“MOST WANTED: Checking out the kick-ass knives at Knifewear in the Glebe”
Ottawa Magazine features the Masakage Koishi Santoku, the Fujiwara Maboroshi Santoku, and the Konosuke Sakura Nikiri Knives on it’s MOST WANTED page in the Shopping section.
“A good knife is like a luxury car: a tool that serves a practical purpose but is also about design, aesthetics and the experience of using something made with care and precision.”
“The shop has an open concept, with striking red walls and cases of knives on full display, resting gently in their beds of red lentils. Staff members are all incredibly knowledgeable about their wares and the materials used to make them.”
“…while this self-proclaimed “knife nerd” has been known to strum a few chords, he’s best known by North American chefs and food lovers as one of culinary Canada’s retail success stories.”
“I did research and discovered that almost every house in Ottawa has a kitchen and almost all of those kitchens have a knife,” Kent says with a laugh
“Chefs regard their knives as revered tools, symbols of their prowess in the kitchen and badges of honour earned from relentless work.”
“…there is something magic about the spirit of these modern “ancient” blacksmiths. Some Japanese knife-makers can trace their histories back more than 700 years to the glorious period of katanas and samurais.”
“Kevin Kent is a Calgary Superhero, and I am happy to claim him as an Alberta Icon in the food industry for more than a few reasons. And, he isn’t even in the food industry.
He sells knives. Not just any knife. “Knives that actually cut good.” Japanese knives. Knives with a story. Hand-hammered, hand crafted really sharp and gorgeous to look at knives.”
There’s one thing you never ever do when you’re working in a kitchen: borrow another chef’s knife
“A chef with a knife that doesn’t cut is like a Ken doll, useless. It has to be beautiful bordering on pornographic: shiny, unique, and desirable. Most of all, it has to be personal, something that reflects the soul of the wielder.”
“Using a knife is really important for cooking, but there’s a lot of bad (stupid) ways to do it. You can cut and injure yourself… If you don’t have good knife skills you will: 1. Be in danger and, 2. Enjoy cooking less.”
Knifewear: Tongue Cutter IPA
“if you happen to be as obsessed with your knife collection as you are about your beer knowledge, this sounds like the ideal beer for you.”
“The beer will not be available for purchase at Knifewear, as Kevin notes, with a laugh, ‘Who would give us a liquor license?’”
“Buying a knife at Knifewear in Inglewood is probably similar to Harry Potter’s wand-procurement process where it’s the wand that chooses its owner. “
Calgary’s resident Knife Nerd, Kevin Kent a
former Sous Chef of Fergus Henderson
and St. John Restaurant in London”
“Just like a fine jeweler, the further in you venture, the more exclusive the offerings become and the more there is to learn about the makers.”
“a London influence on Japanese steel has gestated in the Canadian prairie…close to a rusty train yard, old brick buildings and antique shops. How perfectly unfitting. The fact that all of this makes perfect sense to me must make me a nerd too…a knife nerd.”
“Kevin Kent says he remembers the days when Inglewood was made up of ‘junky-furniture shops, used cars and hookers.’”
“After unsheathing my new Masakage Shimo knife I was feeling like a Samurai, all full of pomp and bravado and ready to eat some red meat and drink some Japanese beer.”
“The new Masakage Yuki (snow) collection has arrived at Knifewear like a fresh dump of powder.”
“Knifewear in Inglewood, a knife utopia akin to Tiffany & Co. except it sells steel blades instead of diamonds.”
“With my freshly sharpened Japanese knife in hand, I feel as if I can conquer the world! Well… potatoes, at least.”
“… Call me crazy , but I’ll take a sexy high quality knife over a piece of jewelry any day …”
“. . . I often think, “What would Tom Waits do?”. . .
Fast Forward Weekly – Your Face Here- Carol Harrington June 17th, 2010
“… this knife shop isn’t your average cookie cutter utensil emporium.
Think of that scene in Crocodile Dundee, you know the ‘That ain’t a knife, this is a knife’ scene …”