Mino was born and raised on a farm in Niigata, Japan in 1938. Growing up, he learned an appreciation for tooling. After graduating from high school, Mino began working full-time at Seki Cutlery Mfg. Co. Ltd in conjunction with studying at HOSE University. Between 1956-1985 he was employed in the export sales department of Seki.
The beginning of GLOBAL Knives
In 1985, Mino set up MASTER Cutlery Corporation and soon after he began establishing the GLOBAL brand with Yoshikin. GLOBAL Classic's initial launch comprised of only 12 knives compared to the hundreds of knives and accessories now available worldwide.
Education and experience
Mino's years of working in the cutlery industry won him many strong business connections. Unknown to Mino at the time these connections would prove integral to the starting a successful GLOBAL Knives international enterprise.
In 1990 they started exporting to Canada, Spain and Australia and sales increased again significantly. Today the factory capacity is filled in many months in advance and GLOBAL exports to 88 countries around the world. GLOBAL Knives and Mino are now an internationally renowned.