How to Choose the Right Knife to Gift

November 09, 2021 3 min read

How to Choose the Right Knife to Gift

I know that gift giving is not supposed to be competitive, but I still like to win. I love giving a gift that's super exciting to open and that the recipient will love and use for many years. A Japanese kitchen knife is a gift they will use daily, and have fond thoughts of you every time.

If you're giving a knife as a gift, you obviously want to give the coolest present ever. Ideally you want the recipient to squeal with delight after opening the box. They should be shouting “Holy bananas! This is the coolest thing I've ever seen!” while doing a victory lap around the room with the knife held high above their head—in a safe manner, of course.

How to choose the right knife as a gift:

  1. You need a knife that looks super stunning. There are tons of average looking knives in the world, but ignore those. Gift knives need to be sexy. This shiny, flashy, with a beautiful handle. Even better if they have a damascus finish!

  2. Choose a knife that's easy to care for. Giving someone a knife that could rust is like giving them a puppy to look after. Always go with stainless steel. 

  3. Get something they can use every day. If this is their first Japanese knife, we recommend a multi-purpose knife like a santoku or 210mm gyuto. If it is not their first, a supporting knife like a petty or nakiri is a great option. 

  4. Let them know the story of the knife. Each knife from us includes a letter that tells the maker's story, along with their picture and vital knife-care instructions. If they learn a bit about the love that goes into their knife and how to care for it, they will treasure it more. 

  5. They need to keep it sharp, store it safely and cut on something. Considering how they will use and store the knife can take your gift from great, to amazing! Think about how they will store the knife, (do they require a blade guard?) how they will keep it sharp (do they have a destructive steel honing rod, or a ceramic honing rod which are best for Japanese knives?) and consider a $60 gift card for a knife skills class, so they can become super confident with their new life-long tool. 
    If you really want to blow their mind, add a cutting board in with the knife.

  6. Some superstitions say that giving a knife as a gift is bad luck. They say it can 'sever' the relationship. Be heartened, there is is a sneaky loophole if you are superstitious. Include a coin in the box, and the recipient can use the coin to 'buy' the knife from you. It's sneaky, but I've cleared it with our lawyers. If you're only a little bit stitious, don't even worry about it!

We’ve helped loads of people find the best gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, Mother's Day and Father’s Day. Now Christmas is coming, and we can help.

All of the knives I suggest here have that “wow”-inducing look. They are easy to care for, are something you can use every day, and they all come with a care letter so the person receiving the gift will know the story of their knife. Don’t forget to put a coin in the box and get a blade guard for storage.

Here are some of our top selling gift knives of the year!

Haruyuki Kokuto 135m Petty $135

A perfect 'utility' knife, for those who make lots of smaller meals such as sandwiches and salads.

 

Haruyuki Zanpa 165mm Santoku - $240

Great for people who love and deserve beautiful things. A real crowd-pleaser.

Haruyuki Soba 165mm Nakiri - $218

For anyone who love vegetables, this knife is a must! The flat edge makes super clean cuts, so veggie chopping becomes a breeze.

 

Haruyuki Goma 210mm Gyuto $210

A perfect first Japanese knife for those who may be intimidated by a foray into super sharp knives.

 

Fujimoto Hammer Tone SLD Sujihiki 240mm - $329

Perfect for the BBQ king/queen or head turkey-carver. One of the sexiest slicers on the planet.

Kevin Kent

Knifewear owner and president Kevin Kent’s fascination with handcrafted Japanese knives began while he was working as sous-chef for the legendary chef Fergus Henderson at St. John restaurant in London, England. Back in Canada in 2007 he began selling them out of a backpack from the back of his bicycle, while working as a chef in Calgary. He considers his chef years as the best education for being an entrepreneur. Being a chef takes long hours, involves hard work, both mentally and physically, and chefs must be able to put out fires, both literal and figurative, with extreme competence. Today, Kent is still just as obsessed with Japanese knives as the day he first held one. A couple times a year, he travels to Japan to meet with his blacksmith friends and drinks far too much sake. Each visit he learns more about the ancient art of knife-making. Through this obsession Knifewear has expanded to include five Knifewear stores in Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Edmonton. Plans are also underway to open a store in Kyoto, Japan. He refuses to confess how many Japanese knives he owns … but he admits the number is rather high



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