How To Pick A Mid-Size Knife

New West KnifeWorks
The perfect selection of all-around culinary knives and accessories.

Guide: Picking A Mid-Size Knife

A graceful balance of strength, style and function, our knives are made in the U.S.A with an advanced CPM S35VN super, high-carbon steel. Also known as utility knives, these versatile pieces of “Knife Art” can peel and pare – or slice and dice – with the utmost beauty, sharpness and flow. And their performance is guaranteed for a lifetime. In fact, the New York Times picked our Petty knife as the #1 gift for the "hard to please", calling the knife "as beautiful as it is useful".

The Petty

"Sure, a 3" paring knife seems like a natural companion to your chef’s knife. But the 5" or 6" petty (a.k.a. utility) knife is nimble enough to accomplish the tasks of a paring knife—peeling potatoes, segmenting citrus, trimming brussels sprouts—and then some. It’s long enough to function as a boning knife, a fillet knife, even a chef’s knife. It’s the champion of the all-around: agile enough to make delicate work of veggies and sturdy enough to bone a chicken. It strikes the perfect balance between power and grace." - Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit

The Chopper - “A Joy in my Kitchen.” NPR

"I want you guys to pick up this knife, because -- yes it's beautiful, yes, it's American made, it's made from American steel -- but it feels so good in your hand, that when your chopping... I really love to chop, it's something I get into the Zen of... and I have to say, these knives out of Wyoming are really a joy in my kitchen." - Kathy Gunst, Here&Now

The Deli: The Ultimate Sandwich Knife

"The deli knife is AWESOME! Brought it to my friend's farm for a big tomato-sauce making party and everyone who used it was impressed :-) I like that it doesn't shred tomatoes the way that your average serrated knife does, and performs more like a sharp non-serrated, which is usually my prefered for tomatoes. Regardless, it's a keeper, and has earned a permanent place in my knife roll." - Amiel Stanek

TRANSFORM CHORES INTO A JOY

The vibrant colors of the G-Fusion line remind us that making nourishing, delicious food for those we love is an expression of who we are. We make tools to be an extension of the hand of the culinary artist.

G10: BEAUTIFUL AND BOMBPROOF

Don’t be fooled by the pretty colors, these handles are bombproof. Originally developed for the motherboard of a computer, this fiberglass laminate is extremely tough, feels good in the hand, and thrives in the hot and humid environment of a professional kitchen.

THE BEST STEEL FOR CHEF KNIVES

S35VN is the best steel available for kitchen use. Sharpness, edge-holding, stain-resistance, toughness: the powder metal process lets us pack in more carbon and special alloys with none of the tradeoffs of other high-carbon blades.

PROFESSIONALLY TESTED AND APPROVED

From top test kitchens like Bon Appetit and Food & Wine to Michelin star restaurants and your local favorite bistro, New West KnifeWorks is professionally tested and approved. “My Best Friend in the Kitchen.” Hunter Lewis, Editor in Chief, Food & Wine Magazine.

NATURE AND NURTURE: THE BEST OF BOTH

For those who prefer the natural look and feel of a wooden handle, we tested all the top candidates: Desert Ironwood rose to the top. One of the hardest woods on Earth, it makes a perfect companion in the kitchen for the cutting edge blade.

SKILLED AMERICAN MAKERS

A knife is an extension of the hand, which is why all of our knife handles are hand-finished in the USA. We don’t have an assembly line, each knife is taken through the entire knife-making process by one expert maker to ensure the quality of every blade.

SOLVING THE RIDDLE OF STEEL: POWDER ME

Traditional steel selection always involved trade-offs: too sharp and it becomes brittle, too much stain-resistance makes it cut like a butter knife, too tough and you can’t sharpen it yourself. S35VN steel gives our blades all the good qualities with none of the bad.

LIFETIME GUARANTEED

The craftsmanship of our knives is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We also offer free sharpening and service for all of our knives by mail or through our retail shops.

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