According to the Metro Kitchen web site Global Knives are designed and manufactured in Japan by Yoshikin using a blend of design elements from Italian and German traditions merged with Japanese precision tooling to create a high quality product.
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Metro Kitchen explains industrial designer Komin Yamada began developing the design of the knife in 1978. Kitchen products web site Amorica reports the first Global Knives products were distributed in 1985.
The Global Knives originally featured traditional Japanese knives, which metro Kitchen describes as including the Santoku range. By 2010 Global Knives U.K. web site explains the range has expanded to include over 50 knives.
The design and construction of Global Knives was revolutionary, using one piece of continuous stainless steel for both the cutting edge and the butt of the handle.
According to Global Knives U.K., the blade of a Global knife is a hard steel alloy of cromova 18. The blade is ice hardened and tested using the Rockwell test described by the University of Maryland as gauging the depth of imprint created when a ball or cone shaped point is pressed into the metal.
Global Knives says ice hardening the blade increases longevity and endurance, keeping the knife sharper and free from rust longer.
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