Based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the New West KnifeWorks company offers state-of-the art, Japanese-inspired cutlery with a Western flair. Functional showpieces for both home and professional cooks, many New West knives are decked out in ornate detailing and decorative handles. The Japanese high-carbon stainless steel blades, however, are the real stars of the show. Cut and finished by craftsmen in Seki, Japan, the blades hold their edges and are easy to sharpen.
New West features two collections: the Fusionwood Knives boast brilliantly colored handles, while the Phoenix Knives' blades feature delicate etchings. Individual knives start at $45—they're not entirely inexpensive, but we've worked with various sizes of both styles in the SAVEUR kitchen and were impressed with their form and function. Possibly the best thing about these knives is their lifetime guarantee; New West encourages you to send their knives back to the company for a tune-up. New West is doing it right, providing world-class knives along with small-town Western hospitality. For more information, go to www.newwestknifeworks.com. —Julia Grossman, SAVEUR