Knifewear's Kick-Ass Staff
Knifewear Calgary's Kickass Staff
Rob began cooking in 1986 as a midlife career change. He made his bones at several kitchens around town and owned his own for a few years. You're in good hands talking knives, food and cooking……or mustachery. Since mid 2009 he has been integral to the awesome changes at the shop. Rob can always be counted on to bring a little off colour comment (kitchen language) to the dullest of conversations. They are often unnoticed which is probably for the best. He is the second kilt wearer at Knifewear.
Rob's knife: Moritaki Ishime 180mm Nakiri
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: 150mm Takamura san petty
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: 270mm Masakage Kumo Sujihiki
yeah.. we um.. don't know much yet.. we just 'got' him!
Jeffrey's Knife: 165mm Masakage As-Yet-Unnamed Santoku
Knifewear began in the summer of 2007 as a way for Kevin to support his knife buying habit.
While working in London he developed a taste for exquisite Japanese blades and upon moving back to Calgary was unable to satisfy his Japanese knife passion. Over time Kevin made contacts in Japan to bring shockingly great knives to Calgary. At first sales were to chefs, usually from a backpack and the company bicycle. Many great knives were purchased in loading bays and back doors of restaurants.
Kevin's (current) Knife: 240mm Takeda Gyuto
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.