In 1985, Yoshikin commissioned industrial designer Komin Yamada to develop a line of cooking knives that combined Italian aesthetics, German durability and Japanese precision. The result? The Global knife.
Since hitting the market, the Global name has become synonymous with sharpness, durability, and quality. To find out why, one only needs to look at the creation process. In order to make a knife, Global starts with a single piece of patented CroMoVa 18, twice tempered steel. After being stamped into the shape of the blade, each piece of steel is heat treated to over 1,000 degrees Celsius and then rapidly cooled to minus 80. For the Global-Pro series, veteran craftsmen then hand-polish the knife with wet grinding stones.
With the Sai line -- the first new line from Global in their 28-year run -- original Global designer Komin Yamada wedded design and function to create an even handsomer, more durable set of blades. They're perfectly balanced and feature a new, ergonomic thumb grip that results in less slipping than ever before. For culture fans, the knives' famous dimpled handles contain dots that represent the seven traditional Japanese virtues from the Samurai code of honor.
While the Sai's handles and edges are made from the patented, ultra-hard CroMoVa 18, the outer layers of each knife are crafted from a more flexible steel alloy called 18/8, which is resistant to rust. Additionally, each knife in the Sai line is individually hammered, creating hollow air pockets that reduce the blade's drag and allow it to slice through just about anything as if it were butter. This go round, the double-ground edges were cut from 15 to 12.5 degrees, ensuring that the knives stay sharper longer. The result is a functional redesign of a classic that gives the modern bushi an even better weapon for conquering the kitchen.
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.
The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.
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Jeremy BergerBen Bowers