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Vancouver, BC | Springhammer, the award winning documentary directed by Kevin Kossowan and produced by Knifewear CEO Kevin Kent is now available for streaming for free at Knifewear.com.
At the end of WWII, Japan was faced with a burdensome repurposing of many industries. With military swords no longer in demand, despite a tradition carried on since the samurai, the industry turned to the kitchen. Craftsmen applying ancient trade skills of blade making to cookery, went largely unnoticed in the domestic market, and have had to find a new place in the world for their craft. Thankfully, the world seems to be listening. Springhammer is a documentary about Japanese blacksmiths who are dedicating their lives to making culinary knives. Through fire, sparks, hammers, anvils and interviews Springhammer looks at the past, present and future of Japanese blacksmithing.
In 2013, Kent, Kossowan, and Knifewear’s “Cultural Ambassador” Naoto Fujimoto, traveled across Japan to visit their blacksmith partners, filming them as they went. The plan was to create a series of shorts. This plan changed while trapped on a train that had been rendered immobile by typhoon damage. They found that their footage had turned out even better than they had hoped. It looked like they had the makings of what could be a fascinating documentary, so editing began right there on the train. Kossowan completed the job when he got back to his home in Edmonton.
What they ended up creating is a love letter to Japan and their blacksmithing tradition. The stunning visuals show not just the blacksmiths with whom Knifewear collaborates, but also stunning vignettes of the Japanese countryside as well as explanations of the Japanese knife making process and history.
Springhammer was an official selection at the 2014 Edmonton International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award and set the attendance record. It has also been shown in Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Kelowna and shows daily at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa. The sequel, Springhammer 2: The Making of a Knife, continues the story by showing the knife making process from start to finish.
Springhammer is streaming free on Knifewear.com.
You can watch Springhammer 2: The Making of a Knife here:
Classes Offered (Please call or visit ahead of time to prebook)
Cut Like A Chef – Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.
Hand Knife Sharpening – Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
Owner and President: Kevin Kent
Operations Manager: Mike Wrinch
Knifewear sells crazy sharp knives that keep their edge longer than you ever thought possible. Japanese knives are made with harder steel, and because of this they stay sharper for longer. By bringing these knives to professional and home chefs, Knifewear creates happiness in the kitchen. No more squished tomatoes!
While working in London, at the famed St. John Restaurant, Kevin Kent, owner of Knifewear, developed a taste for exquisite Japanese blades. Upon moving back to Calgary he found there was nowhere he could indulge his new-found desire for them. Realizing he could help others find the same joy he found in the kitchen, he developed the relationships in Japan that allowed him to bring these shockingly great knives to Calgary. His first sales were to chefs, often from a backpack while riding across town on the company bicycle. Many great knives were purchased in the loading bays and back doors of restaurants, turning many of his friends into customers, but also customers into friends. In February of 2008, his first shop opened in Calgary. As of 2016, Knifewear has shops in four cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver.
Performance at Knifewear starts where other knife stores top out. This means that their entry level knives are as good as the best knives in every other knife shop in Canada… and it only goes up from there. Japanese knives are also lighter than other knives, which makes them easier to handle and takes the struggle out of dicing and chopping.
Knifewear carries a huge selection of knives, the majority of them are handmade and many of these lines are never seen outside of Japan except at Knifewear. They are also super sexy, desirable works of art.
Never tried a Japanese knife? come by Knifewear and “test drive” one.