the GOODS from Knifewear
Vancouver, BC | North America’s largest retailer of handmade Japanese knives, Knifewear returns to Victoria for the first time in two years. The pop-up shop will run from September 22 to 25 in the centrally located Victoria Public Market at the Hudson. The shop will feature new knives to be seen, tested and taken-home for life. In addition to their famous selection of knives, Knifewear will also have Canadian-made cutting boards, Japanese-made sharpening stones, chef gadgets and other surprises. As if that all weren’t enough, we will also be sharpening knives of all kinds, both Japanese and Western makes, so bring them down for a tune-up!
Knifewear will also making an appearance at Brewery and the Beast on September 24th from 8:00 am to noon, sharpening knives for cooks and chefs. Participants of this event will want to make sure they come visit us!
Any chef will tell you that their knives are their most important tool. Owner, Kevin Kent draws the comparison, “If cooking is rock ‘n’ roll, we supply the leather pants of cooking: Japanese kitchen knives.” Meet the motley Knifewear crew of rehabilitated chefs, food network junkies, food lovers and knife nerds here to share wisdom on knife care, sharpening and the artful history of knives manufactured by generations of craftsmen. Take your cooking to the next level with Knifewear.
WHO: Fiery chefs, food industry, home cooks and food lovers.
WHAT: Knifewear’s “World’s Sharpest Pop-up”
WHEN: September 22 to 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, #6 – 1701 Douglas Street, Victoria B.C.
NOTE: Knifewear will also be at Brewery and the Beast Sept 24th from 8:00 am until noon, sharpening knives for participating cooks and chefs.
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.