Put simply, it's support, education and the best products. Your kitchen time should be a joy, not a chore. When the quality of your tools matches the depth of your enthusiasm for cooking, harmony is realized.
Element Knife Company is proud to offer high-end cutlery, sharpening services and accessories to home and pro chefs. Founded in 2010 by Chef Elan Wenzel, we have curated a collection of artisan products. With a love affair of knives and kitchen tools, Chef Wenzel has spent more than two decades ‘honing’ in on the globe's best products. As a chef driven Company, we believe it’s important that the quality of your tools and manner in which they are cared for match the depth of your enthusiasm.
Meet the Chef
After medaling in American Culinary Federation cooking competitions, Chef Wenzel graduated from Colorado Mountain Culinary Institute as Apprentice of the Year. Subsequently, he studied in Japan, and was exposed to a broad array of cutlery, tools, sharpening stones, and techniques. Now, after more than two decades in the industry, he has developed a much deeper appreciation for Japanese cutlery. Chef Wenzel continued working as a sushi chef in Colorado, most notably Denver’s best Sushi Restaurant, Sushi Sasa. After having won recognition for cooking at the James Beard Housein NYC with The Colorado FIVE, he continues tostay active with his local community of chefs and nationally with events like Cochon555. He feels that education, support and empowerment are the answer to giving back.
An Ancient Art
The history of Japanese knife making has roots dating back to 14th century Japan. Sword-smiths learned and perfected forging methods using iron, fire and water. During the Edo period, Japan was literally closed to the outside world, and its craftsmen had to come up with their own ideas and products. It is during this time, in the Sakai region of Japan, the idea that a knife could be crafted with a single cutting-edge, not two, as with those from China was born. Sword-smithing techniques carried over into knife-smithing. Shokunin (the Japanese word for artisans) blend these time honored traditions and skills with modern metallurgy to create a superior product.
Globally, top chefs have taken notice and sought Japanese kitchen knives for their artful beauty and exceptional performance. In turn, Japanese knives have gained popularity and have found their way into discerning kitchens. One aspect that sets Japanese knives apart is the “sweet point”. When gripped, it is noticed right away. This is a point located one-third down the knife blade from the tip and when you swing the knife vertically you feel its optimum balance. Determined to ensure the highest quality blades, smiths embody the heritage of Japanese innovation, artistry, and dedication.
At Element Knife Company, 'Our Partners' isn't just a term—it's a bond. It represents a handpicked network of Colorado-owned businesses that we stand behind and who stand with us. Each member of this family is chosen for their unwavering commitment to quality, their dedication to their craft, and their passion for serving the local community. Together, we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Colorado, sharing a mutual respect for exceptional products and services that elevate our state's vibrant local landscape. Dive in, discover our trusted partners, and experience the richness of local craftsmanship at its finest.
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