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With their distinctive look, Global Knives are easily recognizable and a leading brand in the world of cutlery. Global knives were developed in the 1980s by the Japanese company Yoshikin Metal Co, Ltd. Founded in the 1950s, the company was known for their hollow-handled flatware, and they wanted to apply this technology to a purely stainless steel knife series. They partnered with Japanese industrial designer Yamada Komin, who had provided the company with award winning flatware designs. Yamada considered the user as he developed the Global line, giving each knife a handle designed to help the knife perform with maximum efficiency.
When the knife debuted in Japan, there was moderate interest. Convinced they had an excellent product, Yoshikin marketed their Global knives to the European market where the clean, modern look was immediately appealing. Soon they were being used by top European chefs, which established the line's reputation. Since that time, Global has gone on to win numerous design awards and are appreciated by chefs and home cooks alike for how easy they are to handle and for keeping their edge.
What sets a Global knife apart in the stainless steel construction from blade to bolster to handle. Each knife is made from Yoshikin's proprietary CROMOVA 18 stainless steel. This formulation of stainless steel combines steel with chromium, molybdenum and vanadium (cro-mo-va) to create a stainless steel that really holds an edge like a high-carbon steel, but is lighter and stain resistant.
The handles are also distinctive when compared to other knife manufacturers. Not only are the hollow designs ideal for lightness and maneuverability, Yamada Komin thought about the complete design of the knife as he developed them for Yoshikin. If you look at other knife collections, you will notice that each knife has the same handle, regardless of its use. Global considers how the knife is held as it is used, and the handles are shaped accordingly. That's why the Global Paring Knife handle has more of an angle compared to the Global Chef Knife.
Types of Knives
While Global boasts of over 100 types of blade in their line, Crate and Barrel has selected the knives most used in daily kitchen tasks. Choose from our open stock collection that includes bread, paring, chef's and utility knives as well as slicers. Depending on the knife and its intended use, you can select straight, serrated and hollow-ground edges. We also have Global Knife Sets that bring together a collection of the most essential pieces along with a handsome storage block and ceramic sharpening rod designed to keep the Global knife edge in peak performance.
Shop our selection of Global Knives and experience the performance this well-designed, iconic cutlery.