Knifewear’s fall garage sale is happening from November 5-11.

Over the years the event has grown to be legendary amongst chefs and knife aficionados.

The items at the Garage Sale are all the items that our owner, Kevin Kent, pick’s up on his trips to Japan. He buys prototypes, one of a kind knives, retired sample knives, and unique things Kevin finds.

We never know what we are getting exactly until right before the sale, but here is an incomplete list of items we hope to get in:

  • The world-famous Shosui Takeda, maker of knives of unparalleled thinness and quality, have sent us some special hunting knives sporting one-of-a-kind handles of various materials.
  • Natural Japanese sharpening stones, coveted by knife sharpening enthusiasts for the beautiful finish they impart on their knives, are available for great prices not usually possible in North America.
  • New blacksmith alert! Mazaki-san is from Sanjo, a city well known for handmade knives of high quality. His workshop began production less than a year ago, but his apprenticeship at 100-year-old, 4th-generation knife making company Yoshikane has lent him skills that are undeniably awesome.
  • Shop favourite Masashi Yamamoto has a new line of knives, SLD Black Damascus. It has a mirror polished damascus bevel with a black (not acid-etched) finished upper. These must be seen to be believed.
  • A awesome selection of Japanese gardening tools.
  • Some cood Tadafusa old stock, they found in their warehouse, that is killer cheap.
  • As always we will have retired demo knives, final items from lines no longer available and various intriguing cooking supplies from Japan.

It’s our favourite way to bring great knives at great prices to chefs. It’s also a nice thank you to our best customers. And it’s a great way to introduce new customers to our knives and shop!


Knifewear is  extremely proud to be bringing owner and CEO, Kevin Kent’s book, The Knifenerd Guide to Japanese Knives, to our customers. This is your invitation to come hang out with us, and Kevin of course, to celebrate the launch. In classic Knifewear fashion there will be beer and hotdogs, plus stacks of books for purchase. Kevin will have his book-signing pen there, so you can get your copy personalized. We hope to see you there, this book is the culmination of over a year’s work and we’re excited to get it out into the wild.