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What makes Global knives special?Updated 10 months ago

Hand-crafted in Japan

Still crafted by hand in Yoshikin’s factory in Niigata, Japan, Global knives are manufactured to extremely high and exacting standards and are not simply mass produced by machines. Each knife is hand made and sharpened so you can be sure your knives are made with care and skill by master knife-makers.

Acute 15 Degree angle of the blade

A special feature of Global knives is that the knives are ground to a very acute angle (15 Degrees), down the face of each side of the blade, rather than having a beveled edge which is typical of other knives. This feature is why Global knives are renowned for being so sharp and for staying sharp for such a long time. Global were one of the first Japanese knife brands to expand outside of Japan and have built up a cult following. The brand is well recognised for its quality, unique design and functionality and is loved by both home cooks and professionals.

Hollow, sand filled handles

The Global G-Series (Classic) range have hollow handles. This might sound strange when first hearing about this feature and one might even be tempted to think that they are buying an inferior product, after all we are told that solid or heavy must mean better quality. However, this is not the case with Global knives and the handle design is very intentional. The handles are made of high quality stainless steel that have a hollow cavity inside them. This cavity runs the length of the handle and is filled with a special, very fine powdered sand material. Again, this might sound odd but the purpose is so that the sand will very quickly flow through the hollow handle to achieve the perfect weighted balance in the hand as the knife is held.

CROMOVA 18 Stainless Steel

The blades of Global knives are made of CROMOVA 18, which is Global's proprietary blend of high carbon Chrome, Molybdenum and Vanadium stainless steel. The exact quantities of each are a trade secret but this unique metal combination makes the knife "hard" compared to European style blades and and the knives are able to retain a very sharp edge for a long time because of the higher carbon content of the stainless steel. The more carbon contained in steel, the sharper the edge that may be put on the blade. At the same time the blades remain more flexible than other brands. The high chromium content gives the knives excellent resistance to rust and staining.

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