blue carbon
    Rockwell Hardness: 63:64
    HandleWestern style handle
    Desert ironwood with welded bolster
    Maintenance RatingDoable, but some care needed.
    What we like about itThe premo Masakage, Super Blue, Ironwood, and designed by Shibata-san to be pure luxury in a knife
    Whats in a name?Named after this WW2 fighter Jet.