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Types of knives
Global knives are all made using the company’s proprietary steel, the CROMOVA 18 steel. This is a high carbon steel that consists of a special blend of molybdenum and vanadium steel, which allow the blades to achieve a hardness rating of HRC56-58 and be made quite thin.
The other signature feature of these Global knives is their edge. Both sides of the blades are ground or sharpened just like Western-style knives, but the edges are ground steeply to a 15 degree angle which is in contrast to typical Western or European knives which use a beveled edge that’s ground to a 20 degree angle.
The Global knives’ edge is straight, meaning the steel is tapered all the way from the spine to the edge (to a more acute angle), which results in an incredibly sharper knife that stays sharper longer than other knife brands, is easy to resharpen and wear les much more slowly compared to flat grinds.
Over the 30 years it’s been around, Global has developed an extensive selection of knives which they’ve put in four main collections: Classic, NI, SAI, and UKON.
This is the first collection of Global knives. It contains over 150 individual knives, which is the largest collection of knives in any single collection from any knife brand. The knives feature hand forged blades made using a single piece of Cromova 18 stainless steel from tip to handle butt. The steel is ice hardened (to HRC56-58) and tempered to resist corrosion and hold the edge for a long time but still be easy to sharpen.
The knives’ edge is straight and sharpened to a 15-degree angle on each side while the face is mirror polished as well as unembellished except for the brand name and logo, etched near the spine.
The handles are hollow and mostly round, made of the same Cromova 18 stainless steel. They feature Global’s signature dimple pattern all around which provide a comfortable, slip-resistant grip. They don’t have a full tang or a bolster. Global has instead filled the hollow handles with sand to counter the blades’ weight and achieve the perfect balance.
The Classic collection of Global knives is further broken down into four series/range; G, GF, GS, and GSF.
Global Classic G Range
Features the standard size Global Classic knives that have larger, longer Cromova18 blades with acute 15-degree cutting edges and weighted hollow handles that are round in shape and have dimples all around. The series contains an extensive collection of extremely diverse knives that include Chef’s, Carving, Oriental Chef’s, Slicer, Nakiri, Santoku, Deba, Oriental Deba, Bread, Roast Slicer, Ham/Salmon Slicer, Sashimi, Yanagi Sashimi, Tako Sashimi, Meat Cleaver/Chopper, Filleting, Boning, Scalloped Bread knife, Wedding Cake knife, Butcher’s knife, Meat/Fish Slicer, Swedish Filleter, Chinese Chopper, Santoku Hollow Ground, Bread knife Hollow Ground, Chef’s Hollow Ground, Nakiri Hollow Ground, and Ham/Salmon knife Hollow Ground. There are literally knives for all types of cooking and many of them have multiple size options.
Global Classic GF Range
Includes Global’s collection of standard size drop forged knives with blades made of the same Cromova18 steel and having the same edge design and quality. However, the handle sits on the blade’s tang creating a knife that’s heavier and more durable compared to the G and GS series. The knives are significantly stronger than those of the G series, making them excellent for professional chefs. The knife types include; Chef’s, Chef’s Hollow Ground, Nakiri, Carving, Boning, Boning Wide Blade, and Butcher’s knife.
Global Classic GS Range
This is a selection of small and medium-sized Global Classic knives. They are characterizes by shorter blade lengths than both the G and GF series, and a “triangular” shaped handles that are suitable for users with small hands. The blades and handles are of the same quality as all the other Global knives. The handles are hollow but filled with sand for balance and have dimples all around. GS range is for lighter more intricate work. Like the G series, it contains a wide variety of knife types and products that include: Chef’s, Oriental Chef’s, Chef’s Hollow Ground, Oriental Chef’s Hollow Ground, Kitchen knife, Slicer, Oriental Deba, Carving, Usuba Vegetable, Nakiri, Nakiri Hollow ground, Santoku, Santoku Hollow Ground, Oriental Santoku Hollow Ground, Paring Straight, Paring Spearpoint, Peeling, Tomato, Cheese, Utility Flexible, Utility Serrated, Utility Scalloped, Small Fish/Poultry knife, Palette knife, Utility Flexible Hollow Ground, Preparation Hollow Ground knife, Bagel/Sandwich knife, Utility Sushi, Chef’s knife for Tappanyaki, and Cheese & Herb Chopper.
Global Classic GSF Range
Like the GS series, this range features smaller, but very strong, fully –forged knives. They have small blades that are of the same quality as the other Global Classic knives. The handles are also of the same quality and have the same dimples all around, but they are flat and solid. The knives in this series are perfect for little kitchen tasks like peeling, trimming, chopping, and other small tasks essential for food preparation. The knife types include short blade-length knifes like Paring, Petty, Utility, Steak knife Serrated, Peeling, Peeling knife Spearpoint, Peeling knife Lambfoot, Peeling knife Cruved, and Shellfish knife.
Global Ni Collection
Global Ni collection is the second generation of Global knives. They are quite similar to the Global Classic collection as the blades are made of Cromova 18 stainless steel and feature Global’s acute 15-degree cutting edges. However, they do have several improvements that set them apart from the original series.
The blades of Ni knives are thicker for increased strength, weight, and durability. They are a bit more substantial than the Global Classic collection and offer a superior edge and cutting performance. Each knife features a distinctive oriental tip/styling too.
The other difference is the handle shape. It’s slightly longer than the Classic collection with a slightly rounded spine and ergonomic “chestnut” shape to provide a pinch grip for excellent control, comfort, and precision. The handles are still hollow, though, filled with sand to create perfect balance and they also have dimples all round to enhance grip.
The Ni collection has offers wide selection of knife types too, which include; Utility, Paring, Slicer, Flexible Slicer, Bread, Nakiri, Nakiri Hollow Ground, Oriental Chef’s, Santoku, Carving, Filleting/Boning, Oriental Chef’s Hollow Ground, Tomato, Utility Serrated, Scalloped Utility knife, Carving Hollow Ground, and Flexible Filleting/Boning knife.
Global SAI Collection
The Global Sai collection, like the Global Classic, was developed by Komin Yamada. It features the same construction methods as the Classic collection, an all stainless steel construction and hollow handles. However, the Sai knives have a 3-ply blade that made up of a Cromova18 stainless steel core, clad by 18/10 stainless steely layer on either side for enhanced strength and corrosion resistance.
The edge of the blades has also been sharpened to a 12.5-degree acute angle, instead of the 15-degree angle seen on the Global Classic knives. It’s equally mirror polished by hand to ensure extra-long lasting sharpness. The Sai knives are basically sharper and retain their sharpness much longer than the Classic series.
Each blade has a unique and stylish hammered finish that also creates air pockets that give the blade non-stick properties, which help prevent cut food from sticking to its surface.
The handles are hollow and weighted just like many other Global knives. They are slightly longer, and curved to prove a comfortable grip. They also have a unique thumb recess/rest for a safe, secure grip, and efficient cutting motion. They don’t have dimples all around like the Classic knives but instead have seven signature black dots that represent the seven Sumarai codes/ways of honors and principles.
The Sai Collection knife types include; Nakiri, Santoku, Chef’s, Paring, Pairing Straight knife, Steak knife, Peelaer, Utility, Flexible Utility, Bread/Sandwich knife, Serrated Utility, and Carving knife.
Global UKON Collection
The Ukon selection is a fusion of modern and traditional Japanese design. The knives look sleek and modern. They still retain the unique features of Global knives. The blades are made of Cromova18 steel and feature Global’s acute 15-degree cutting edge. However, they are thicker to enhance their strength, durability, and performance. They are also subjected to more precise grinding and finishing process, which make them 10% sharper than previous collections.
The knives come with dual-surface handles that have smooth and textured sides. They are round-shaped with the textured side featuring the signature Global’s dimples all over for a comfortable, slip-resistant grip. The handles also feature an ambidextrous thumb rest closer to the blade for extra comfort as well as great control and efficiency. Plus, the underside of the handles features Global’s trademark indentations.
The knife types within the Global Ukon collection includes; Chef’s, Santoku, Nakiri, Paring, Utility, Carving, Asian Chef’s, Santoku Hollow Ground, Serrate Utility and Bread knife.
Global has one of the most affordable collections of knives. Masahiro is the only other Japanese brand that’s comparable to it when it comes to prices of their knives. Global knives generally cost from around $40 to $300. Their Santoku knives cost less $250 and the variation in the prices is mainly due to the blade length and blade finishing/style.
For instance, the Classic 5-inch Santoku knife (GS-35) goes for $84.95 while the 4-inch version of the same knife (GS-6) goes for t$72.95. Another good example is the Ukon Santoku knives where the Ukon 7-inch Hollow Ground Santoku knife costs $149.95 while its 5-inch version costs $109.95.
It’s the same thing with the blade finishing. The Classic 7-inch Santoku knife (G-46) with standard blade design goes for $124.95 while the hollow ground version of the same knife costs $129.95.
The Sai is Global’s premier collection as most of its knives are priced slightly higher than the others. For instance, its 5-inch Santoku knife goes for $164.95 and the 7.5-inch version for $199.95, which is the most expensive of all Global’s Santoku knives.
The Nakiri knives are also priced within the same range ($70 to $250) as the Santoku knives. Again, the difference in their prices is due to the blade length and blade style. A good example is the Classic 5.5-inch Nakiri knife (GS-5) with standard blade which costs $84.95 while the hollow ground version (GS-91) comes at around $95.95.
The prices of Global’s Nakiri knives also vary from one collection to the other with the Sai again having the most expensive options compared to the rest. The SAI 7.5-inch Nakiri knife (SAI-04) goes for $199.95 like its Santoku counterpart and it’s the most expensive Nakiri knife in Global’s collection of knives. The 6-inch version (SAI-M06) goes for $164.95, which is the same price as Global’s Classic Forged Nakiri knife (GF-36) yet it’s an 8-inch long knife.