When two forces collide and their powers are enhanced, a "dynamic duo" is at hand. Just like Batman and Robin in the golden age of vigilante adventures, the 8" Chef is a classically effective kitchen hero --add in the spritely 5" Chopper for an agile and approachable complement. Well suited for a couple who cooks together or a home cook who is steadily improving their kitchen prowess, this set consists of two of our easiest-to-use and versatile knife shapes.
New spin on a classic shape: The Light-Speed 8.
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.
Powder metal steel allows this thin, agile blade to meld power with precision on the professional line and home cutting board alike. 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. This makes the "Light-Speed 8" more nimble for slicing and turning cuts while still leaving plenty of clearance for the knuckles. Also, this is the only kitchen knife to make the Kessel Run in under 12 par-secs. More about the 8" Chef.
Chopper changes chores into a joy.
For decades, the Chopper has been a customer favorite for holidays, birthdays, graduations, weddings, and housewarming parties. A very manageable size, stout handle, and curved belly are ideal for making things like mirepoix. The unique shape makes it a welcome addition to just about any collection. A beautiful gift that gets used every day is a constant reminder of affection AND a wonderful incentive to fall in love with cooking and a healthier lifestyle. The editors at Paleo Magazine summed it up best in their review of the Chopper:
"Any dedicated home cook knows that a good knife can make the difference between a meal cooked with finesse and enjoyment and one that’s a struggle to get on the table. With Paleo in particular, where fresh food prepared at home is the key to greater health, a good knife is paramount to making such a lifestyle a success." Paleo Magazine
More about the 5" Chopper.
S35VN: Ultimate Knife Steel
Like cooking, making knives depends on using the best ingredients. The G-Fusion line features the highest performing knife steel on the market-- S35VN “Powder Metal” steel. This high carbon, alloyed steel has it all: elite sharpness, toughness, edge-holding, stain resistance and sharpenability. G-Fusion knives are made in the US with American steel and backed by a lifetime guarantee.
**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 soft cloth. No lacquer or sealant is applied to the ironwood, so it will readily absorb the oil and look shiny and new all over again.