Global (cutlery)

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Industry Kitchenware
Founded 1985 (1985)
Headquarters Tsubame, Japan
Area served
Key people
Chuji Kamekura
Products Kitchen knives, accessories
Owner Yoshida Metal Industry
Number of employees

Global (often written in all capitalized letters as GLOBAL) is a brand of cutlery products made by Yoshikin of Japan. Their selection of knives are known for their distinctive one piece, molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel design. These are considered premium level products with a single knife often costing upwards of $100 (USD). Global products can often be found at specialty cooking retailers.

Compared to conventional European knives such as J. A. Henckels or Wusthof, Global knives are made from a significantly harder alloy of steel, use a thinner blade thickness, and are ground to a narrower angle. This produces an extremely sharp knife which keeps its edge longer and allows for more accurate work, but takes longer to sharpen when it becomes dull. Because of this, the manufacturer recommends using whetstones and ceramic sharpening rods as opposed to the European sharpening steel. In addition, Global knives are renowned for their surprisingly light weight and even balance, a trait achieved by hollowing out the handle during production.

Global knives have a distinctive appearance with black dimples present on the handle and on one model of their storage block.

Over the past decade the Global line has rapidly introduced many new highly specialized knife designs, including a tomato knife and a crab/lobster knife. They also make eating utensils.

Global knives are used by such well known chefs as Geordie Glumac, Giada De Laurentiis and a number of the Iron Chefs on the original Iron Chef television series. Chef Anthony Bourdain, writing in Kitchen Confidential, recommends Global knives as a lightweight, easy to sharpen, and an inexpensive alternative to German-made knives.

In 2006, the G Series knives was placed #46 on the Japanesque Modern Committee listing. [1][2][3][4]


Global was founded by Yuzo Watanabe in Japan in 1985.[5][6]

In 2006, the G Series knives was placed #46 on the Japanesque Modern Committee listing.[7][8]

Global is also tested well, i.e. in the Swedish TESTFAKTA.[9]


  1. ^ The committee of Japanesque*Modern --"Japanesque Modern Collection"--:
  2. ^ Landis, Denise (7 February 2001). "TEST KITCHEN; Japanese Slim Vs. the German Heavyweights". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  3. ^ Fabricant, Florence (14 June 2011). "The Knife Rack Goes High-End". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  4. ^ Ward, Chad (2009-07-21). "The Perfect Use for Deadly Weapons". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
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  6. ^ Parsons, Russ (2004-12-08). "Revolution in the kitchen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  7. ^ "Japanesque Modern Archives -"Japanesque Modern Collection"". Archived from the original on 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  8. ^ Chemicalkinetics. "Shun or Global knives? Which brand do you like?". Chowhound. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  9. ^ "Testfakta". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2015-09-15. 

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