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“The Cadillac of its kind.”- The Wall Street Journal
“ As beautiful as it is useful.”- New York Times
“Makes me feel like I can achieve anything.”- Chef Alex Guarnaschelli
“My best friend in the kitchen.”- Hunter Lewis, Cooking Light
“Razor sharp and gorgeous.”- Forbes
“Knife Art”- Fine Cooking
Old West on the Cutting Edge
A nod to our Jackson Hole roots that combines a hefty, Western design with elite steel. Serve up gourmet grub at camp with a clip-point blade that’ll make a grizzly (or sous chef) think twice about sticking their nose in your skillet.
James Beard meets Jim Bowie
While many of our knives are designed for culinary samurai this one is for the kitchen cowboy. As the name implies, it’s all Western. Japanese blade-making favors light-weight, super-sharp blades for agile slicing. The Western Chef is about heft and power, sporting a heavy, almost cleaver-width blade for hacking, chopping, and dicing. Given the choice, if your hands itch for a two-handed broadsword rather than a rapier-- look no further- this knife is for you. Keep it in your knife roll or wear it on your chaps, the Western Chef will have you ready for rodeo when things get Western in your kitchen.
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.
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.
**Please note: this is a natural material and each handle will have unique grain patterns**
Blade length 8.5 inches
Overall length 14.625 inches
Max blade width 2.3965 inches
Steel thickness .150 inches
Blade thickness .095-.020 inches
Weight 10.5 ounces
Steel type Crucible CPM S35VN Super High Carbon Stainless Powder Steel HRC 59-60