When Komin Yamada first designed his bizarre take on the Japanese chef’s knife, it was sacrilege. Today, it’s one of the best values in the kitchen knife world.
From tip to handle, Global knives are single, continuous pieces of stainless steel. To keep the blade down, it’s weighted ever-so-slightly toward the tip. The heel of the knife (where the blade drops off into the handle) curves more gradually than a standard Japanese knife, making it much easier to choke up on. An array of golf ball-like divets designed to keep the blade firmly in hand, even the grips are odd. Despite the unfamiliar design, the knife was given a prestigious Good Design Award a few years after its 1987 launch, and was later awarded a Good Design Long Life Award for its staying power.
The Ukon 7-inch knife is a slightly thicker and heavier version of the classic G-2 knife, and you can currently get it for $90 instead of its regular $150 on Amazon.
Will Price is Gear Patrol's home and drinks editor. He's from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He's interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.
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