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CCI takes pride in our material quality and rigorous manufacturing process to create professional tools for chefs, students and the public. To improve customer satisfaction and knowledge, we have developed detailed documentation to educate our customers on the proper usage and functionality of the items we carry.

Crafting the Perfect Knife™

How the Perfect Knife is just like the Best Chocolate you’ve Ever Had

By Canada Cutlery Inc. (CCI)

For CCI, crafting the perfect knife is a lot like the process of making the best chocolate.

As one of the main ingredients, it is essential to only get cocoa from the best trees found in the growing range of the Equator. The cocoa is brought to the factory where professionals run tests to ensure it meets or exceeds safety and quality standards. Then, computers and robotic systems transform the cocoa into one of the world’s most adored treats. As one of the largest sectors of the food industry, humans all over the world depend on chocolate for their livelihoods – to show love, perform rituals, cure sickness, bad moods, and much more!

Now, how is this like creating the perfect knife? Just like in the process of making the finest chocolate, there are key ingredients required in the production of steel, a precise “recipe” to follow in manufacturing the knife and as a result, millions of people who depend on having the best quality product.

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Rosewood vs. Winewood™

For CCI, sustainablility begins with our handles.

By Canada Cutlery Inc. (CCI)

The word "Sustainability" is an important buzz word in the industry now a days, but what does that word mean and how does it have anything to do with CCI knives? Well my friend, sit back and enjoy your morning coffee while we tell you the scoop and all the information you need to know about sustainability and how it relates to CCI knives.

CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its objective is to ensure that international trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival (CITES, 2016). CITES is well known for their work protecting endangered species of animals including, tigers and elephants. However, their work goes beyond protecting endangered animals and also includes all wildlife species ranging from plants, flowers and trees; they really cover it all. How do the species on this list affect CCI Knives? While it does not affect all lines of CCI knives or even the steel of the knives itself, a certain line of Superior Culinary Master®, the Full Tang Winewood Series, has a wooden handle. Many consumers believe that Winewood and Rosewood are the same species of wood, but that is completely false. Read on below to learn about the differences between Winewood and Rosewood.

Rosewood or Dalbergia Latifolia is considered to be an endangered species and is currently listed on the CITES appendices. When a species is put onto the CITES list they are given a different level of protection. These levels are known as Appendix I, Appendix II and Appendix III.

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Culinary Glossary

What is a bolster?

It's the raised thick part between the blade and the handle, which usually distinguishes the knife as fully forged.

The bolster acts as a guard providing safety, balance, sturdiness, and comfort.

Beware of companies that manufacture knives with an imitation bolster as these knives are invariably poorer in quality compared to a “one piece fully forged” knife.

Read more glossary terms in our Education Section.

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