Knifewear Calgary's Kick-Ass Staff

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Kevin

Kevin Kent’s fascination with Japanese knives began while he was working as sous-chef for the legendary chef Fergus Henderson at St. John restaurant in London, England. In 2007, he began selling handcrafted Japanese knives out of a backpack on the back of his bicycle, while working as a chef at River Café in Calgary, Canada.

Since then, Knifewear has expanded to include five Canadian stores plus occasional pop-up stores across the country. Plans are also underway to open a store in Kyoto, Japan.

Kent is just as obsessed with Japanese knives as when he first held one, and a few times a year, he travels to Japan to meet with his blacksmith friends, to drink far too much sake, and to learn more about the ancient art of knife-making.He refuses to confess how many Japanese knives he owns….but he admits the number is rather high.

He also owns the tag from a T-shirt that Lou Reed once wore. It was cut out with a chef’s knife while the late rock musician was wearing it, in London, England.

Kevin's (current) Knife: Takeda AS Gyuto 240mm

Kevin
Kevin Kent - Owner and Founder of Knifewear and the Takeda Gyuto

Kasumi

Since early 2010 Kasumi has been bringing a bit of class to Knifewear. She doesn't have a kilt, but does have a 1961 Jaguar. Though she insists she's not a knife nerd, we often catch her contemplating her next purchase. She makes bagels at home and ice cream too, how cool is that? If you prefer service in Japanese Kasumi is your girl.

Kasumi's Knife: Takamura Uchigumo Sujihiki 270mm

Kasumi and her knife, the 150mm Takamura san petty Kasumi and the Takamura Uchigumo Sujihiki

Naoto

Naoto is the second part of our Japanese connection at the shop. He came to Canada 7 years ago and we aren't letting him go back. After getting angry with his roommate's dull knives, he started to dream of sharp Japanese knives. Naoto graduated from University of Calgary with a bachelor degree of art, majoring International Relations and finds that selling Japanese knives is his own way of doing international relations. Naoto is our point-man at the Calgary Farmers Market!

Naoto's Knife: Masakage Mizu Nakiri 165mm


Naoto and the Masakage Mizu Nakiri

Mike

Mike, our third kilt wearer, has been a chef for the past 15 years and has been a knife aficionado for most of them. His love of Japanese knives began, coincidentally, when Kevin started selling them. Mike decided that it was time to get out from behind the stoves and hanging out at Knifewear wasn’t paying the bills so he hired himself. Mike loves to talk about food and cooking as well as knives.

Mike's Knife: Masakage Kumo Sujihiki 270mm

Mike and his knife, the 270mm Masakage Kumo Sujihiki
Mike and the Masakage Kumo Sujihiki

Jeffrey

yeah.. we um.. don't know much yet.. we just 'got' him!

Jeffrey's Knife: Masakage Kujira Santoku 165mm

Jeffrey
Jeffrey and the Masakage Kujira Santoku

Mel

Mel was born and raised in Vernon BC. She loves to travel. She spent some time bouncing around the U.K. before joining us here in Calgary. As an avid home cook her passion for Japanese kitchen knives grows daily. Come into Knifewear CFM for an 'Awesome' experience.

Mel's Knife: Takamura R2 Gyuto 210mm

Mel
Mel and the Takamura R2 Gyuto

Nathan

Nathan was introduced to the world of kitchens and knives at 14, and has been since. Attending SAIT and eventually becoming ensnared by the draw of Knifewear, Nathan sharpens by day, and runs a Heavy Metal record label by night. A new passion is the world of classic shaving!

Nathan's Knife: Moritaka Ishime Mega Nakiri 165mm


Nathan and the Moritaka Ishime Mega Nakiri

Destin

Destin loves sharp knives and he's huge fanboy for Japanese steel. He cooks a lot of pasta recipes like spaghetti and lasagna. He gets creative with sauces and spices when it comes to creativity. When He's not in the mood for that he cooks latino foods such as papusa and empanadas and lots of tacos. He loves taco recipes, hope he masters tacos one day.

Destin's Knife: Moritaka Ishime Gyuto 210mm


Destin and Moritaka Ishime Gyuto

Da Shop

Knifewear's Knife Store (Hamono-ya) quietly opened in March 2008. The Knife Store has become a destination/hang-out for those who love Japanese steel and are addicted to sharp. We carry knives not found in any other shop in Calgary. We like exclusive, scary sharp, high performance blades.
We aim to offer expert knife knowledge, an enjoyable purchasing experience, after sale support and knife passion.

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CALGARY INGLEWOOD

1316 9th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0T3
(403) 514-0577

CALGARY FARMERS MARKET

510 77th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2H 1C3
(403) 690-7894

EDMONTON

10816 82 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6E 2B3
(587) 521-2034

KELOWNA

2983 Pandosy Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W1
(778) 478-0331

OTTAWA

800 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 3V8
(613) 695-4200