Knifewear Calgary's Kick-Ass Staff



Kevin’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 shops across Canada. Plans are also underway to open a store in Kyoto, Japan. In August 2014 Kevin opened Kent of Inglewood, Canada’s Shave Shop, specializing in classic men’s grooming, cocktail gear and axes.

Kevin 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: Fujiwara Denka 210mm

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


Since early 2010 Kasumi has been bringing a bit of class to Knifewear. 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? Kasumi is now our Manager of both Calgary stores. We often wonder how she ended up with a bunch of misfits like us. 

Kasumi's Knife: Takamura Uchigumo Sujihiki 270mm

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


Naoto 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 Head of Shipping and receiving. You can also see him in SpringHammer looking cool and holding it all together.

Naoto's Knife: Masakage Mizu Nakiri 165mm

Naoto and the Masakage Mizu Nakiri


Mike was a chef for 15 years and and has been a knife aficionado for most of them. His love of Japanese knives began, coincidentally, when Knifewear began. 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. We rehabilitated him into a life of knives and shaving in 2012. He loves to talk about food and cooking as well as knives. Mike is the General Manager of all our shops.

Mike's Knife: Masakage Kumo Sujihiki 270mm

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


Big, beardy and covered in tattoos. Jeff is our resident leather expert and owns/operates Horace and Jasper Fine Accessories. He’s generally found at the sharpening station making the world a better place though super sharp knives. You can find his rad dopp kits, belts, razor strops and wallets at Kent of Inglewood.

Jeffrey's Knife: Masakage Kujira Santoku 165mm

Jeffrey and the Masakage Kujira Santoku


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. If you have a weird obscure movie question Destin might just be your man.

Destin's Knife: Moritaka Ishime Gyuto 210mm

Destin and Moritaka Ishime Gyuto


Hailing from rural Victoria, Australia, Luke spends his days selling knives, axes and shaving gear. When not at work, you'll find him engaged in a variety of projects in the kitchen, or cruising around town on his bicycle (which he rides year round). He also claims with confidence that any meal can be improved with jam. Luke's current favourite knife is the current prettiest Masakage Kujira on display.



Hailing from Osaka, Japan, Yuji is no stranger to crazy Dotonburi nights, tako yaki and NIhonshu. He is a mad guitar player and one of his bands seem to be playing somewhere every week. If you hear a blues record playing at the shop it’s a sure bet to be something from Yuji’s collection. His favorite knife is a Masakage Kiri Nakiri cuz it’s awesome and fun to say.



Linnea always wants to know where you’ve been and what you ate. She comes to us by way of the music industry but we don’t hold that against her. She loves traveling, camping with her mountain man, and discussing what cookbooks are on her night stand. She has a dog named Jelly Roll and a Honda XL350 named Rooster Cogburn. Linnea’s go to knife is the Kotetsu bunka. She says if Prince was a knife he’d be the Kotetsu. Try one before you disagree. Linnea is our Events Coordinator


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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