Knifewear Returns: The World’s Sharpest Pop-Up Arrives In Vancouver


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Welcome back Kevin Kent, founder of Knifewear the renowned Canadian importer of high performance Japanese kitchen knives. Once selling precious knives out of his backpack, Kent has opened 5 permanent retail stores across Canada and he’s rocking the west coast tour to show Vancouver and Victoria what a sharp knife can be. Knifewear is set to open a Vancouver shop in 2016, but you can say you met them in their earlier days at the summer pop-up in Chinatown. A slice of the Knifewear attitude, “Cooking is rock ‘n’ roll, and we supply the leather pants of rock ‘n’ roll, which are Japanese kitchen knives” – Kevin Kent.

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The motley crew of rehabilitated chefs and knife nerds are welcoming Vancouver chefs, home cooks, punk rockers and people who like nice things down to the shop to test-drive fine knives on juicy ripe tomatoes, all day for one week. The pop-up will be stocked with Canadian-made cutting boards, chef curated cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, straight razors, axes with Fujimoto knives on special, 15% off their already killer good price and rare one-of-a-kind knives.

The party kicks off Monday night with a debut screening of Springhammer the documentary which takes a look into the historical blacksmithing trade in Japan, Monday July 27, 7PM. Official opening party, Tuesday July 28, 6-9PM. Regular shop hours: Tuesday July 29 – Sunday August 2, 11AM – 7PM. Location: 434 Columbia St. in Chinatown. Don’t miss this open door to The World’s Sharpest Pop-Up. Check the facebook event for details or our site for more backstory.