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“Japanese knives are more like Ferraris,” says Kevin Kent, CEO of the Knifewear Group, on Thursday evening. “Faster and sharper. But this is a Ferrari you can afford.” But this is not an average knife-sharpening event. The crowd spills out of the knife shop and onto Bank Street, with people filming through windows and peering over shoulders to get a glimpse of something that, to the everyday person, looks fairly unremarkable. Shibata-san picks up a block soaking in water, then another one, compares them, and places one down on a workbench. He rhythmically and almost robotically rubs the blade across the wet stone, flipping it and turning it. It is hypnotic.
he store celebrates Korean pop culture, or K-Pop. Staff had spent weeks unpacking adorable toys and Korean pop albums for the Quinpool Road store's opening day, and spent much of Saturday restocking shelves. "Everyone's so friendly and excited as we are to be here," said co-owner Sarah Milberry, who hails from New Glasgow, N.S. Her husband, Tom Yun, greeted and rang in customers before saying goodbye in English and Korean.