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Global Knives | Yoshikin Kitchen Cutlery

Global Cutlery Knife Global Yoshikin, located in the Tsubame/Sanjo district of Japan’s Niigata Prefecture, introduced stainless steel blades to the Japanese cutlery world in 1960. Rust-resistant blades with edge-holding abilities equal to traditional Japanese steel were just the first step. Decades of experience and years of intensive research and development resulted in an award-winning all-stainless steel knife that’s the favorite of many world-class chefs as well as a standard feature in many home kitchens.

History

Yoshida Metal Industry Company, Ltd., or Yoshikin, began manufacturing stainless steel products in Niigata Prefecture in 1954. At first the company specialized in tableware, but saw the potential for stainless steel kitchen knives and introduced the Bunmei Gincho product line of traditionally styled Japanese knives with high carbon stainless steel blades in 1960. Other manufacturing techniques developed for tableware also seemed well suited to professional cutlery, but Yoshikin planned something special instead of simply copying old styles with new materials.

In 1978 a development team led by industrial designer Komin Yamada set out to create an entirely new knife concept. Yoshikin requested a combination of Italian design, Germany reliability, and Japanese precision. The knife would be formed from a single piece of high carbon stainless steel. Perfecting the design and manufacturing processes took Komin Yamada’s team five years.

Products

At present Global Yoshikin manufactures three main product lines including the original Bunmei Gincho series with traditional Japanese blade styles and handle builds. The defining feature of the Bunmei Gincho line is the high carbon stainless steel — otherwise these knives match the familiar Japanese patterns many Asian chefs prefer. The Global series — more familiar to western chefs — offers a complete selection of prep and serving cutlery with acutely ground blade edges, perfectly balanced blades, and dimpled stainless steel handles. Many Global knives sport the dovetail handle that consumers often recognize as the company’s trademark feature, but more conventional grips are available for many of the knife styles.

Yoshikin’s professional series, Global-Pro, is currently a limited production enterprise and only available in Japan. Knife construction and style closely match the original Global series but refinements include sharper blades finished with the “honbazuke” honing process.

Read all of our global knife reviews below


Global Bread Knife G-9 Full Tang

Kitchen Serrated Pastry Blade, Scalloped 8 3/4 Inch

Global Bread Knife G-9 Full Tang | Kitchen Serrated Pastry Blade, Scalloped 8 3/4 Inch

The Global G-9 Bread Knife's serrated edge slices cleanly through all types of bread and pastry. The hard CROMOVA-18 stainless steel edge lasts a long time but does require some special consideration if you want to keep that blade in top form.

For hard-crusted rolls and French breads, nothing works better ...





Global Meat Cleaver G-12 Knife

Butcher Kitchen Bone Chopping Blade 6-1/2 Inch

Global Meat Cleaver G-12 Knife | Butcher Kitchen Bone Chopping Blade 6-1/2 Inch

Although many chefs do use this excellent G-12 Meat Cleaver from Global to chop through bones, Global advises against that and recommends the cleaver for slicing meat instead. You'll still love this knife, and most of us already own a beater for cutting up soup bones. Keep the G-12 ...





Global Butcher’s Knife GF-27

Professional Heavy Cromova Steel 7 Inch

Global Butcher’s Knife GF-27 | Professional Heavy Cromova Steel 7 Inch

Anyone doing their own butchering needs a knife that holds up to hard work. This heavy butcher knife from Global blends advanced steel and all-stainless construction with a traditional butcher knife build. You'll find it to be the best of both worlds.

The Global GF-27 butcher knife weighs about a pound, ...





Shun Classic Chef’s Knife, Granton w/ Pakkawood Handle

Scalloped Damascus Forged Blade, VG-10 8 Inch

Shun Classic Chef’s Knife, Granton w/ Pakkawood Handle | Scalloped Damascus Forged Blade, VG-10 8 Inch

Shun's Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife has the perfect build for smaller hands but a much more efficient design than the usual European Chef's knife. If you prefer a familiar knife style but want the advanced features of Japanese blades, take a close look at this Shun Classic knife.

Although the ...





Global G-16 Chef’s or Cook’s Knife

Yoshikin Full Tang Stainless Steel 10 Inch

Global G-16 Chef’s or Cook’s Knife | Yoshikin Full Tang Stainless Steel 10 Inch

The award-winning design of the Global G-16 10-Inch Chef's Knife brings new versatility to the powerhouse blade of the European kitchen. All-stainless steel construction reduces upkeep to a minimum without increasing weight. This excellent chef's knife cuts weight by ounces compared to the standard European pattern.

Shoppers online may ...





Concord Master Chef Knife Roll Set w/ Sharpening Steel

High Carbon Stainless Kitchen Cutlery 9 Piece, Global Yoshikin Budget

Concord Master Chef Knife Roll Set w/ Sharpening Steel | High Carbon Stainless Kitchen Cutlery 9 Piece, Global Yoshikin Budget

The Concord 9-Piece Knife set may seem like an impossibly good deal -- with eight all-stainless steel knives, a knife hone, and a knife roll, it's hard to beat. Don't tell your competition it isn't Global Yoshikin.

If you're familiar with Global Yoshikin and their trademark dimpled stainless steel ...





Global Knife Block Set of 6, Includes G & GS

Yoshikin Kitchen Stainless Steel Cutlery Storage Review

Global Knife Block Set of 6, Includes G & GS | Yoshikin Kitchen Stainless Steel Cutlery Storage Review

This 6-Piece Block Set from Global Yoshikin outfits your kitchen with five versatile all-stainless steel knives and stainless steel countertop storage built to match. The trademark black dimples of the Global knife grip also decorate the sides of the modernistic storage block.

In this set, you'll find two ...





Global Vegetable Slicing Knife Set, Fluted

Full Tang Granton Slicer G-56 GS-39

Global Vegetable Slicing Knife Set, Fluted | Full Tang Granton Slicer G-56 GS-39

Blades ground in the reduced-friction granton style set these two Global vegetable knives apart from the company's main knife styles. Already so thin and efficient that they're the favorites of famous chefs -- including Anthony Bourdain -- these two good slicers just got a little better.

Global's G-56 Vegetable Fluted knife ...





Global Starter Prep Kitchen Knife Set

Chef’s, Utility & Paring Cutlery, Full Tang 3 Piece

Global Starter Prep Kitchen Knife Set | Chef’s, Utility & Paring Cutlery, Full Tang 3 Piece

Global's 3-Piece Knife Starter Set introduces chefs to three different handle styles and three great knives in this very popular and efficient all-stainless-steel design. Although it's just a start, these three knives cover a lot of kitchen territory. You could get by with three, but you'll probably want ...





Global Stainless Steel Knife Block Set of 6

Cook’s, Carving, Bread, Utility & Paring G GS

Global Stainless Steel Knife Block Set of 6 | Cook’s, Carving, Bread, Utility & Paring G GS

The Global 6-Piece Knife Block Set is a great way to jump up to the higher standards of Global knives with a basic but versatile assortment of important blades. The set includes knives from both the G and GS series plus a stainless steel knife block with room ...





Global Portable Knife Case Storage

Black Nylon 21 Pocket Folding Chefs Luggage

Global Portable Knife Case Storage | Black Nylon 21 Pocket Folding Chefs Luggage

Global designed this hard-sided folding knife case specifically for Global knives, so don't expect a perfect fit if you own a random assortment of prep knives. If you've already gone Global, this practical case offers safe transport and temporary storage for 21 of your favorites plus a few important ...





Global Knife Block, Stainless Steel

Cutlery Storage 11 Slot G-835/KB

Global Knife Block, Stainless Steel | Cutlery Storage 11 Slot G-835/KB

If you're looking for convenient knife storage that's compatible with the all-stainless steel look of Global knives, consider this stainless steel 11-slot knife storage block -- also from Global Cutlery. The block is designed to hold ten Global knives and a Global sharpening steel. Many other brands will fit, ...





Global Shinkansen Knife Sharpener, Manual Ceramic

Minosharp Plus 440 GB

Global Shinkansen Knife Sharpener, Manual Ceramic | Minosharp Plus 440 GB

Since hand honing systems designed for western cutlery don't match up with the acute bevels and hard cutting edges of Global's fine knives, the company partnered with Shinkansen Corporation to create something special. The Minosharp Plus gives Global knife owners a sharpening option simpler and less expensive than a set of ...





Knife Storage Tray for Global Steak Knives

Stainless Steel w/ Rubber Lining

Knife Storage Tray for Global Steak Knives | Stainless Steel w/ Rubber Lining

Yoshikin's Global knives literally are too sharp for safe storage if just loose in a drawer. The edges could abrade or chip if banged into other metal tools, and sorting through a mess of tools with these razor-sharp edges floating about is hazardous to fingers. This Steak Knife Storage Tray ...





Global Yoshikin 5 Piece Set w/ Knife Storage Tray

High Carbon Stainless Steel Cutlery

Global Yoshikin 5 Piece Set w/ Knife Storage Tray | High Carbon Stainless Steel Cutlery

Lighter and harder than European forged steel knives, Yoshikin Global cutlery outperforms heavyweight German patterns in many ways. Using these fine blades does require some adjustment in technique, but most chefs will find it worth the trouble. Older knives won't be obsolete in your kitchen, but you'll love these for ...





Global Diamond Sharpening Steel 10 Inch

Vanadium Chrome | Yoshikin Knives

Global Diamond Sharpening Steel 10 Inch | Vanadium Chrome | Yoshikin Knives

Made from a solid rod of chrome vanadium stainless steel and embedded with a matrix of fine industrial diamonds, this unusual honing steel was developed for the Global knives manufactured by Yoshikin of Japan. Global recommends sharpening with their series of ceramic powder stones, an improvement over the Japanese ...





Global Waterstone Rough & Medium Grit

Knife Sharpening Whetstone | Combination Stone

Global Waterstone Rough & Medium Grit | Knife Sharpening Whetstone | Combination Stone

Combination stones are always partly a great idea and partly a compromise. There's no question that individual stones work a bit better than the flip-over versions, but with a two-sided double grit stone you get convenience and speed. No matter which stone system you choose, if you own Global ...





Medium Grit Ceramic Sharpening Waterstone by Global

Medium Grit Ceramic Sharpening Waterstone by Global

Produced by Yoshikin for upkeep of their especially hard-edged cutlery, these stones bring more efficient materials to the old Japanese waterstone method of maintaining sharp edges. Global knives feature long lasting blades which seldom need sharpening but are too hard to respond well to resetting with a sharpening steel. Edges may chip ...





Global Wall Rack Knife Storage

Hanging Magnetic 20 Inch

Global Wall Rack Knife Storage | Hanging Magnetic 20 Inch

I admit I was skeptical when I first came across this idea -- to me wall magnet racks represent something that almost never works. This Knife Storage Wall Magnet is different -- Yoshikin designed it to hold a few good Global knives, and it does that job well. It'll take ...





Global Ceramic Whetstone

Knife Sharpening Stone, Rough Grit 120

Global Ceramic Whetstone | Knife Sharpening Stone, Rough Grit 120

Many modern high-end knives are built with steel so hard that the edge chips if used improperly. Micro-chips may not cause problems, but visible chips do. To restore a jagged edge, you either need the help of the factory or a special tool and some time to reflect on your mistakes. The ...





Global Boning Japanese Knife

Flexible Full Tang 4 Inch

Global Boning Japanese Knife | Flexible Full Tang 4 Inch

If you're looking for a flexible Western-style boning knife with the performance of Japanese steel, look no further.

Global knives were the first mass-marketed Japanese kitchen knives aimed at the Western market. They won fans in restaurant kitchens everywhere with their mix of lighter weight, thinner blades, high performance molybdenum/vanadium steel which ...





Yoshikin Global Serrated Utility Knife

Forged Cromova 18 Stainless Steel 6 Inch

Yoshikin Global Serrated Utility Knife | Forged Cromova 18 Stainless Steel 6 Inch

The Global 6-inch serrated utility knife incorporates the best of modern design and modern materials, produced entirely from forged Cromova 18 stainless steel and balanced with a precise amount of sand in the sealed hollow handle. Movement of the sand during use is said to decrease fatigue, but I'd bet ...





Yoshikin Global Whetstone

Fine Ceramic Powder Sharpening Stone

Yoshikin Global Whetstone | Fine Ceramic Powder Sharpening Stone

This fine 5000-grit synthetic waterstone from Yoshikin, maker of Global cutlery, is the recommended sharpening method for fine Global knives and an excellent way to finish the edge of any high-end Japanese plain edge blade. With a uniform density and a long-lasting wide surface, this hardened ceramic powder whetstone sits securely ...





Yoshikin Global Japanese Santoku

7 Inch Stainless Steel Slicing Knife

Yoshikin Global Japanese Santoku | 7 Inch Stainless Steel Slicing Knife

Global's 7-inch Santoku brings modern one-piece forged design to an old Japanese pattern, and is closer in appearance to the original santoku knives than the more familiar hollow ground versions most of us now own. Global knives are the favorites of many top chefs including Anthony Bourdain, and depend ...





Global Paring Knife

4-Inch Santoku Blade

Global Paring Knife | 4-Inch Santoku Blade

I've always liked Global knives. The futuristic look has always appealed to me and they always feel comfortable and well balanced. Additionally, the steel used by Global is significantly better than that used by comparable Western makers like Henckels and Wusthof, so it can take a more acute edge and ...





Global Santoku Knife

7-Inch Hollow-Ground, Granton Edge

Global Santoku Knife | 7-Inch Hollow-Ground, Granton Edge

While most other knife makers are watching and mimicking each other, Global stands by its unique design.

They were the first to introduce razor-sharp, lightweight Chef's knives to Western kitchens nearly twenty years ago. In doing so, they've gained something of a cult following.

Couple that with design features you won't find on ...





Global Steak Knives

4-Piece Knife Set | Stainless Steel Cutlery

Global Steak Knives | 4-Piece Knife Set | Stainless Steel Cutlery

Take Global's unique styling and engineering and apply it to the old standby -- the steak knife -- and you get this powerhouse.

Not many makers apply their high-end features to the lowly steak knife, but Global has given it a go and it makes a world of difference.

These knives feature stainless steel ...





Global 7-Inch Deba Knife

Japanese Chef’s Knife

Global 7-Inch Deba Knife | Japanese Chef’s Knife

The Deba knife is a Japanese-style Chef's knife, ideally suited for butchering fish or slicing through hard vegetables. It's hefty enough to cut through fine bones, but is certainly not the heavyweight that a cleaver is.

This Deba sports all the features you've come to love from Global -- light weight, sand-filled ...





Global Cutlery 8 Inch Cook’s Knife

G-2 Lightweight Chef’s Knife

Global Cutlery 8 Inch Cook’s Knife | G-2 Lightweight Chef’s Knife

Ah, Global... You either love 'em or hate 'em.

Global ushered in a new era in kitchen cutlery 15 years or so ago, introducing the world to Japanese steel and their resulting razor-sharp knives.

If you like a good story, you can read more about that in our article on the ...





Global 5-Piece Chef’s Knife Set

Best $350 Kitchen Knives | Japanese Steel

Global 5-Piece Chef’s Knife Set | Best $350 Kitchen Knives | Japanese Steel

Global Knives are known for their razor-sharp edges, lightweight feel and funky contemporary styling.

This set consists of five essential kitchen knives and nothing more. It features an 8" chef's knife, an 8.25" carving knife for slicing meats, 8.75" serrated bread knife, 5.5" utility knife and a 4" paring knife.

As you probably know by ...





Global Cutlery

7-Inch Vegetable Knife G-5 | Yoshikin

Global Cutlery | 7-Inch Vegetable Knife G-5 | Yoshikin

Designed in Japan, this 7-inch knife from Global is optimized for slicing and chopping vegetables.

The blade is specifically balanced with a precise amount of sand in the handle to achieve the correct balance. It is lightweight with a blade constructed from molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel.

The blade is also face ground with a long ...





Best Sushi Knife: Yoshikin Global Yanagi / Sashimi

10-Inch, Left-handed or Right

Best Sushi Knife: Yoshikin Global Yanagi / Sashimi | 10-Inch, Left-handed or Right

This sushi knife features all of Global's signature bells-and-whistles: the sure-grip comfortable handle, single-beveled razor-sharp blade and their patented sand-filled handles for creating a good balance.

Global really started the Japanese knife crazy in the USA, their knives marking a dramatic departure from the Wusthof's and Henckels that were predominant in the 70's and 80's. In that ...





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