Ironwood 12" Chris Kidder Special Chef Knife

The Chris Kidder G-Fusion Chef Knife

New West in the hands of a "Chef's Chef"

The Chris Kidder Chef Knife from New West KnifeWorks was designed with Chris Kidder, Los Angeles uber-Chef, who currently works as a personal chef and caterer to A-list celebrities and top political officials.  In an article in the LA Times, he was referred to as LA’s “Chef’s Chef” for his long tenure as Chef de Cuisine at Campanile, the James Beard Award winning “standard” for Southern California cuisine.

In connection with New West KnifeWorks, Chris Kidder is the brother-in-law of New West founder, Corey Milligan. As Corey shared, “I’ve been honing my cooking skills with Chris ever since we made breakfast for a college party all nighter while drinking green beer on St Patrick's Day. I finally had to break down and make this gigantic knife for him so I could get him to use one of my knives all day, everyday. In the kitchen, he’s not easy to please.”

Agility Meets Might in Blade Design

For those with skill to wield it, New West KnifeWorks Chris Kidder Chef Knife is the ultimate chef knife. At the perfect length for slicing everything from sushi to meats, soft ripe vegetables or crusty bread, this knife can perform all the chopping, dicing and general purpose work of a chef knife while having the added length to cleanly slice the softest food in one long stroke. 

Unique design aspects:

  • Blade spine does not taper for the first 4" of the knife length - for maintaining the right amount of stiffness for chopping as well as slicing; most blades consistently taper from bolster to tip.
  • Blade width - 1.75" to ensure that Chef's knuckles wont hit the cutting board when chopping; most long slicing knives are narrower.

Desert Ironwood

**Please note: this is a natural material and each handle will have unique grain patterns**

As the first major addition to our chef knife collection since switching to G10 handles for our "G-Fusion" line, New West KnifeWorks is proud to offer our line of Desert Ironwood S35VN chef knives. After months of testing various hardwoods and laminate woods for durability, water resistance, and overall look and feel, the richly textured desert ironwood rose to the top.
Because desert ironwood grows in such water-depleted environments, its grain structure is incredibly dense (so dense that it sinks in water), which leads it to have incredible strength and durability. In fact - this wood is so hard that it takes more material and time for our production team to get the scales shaped into New West' smooth and ergonomic knife handles.
To care for this material, we recommend avoiding harsh soaps or solvents on the handle (a little dish soap now and then is fine). The deep colors and rich shine quickly come back to life with a bit of mineral oil applied with a rag. No lacquer or sealant is applied to the ironwood, so it will readily absorb the oil and look shiny and new all over again.

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In the Press

“The perfect balance of power and grace.” Bon Appetit
“Knife Art.” Fine Cooking
“My best friend in the kitchen.” Hunter Lewis, Editor-in-Chief, Food and Wine


Blade Length 11.7 inches  
Overall Length 17 inches  
Max blade width 1.75 inches  
Steel thickness .160 inches  
Blade thickness .095-.030 inches  
Weight 8.64
Steel Type

Crucible CPM S35VN Super High Carbon Stainless Powder Steel HRC 59-60


Chris Kidder Chef Knife Technical Drawing

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Blade Length 7.75 inches  
Overall Length 13.5 inches  
Max blade width 1.625 inches  
Steel thickness .160 inches  
Blade thickness .095-.020 inches  
Weight 5.7 ounces  
Steel Type Crucible CPM S35VN Super High Carbon Stainless Powder Steel HRC 59-60


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