This classic combo covers everything you need on the cutting board - now in our elegant ironwood handles. Conventional wisdom says you need two knives to take care of business, a chef knife and a paring knife. If you or your loved one is kindling a passion for cooking-- quality knives will get the fire going. The Classic Starter set is a great investment for a lifetime of culinary adventure.
The "Light-Speed" 8" Chef Knife. For folks who find a traditional 8-inch chef cumbersome or intimidating, the graceful blade shape, tapered tang, and super-thin blade grind turn this precision instrument into an extension of your hand.
"America's Best" paring knife. A recent comparison by Cooking Light's test kitchen called this beauty "America's Best" paring knife. Don't be fooled, this wasn't a beauty pageant, it was a cutting board obstacle course focused on finding the champion in a variety of jobs- peeling, coring, mincing, pitting-- that the G-Fusion paring knife looks good getting the job done is just icing on the cake.
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.