Knifewear’s Sharp, Eclectic Garage Sale Starts June 6th At East Hastings’ Pop-Up


The GOODS from Knifewear

Vancouver, BC | Knifewear has been running the Garage Sale for 7 years now and it stemmed from Kevin buying too much cool stuff when he first visited blacksmiths in Japan?. He figured the best thing to do was sell it all to chefs at a good price. Having been a chef himself, he not only knows the importance of having a great tool, but also the size of the paycheques typically associated with being a chef.

So the tradition continues and we hold Garage Sales twice a year and find all kind of things to put in it. Everything from knives that have been at factories long forgotten and picked up for a crazy good price to items that have been made by the master’s apprentice or prototypes that have yet to be run on a production line.

In any case, it will be a fun time at the shop as we turn up the tunes and get new knives into new homes. We start Monday, June 6th at 10am and we will run the sale until 6pm on Sunday. Everyone is welcome! See you soon.



845 East Hastings St. Vancouver, BC | V6A 1R8
Phone: (604)-215-1033 | Email:
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Hours: May 01-July 31, 10am – 6pm


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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.

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