Chef’s knife (Japanese)


Global (1983), Komin Yamada

Basically, Japanese knives are sharper than German knives, but German knives hold an edge longer and are more resistant to rust. The Global knives changed this game. Founded in 1954 by the Watanabe family, the Yoshikin factory manufacturers the Global branded knives, famous for their iconic design and their sublime cutting performance.

In 1960 Yoshikin introduced the Bunmei series of knives. These Japanese looking knives used a new alloy of steel, which was more resistant to rust but could be sharpened like carbon steel. In 1983 industrial designer Komin Yamada was commissioned to create a modern knife that would appeal to the professional and amateur chief alike, be comfortable and easy to handle, and meet their most demanding requirements. In 1985 Global knives were then launched onto the international market and were an immediate success.

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© Yoshikin/ Yoshida Metal Inductry Co., Ltd., Tsubame-city, Japan

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