Today, in the Samurai sword tradition, Japanese craftsmen are continuing to produce cutlery of the highest quality...
The first GLOBAL knives were designed in 1985 by Komin Yamada whose remit was to develop a range of knives which was truly new and revolutionary, harnessing the best materials available and the most modern design concepts.
With an almost unlimited budget he was 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.
GLOBAL knives are made from the finest stainless steel material. The blades utilize CROMOVA 18 stainless steel, Ice tempered and hardened to Rockwell C56°-58°which holds a razor sharp edge longer than any other steel and resists rust, stains and corrosion.
Like the Samurai swords before them, each knife is carefully weighted to ensure perfect balance in the hand. The smooth contours and seamless construction eliminate food and dirt traps, offering the ultimate in safety and hygiene.
Just as their fine swords lent distinction to the Samurai, GLOBAL knives bring distinction to the chef, whether professional or amateur.
From fairly modest beginnings, the GLOBAL knife range has now been developed to comprise more than 50 different options, providing a specialist knife for every function imaginable in food preparation.
From very modest beginnings GLOBAL has developed into one of the success stories of the 1990's. Still crafted by hand in Yoshikin's factory in Niigata to the most exacting standards, they are sold in more than 65 countries around the world where they are attracting ever more attention and acclaim.
During the last few years GLOBAL knives have won a number of prestigious awards.
1990 - Japanese Good Design by MITI
1991 - Selected for International Design Year Book
1992 - Selected as Best Cooks, Knife in Benelux
1995 - Selected as BEST BUY by WHICH? Magazine in the UK
1996 - Selected as Sharpest Knife by A LA CARTE Magazine in Germany
2001 - GS-29 Design PLUS Award in Fraukfurt Messe
2003 - Selected as BEST BUY by WHICH? Magazine in the UK
2006 - GLOBAL knives were selected as one of "Japanese Mdern 100 Awards, so-called "J-Mark" by The Japaneseque Modern Committee.
2011 - Selected as BEST BUY by WHICH? Magazine in the UK
But formal awards alone can barely act as a testimony to the many thousands of delighted customers of GLOBAL throughout the world. GLOBAL knives are favoured today by most high ranking chefs in the most prestigious hotels and restaurants and are featured regularly on television cookery programmes in the hands of the most celebrated chefs. They are displayed at most international catering and housewares exhibitions. Meanwhile, the design and production team continue to look for ways of expanding and developing further the GLOBAL knife range, taking into account the many suggestions and proposals received from current GLOBAL knife users throughout the world.