2pc "Yankee Samurai" Starter Set

The perfect starter set.

The "Samurai" starter set is a perfect basic set featuring two very popular and effective Japanese inspired blade shapes- the Santoku and the Petty. This is a great choice for those looking to cover all the basics-- a full size knife for heavy cutting board duties and something agile and light for precision work. From small home butchering projects to juilenne-cut carrots, this combo covers it all. Backed by our Lifetime Guarantee, these American-Made chef knives turn prep work into performance art. Life is too short for dull knives. 

The Santoku  A jack-of-all-trades, the Santoku is a chef knife for any home or professional kitchen. A full size chef knife that is lightweight and agile with a broad enough blade for scooping food from the cutting board. Unlike other brands, New West's santoku features a generous curve to accomodate chopping. The dimple grinds on the knife blade make it easier to slice meats and vegetables paper thin without tearing them. They also keep food from sticking to the side of the blade. New West's Santoku is a NY Magazine "Best Bet", a pick of Saveur 100, and a favorite of Iron Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli, who said the Santoku "makes me feel like I can achieve anything."  To find out how the Santoku is the ultimate balance of Eastern and Western knife design, click here!


The Petty is the ultimate kitchen utility knife. This classic Japanese blade shape works great as a peeling, paring, boning and carving knife for vegetables, fruits, herbs and other delicate work. However, it will also take on some of the slicing and dicing jobs of a large chef knife when you don't want to switch back and forth. Professional chefs swear by its versatility. Our Petty was described by Bon Appetit as "the perfect balance of power and grace."

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Want more than the basics? Upgrade to the Three Piece or Four Piece sets for more versatility.

Convenient, durable, American made: add a Four Piece Knife Roll to your set and get 15% off!
A great way for the professional or home chef to transport and store knives.