Global Knife Company – Global Knives
In my humble opinion, Global knives, are some of the best knives on the market. Personally, I've used Global Knives for the past 10 years and plan on using them even longer. I remember the first time I bought a Global Knife, I wanted something different from the generic knives delivered daily to the Henckels and Wusthof knives that were in the kitchen where I worked. Plus, if anyone thought of stealing them, I would know because no one else had the same knives.
The Global Knife Company, is a Japanese brand of Kitchen Knives owned and manufactured by the Yoshikin factory of Japan (also known as the Yoshida Metal Industry Co. Ltd). Global knives are famous for their iconic design, revolutionary manufacturing methods and their impressive cutting performance. The Yoshikin Factory is owned by the Watanabe family and located in Tsubame, Japan.
Yoshida Metal Industry Co. Ltd. was established in 1954 as a western tableware manufacturer in Niigata prefecture famous for producing hollow handled table knives for Western markets. In 1960 Yoshikin introduced the Bunmei series of knives, traditional Japanese looking knives, that used a new alloy of steel, able to be sharpened like carbon steel, but with a mixture of molybdenum and vanadium that made the steel more resistant to rust (now known colloquially as Japanese steel). In 1983, Yoshikin hired a famous Japanese industrial designer, Komin Yamada to create a revolutionary designed knife that combined these two manufacturing techniques. With an almost unlimited budget he was able to fashion a series of kitchen knives which would appeal to the professional and amateur chef alike, be comfortable and easy to handle, and meet their most demanding requirements.
My first Global Knife was purchased in 2002 and it was the Chef knife. Let me tell you, it was love at first hold in my hand and slice through 20 tomatoes, the blade stayed sharp, the knife was light, I didn't feel as though I was holding a cement brick in my hand, it was pure joy.
For me, Global knives are a lightweight, easy to sharpen, and an inexpensive alternative to German-made knives.
For the first time in a long time, I could say using a knife was fun. Every week I would go out and buy a new knife until I had the complete collection. To this day, I still have the same knives and my collection is growing.