the GOODS from Knifewear
Vancouver, BC | We are currently looking for a full-time or part-time employee. You should enjoy working and customers deserve real hospitality. We want to challenge the status quo and destroy classic retail. Retail can be a rewarding career and customers should feel more than “satisfied”. We say that work should be enjoyable and help improve your life. Customers should buy things that help them enjoy their lives while having fun. We build community through our store and events that gather people who enjoy food, cooking and hand crafted tools. Most of all we like to go above and beyond.
At Knifewear, we are a store about cooking. We believe great tools make better food. We believe things should work and be built to last. We believe you can fall in love with your knife. Handmade Japanese kitchen knives are usable works of art and buying a knife should be a great day. We change customer’s minds by creating a new shopping experience. If you behave like an adult, have confidence, care about what you are doing at work, and above all love taking action and talking to people. We need you in our Vancouver store. You must be: Able to balance creativity and action, driven to contribute, someone who brings solutions to problems, an open communicator, interested in learning and being in charge of your success.
You will: Be personable and engaging. Learn a tonne about knives, steel and cooking. Become amazing at knife sharpening. Work in a team to run a successful business and with people who enjoy their job. Help people make decisions.
We will: Offer a Living Wage, profit sharing, health spending account, staff discounts and training, potential travel to Japan and around Canada. We will make a great place to work; these are the reasons our staff stay with us for years. It’s a job you can love. We are continuing to grow and you can be a part of our future. We now have shops in Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. We’re looking for someone interested in offering real customer hospitality and quality products. We look for people who appreciate earnest craftsmanship and believe that doing things by hand is worth the time and energy. Having worked in restaurants or having knowledge in food or steels is an asset, but if you have passion for quality and can connect with people, then you are who we are looking for.
Send us a cover letter that gives us an idea of who you are, your career intensions, and why you’d choose Knifewear, along with a resume to Nicolas [at] knifewear.com
Location: 4215 Main Street
Classes Offered (Please call or visit ahead of time to prebook)
Cut Like A Chef – Saturdays at 10:00 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.