I was introduced to GLOBAL knives from my Danish boss, more than ten years ago, but it is a unique brand that succeeded overseas first, and then reintroduced to the Japanese market.
GLOBAL is a brand by Yoshikin, founded in 1954 in Tsubame Sanjo of Niigata prefecture. It is an area famous for their high skills in processing metal, and many manufacturers of tableware an cookware are located there as of today.
The GLOBAL brand was launched in 1983. Designed by Komin Yamada, it was the first knife to use only stainless steel. The structure was also unique, where the handle and the blade were integrated into one piece. However, the modern design was not accepted in the Japanese market at that time, and YOSHIKIN set out overseas in search of new opportunities. In 1988, they presented the GLOBAL knives at the International Exhibition in Frankfurt, where they received high recognition. Famous chefs in Europe started using GLOBAL knives, and rumours finally reached Japan. They won numerous design awards, and became popular in their homeland as well.
The knives are made from CROMOVA18 stainless steel which has been designed exclusively for GLOBAL. This particular steel makes them razor sharp, and also lets them remain sharp for a longer period of time than most knives. If you feel that the blade is dull, then it is a good idea to use the sharpener that can be bought separately. By running the knife through the sharpener for about 10 times, the sharpness will be restored. They conduct re-sharpening services at the stores as well, so if you are a resident in Japan, that is also an option.
The seamless construction is also a trademark of GLOBAL knives. Not only are they well designed, but also hygienically safe.
The knives can be engraved by request, so it can make a perfect gift for someone who loves to cook!
GLOBAL knives are sold in most department stores, but visit their store in Roppongi to see the whole collection. They have over 100 types of knives for different occasions and foods!! From time to time, they have workshops where you are able to “test” the knives, so you may want to check that out as well.