The NI range from Global Knives:
The first cut is the deepest and the first time I used one of my new GLOBAL knives about 20 years ago it certainly was! So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I went to the launch of their new series of knives GLOBAL NI.
In all seriousness GLOBAL are one of the top kitchen knife brands for both professionals and domestic users. Made in Japan, they are imported by the Grunwerg Sheffield based cutlery firm. Grunwerg have been a family business for 70 years starting as a manufacturer and moving into distribution. Global knives were launched in 1985. They looked completely different to European knives and the level of sharpness was much higher. Having a metal handle was another innovation that made them popular, initially amongst chefs.
With the advent of specialist cookery stores and TV shows, Global spread into the retail sector.
15 years ago Michel Roux senior started using the knives at The Waterside Inn in Bray. Now the 3rd generation of the Roux family are working with the 3rd generation of the Grunwerg family! The connection runs deeper as Grunwerg are the main sponsors of The Roux Scholarship, the UK’s premier prize for young chefs.
Global’s range has widened over the years, with more specialist items being manufactured. Seven years ago Global moved into a new factory, with much more automation which has allowed the company to diversify. Their new range is Global Ni (Ni means 2 in Japanese); there’s an emphasis on sharpness, longer handles and weightier thicker blades at the back of the knife. If you are already a fan ofGlobal Knives, fear not. The original range will continue, with NI being positioned as a super premium product.
After some canapés and fizz we watched a couple of past Roux scholars demonstrate the knives. Their top tip – rock the knife back and forth for ultimate chopping speed.
The pros seemed really happy with the new model and we were lucky enough to be given one to take home. It really is sharp and a joy to handle. If you’re serious about your kitchenware you should check out the GLOBAL range. Just mind your fingers!
Find out more about the Global Knives range here.