The 8" Chef: Ironwood & S35VN

The 8-inch Chef Knife is for those who love only the best. "The Lightspeed 8!" This knife was deliberately designed for folks who find a traditional 8-inch chef cumbersome or intimidating. The graceful blade shape, tapered tang, and super thin blade grind makes this nimble knife come alive in your hand.

The thick steel in front of the handle makes for a blister-free pinch grip. The relatively narrow width of the blade is a departure from the recent fad of making knives extra wide. The blade is wide enough to provide plenty of clearance for your knuckles on the cutting board while making it more nimble and useful for slicing and turning cuts. 

"The new 8 has become my go to knife for all my home cooking."  Corey Milligan, Owner of New West KnifeWorks and retired journeyman cook.

Desert Ironwood

**Please note: this is a natural material and each handle will have it's own 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. 
 
 
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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