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Small Makers Collection: Sakai Takayuki

Small Makers Collection: Sakai Takayuki

Posted: August 21 2020 in Blacksmiths, Japan and more

Sakai Takayuki is another brand in Sakai, perhaps the most well known brand in the region. Sakai Takayuki was founded in 1947 as a distributor of Sakai knives, which actually makes them a relatively new company in the area (some  Sakai companies have been around more than 100 years). Despite...
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How to Choose the Right Knife to Gift

How to Choose the Right Knife to Gift

Posted: September 10 2020 in How to Choose a Knife and other guides

If you're giving a knife as a gift, it's obviously because you want to give the coolest present ever. You want the recipient to squeal with delight after opening the box! The last thing you want is for them to say "Oh, a knife. That's nice thank you." You want them to...
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How to Fix Your Broken Knife Tip

How to Fix Your Broken Knife Tip

Posted: September 18 2020 in Knife Sharpening

So, you broke your knife tip. I know your pain, I’ve done it too. Sometimes you just set the knife down a little too vigorously, or your coworker fires it into the sink, or you simply just drop it and next thing you know, it’s missing its tip. While chipping...
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Filter Your Water and Cook Your Rice with Binchotan Charcoal!

Filter Your Water and Cook Your Rice with Binchotan Charcoal!

Posted: August 20 2020 in Konro and BBQ

Charcoal is everywhere now. You see it in your soaps, toothpaste, and you've maybe even had a couple scoops of ice cream that were charcoal infused. Nowadays charcoal is popping up everywhere and in most cases, they’re in places you never think you needed it in. All these years that I’ve...
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Japanese Kitchen Knife Care

Japanese Kitchen Knife Care

Posted: September 11 2020 in Knife Knowledge 101

So you got a Japanese kitchen knife? Congrats! A Japanese kitchen knife makes cooking safer and way more fun, but it helps if you follow a few steps to take good care of your knife. This will help the knife to be as safe as possible and stay sharp longer. If...
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Small Makers Month at Knifewear

Small Makers Month at Knifewear

Posted: August 01 2020 in Annoucements, Sales & Popups

As the name implies, Small Makers Month some of the smaller-scale blacksmiths that we've met in Japan, who we absolutely love the work of. These are folks like Mazaki-san or Manaka-san who you'll often catch at our Garage Sales, but they don't make nearly enough knives for us to stock them...
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how to choose a knife and buying guides ➤

Japanese Knife Handles v.s. Western Knife Handles: What’s the Difference?

Japanese Knife Handles v.s. Western Knife Handles: What’s the Difference?

by Nathan Gareau 4 min read

While the humble knife handle is often overshadowed by its flashier companion, the blade, your choice of knife handle is...
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Knife vs. Knife: How to choose a boning knife

Knife vs. Knife: How to choose a boning knife

by Owen Whitinger 5 min read

Or... The Subtle Art of Not Ruining your Knife New Knife Day is the best day ever. Ask any professional...
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The Knifewear Bread Knife Comparison Chart

The Knifewear Bread Knife Comparison Chart

by Nathan Gareau 1 min read

Which bread knife is the best? It's really a matter of what you're cutting, and how you want to cut...
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Blacksmiths, Japan and more ➤

Small Makers Collection: Tosa Uchi Hamono

Small Makers Collection: Tosa Uchi Hamono

by Naoto Fujimoto 3 min read

This article in part of our Small Makers Collection. This series celebrates blacksmiths that make some of our favourite hand-made...
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Small Makers Collection: Sakai Kikumori and Yoshikazu Tanaka-san

Small Makers Collection: Sakai Kikumori and Yoshikazu Tanaka-san

by Naoto Fujimoto 3 min read

This article in part of our Small Makers Collection. This series celebrates blacksmiths that make some of our favourite hand-made...
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Small Maker's Collection: Sakai Knives

Small Maker's Collection: Sakai Knives

by Naoto Fujimoto 3 min read

This article in part of our Small Makers Collection. This series celebrates blacksmiths that make some of our favourite hand-made...
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Knife Sharpening ➤

How to Clean Your Ceramic Honing Rod

How to Clean Your Ceramic Honing Rod

by Colin McGuire 2 min read

Maintaining the Most Important Knife Maintenance Tool Most knife lovers know that regular honing with a ceramic honing rod keeps...
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Advanced Knife Sharpening: Thinning Your Blade, and the 'Taste of Sharp'

Advanced Knife Sharpening: Thinning Your Blade, and the 'Taste of Sharp'

by Naoto Fujimoto 4 min read

  Sharpening a knife is simple and easy: just grind the metal off from the edge at the same angle across...
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The Knifewear gear guide to Knife Sharpening

The Knifewear gear guide to Knife Sharpening

by Naoto Fujimoto 4 min read

We’ve all been there: You’re making a late night snack, or making lunches for the kids. You grab your trusty...
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konro and bbq ➤

Which Binchotan Grade is Right for Me? Naoto's Guide to Binchotan Types

Which Binchotan Grade is Right for Me? Naoto's Guide to Binchotan Types

by Naoto Fujimoto 3 min read

If you’ve met me, you know I love cooking over charcoal. Japanese charcoal, called binchotan, is prized for its amazing...
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Konro Comparison Guide: Find your grill!

Konro Comparison Guide: Find your grill!

by Mason Hastie 1 min read

Cooking over fire; the ancient tradition that gave Homo sapiens a jump-start. It’s still a ritual many of us practice...
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How to use your Konro Grill

How to use your Konro Grill

by Owen Whitinger 2 min read

  You've just taken home your new fancy Konro grill! You're well on your way to the joy of backyard...
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knife knowledge 101 ➤

A Quick Guide To Knife Steel for Non-Nerds

A Quick Guide To Knife Steel for Non-Nerds

by Mike Wrinch 4 min read

This guide is designed to help you pick the right knife, without needing to know everything about steel. I grew...
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Wabi-sabi and the Impermanence of 'New'

Wabi-sabi and the Impermanence of 'New'

by Nathan Gareau 3 min read

Before most of us worked at Knifewear, we were knife-nerds first. The mystique and allure of handmade blades drew us...
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The Truth About Damascus Steel

The Truth About Damascus Steel

by Owen Whitinger 5 min read

‘Nary a day goes by here at the shop when we’re not asked the most common questions - “Are these...
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