An Exciting Knife Giveaway!

New West Knives

Well it’s been a while, hasn’t it?  We’re all settled in at the new house and although there’s still tons of work to do, it’s slowly shaping up and we are loving the new place more and more each day!

And now that I’m officially back to blogging, I thought I’d start things back up with a bang!  I have two gorgeous kitchen knives to give away thanks to the wonderful people at New West Knife Works.

As a food blogger, I am constantly bombarded with requests to write about new products.  For the most part, I kindly decline these offers.  But when I got an e-mail from New West Knife Works, I was instantly intrigued.

For one thing, I love knives.  A good knife is a cook’s best friend.  While I don’t generally accept expensive free products in exchange for a review, I did like the idea of accepting these quality knives to give away to a couple of readers.  I mean, you deserve it for putting up with my sporadic and infrequent posting!

New West Knife Works sent two different types of knives and they are both absolutely beautiful!  I have to tell you, it’s hard for me to give these things away!


The first one is the Fusionwood Chopper.  I love the colored wood handle and curved blade.  Here’s the description from the Web site:

Vegetables have nightmares about these pro quality kitchen knives. But for the slicing and chopping needs of your kitchen, this knife is a dream. The winner of the “New West Salsa Test”. The perfect knife for those who find a large chef knife unwieldy.


Just look at that beautiful blade! With a 5 1/2 inch blade, this knife is much smaller than what I am used to.  But it feels great in my hand and I am seriously thinking about adding the Fusionwood Chopper to my Christmas wish list!

The second knife is called the Petty and it is from their Phoenix collection. According to the Web site:

The Petty is the perfect peeling, paring, boning and carving knife for vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other delicate work. A traditional Japanese blade shape, the petty is becoming a must have for the American kitchen. The home user who finds a larger chef knife unwieldy will find the petty a suitable alternative as an everyday chef knife.


The Phoenix knives are made in Seki, Japan, a place known as The City of Swords. I love the delicate thin blade on this knife and it, too, might someday fit nicely in my own collection!

So, here’s how this will work.  In order to enter the contest, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell us why you would like a new kitchen knife.  If you already have a great set of knives, it would nice if you would sit this one out and give some others a chance.  But I’m not putting any restrictions on the contest.  If you would like to be considered, just leave a comment.

At the close of the contest, I will randomly select two people using a random number generator.  The contest will end on Thursday at 1pm (pst).  I will post the winners by the end of that day!

Good luck, everyone!

And thanks again to Corey and Michael at New West Knife Works for introducing us to their wonderful knives!

EDIT: The contest is over. Comments were closed at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18

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  1. John

    Being able to slice up a tomato without turning it into mush would be really nice, but I’d need a great knife to do that. These qualify, please pick me!

    6:35 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  2. Eric

    Perhaps I would be more motivated to cook in the kitchen with some decent knives to use! Btw – Love your site!

    6:43 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  3. Elizabeth

    What a great idea in this giveaway. Never done anything like this, but here it goes. I would love to be the recipeient of one of your knives (they ARE beautiful by the way) because the knives I own are, well, less then stellar. I am somone who up until a few years ago could make mac & cheese – from a box – but that was about it. I’ve been working for a chef/writer in her home office and have learned a great deal about cooking from her. One of the most important things is that sometimes it is the equiptment you use – though not always. Let me tell you about my knives at home. I got them at the dollar store. I know, pretty silly place to get a knife, but as a single mom there isn’t always room in the budget for qualtiy household items. Needless to say I would very much like to advantage of a quality knife.

    Oh, and by the way, I discovered your blog this past April and have loved reading your posts. I really enjoy your food photography – a dabble a little myself. Oh and your deviled egg recipe that you post in June was a big hit this summer for my family!

    6:55 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  4. Kara

    I need a new knife because I still have a set of Target knives! I put new ones on my Crhistmas list every year, but for some reason no one evers buys them for me.

    7:48 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  5. nicole

    I am in desparate need of a proper knife. Both of those knives sound wonderful. I use a set of steak knives for pretty much everything because I cannot afford anything proper. These knives look like they will last a lifetime

    7:51 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  6. Jay

    Such beautiful knives! Mine survived the breakup of my first marriage…..36 years ago! Either of these knives would handily replace the chef’s knife I’ve been using all this time. I do like the idea of a smaller, equally functional knife. Keeping my fingers & toes crossed!

    8:56 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  7. Teri

    About five years ago, my brother gave me an old set of steak knives for which I was very greateful. The steak knives generally do the job (except for cutting squash) and someday I’d like to upgrade to something nicer. I’ve never even held a knive as pretty as these but I would sure like to give one a home. I bet they could make slicing veggies fun =)

    8:58 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  8. Lawrence


    I live in a small viking village without knives you see. People cut with their hands or with sharpened sticks. The sticks are sharpened with stones or ram skulls. Hands to cut with are poised not unlike a James Bond karate chop. It’s quite sad. If I win these knives I can lobby for more for our village. Once the elders see how useful cutting with sharp blades instead of blunt edges of palms they will surely order more.

    I thank you for your time and consideration. You are most generous. Tak skal du have!

    9:07 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  9. Julianne

    I now have knife envy. I need the knives. I want the knives. I will love the knives. I could go into a long (and true) story of how much I REALLY DO NEED the knives, but it’s random, right? If I win, and anyone is even remotely interested, I’ll be happy to express gratitude and show everyone why the knives will now have a happy home.

    9:13 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  10. JenC

    Wow, those knives are AMAZING! I would be forced to up my game in the kitchen if I had one of those babies. Guess for now I’ll have to be content with sharpening and resharpening my Target versions. 🙁

    9:29 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  11. Suzanne R.

    I am in need of a new set of knives. I just finally purchased a real set of pots and pans, and now I am looking for just the right brand to replace my current mismatched, inexpensive, old and dull “collection”. These look remarkably well made and beautifully crafted. This could be the fabulous start of my new collection-

    9:30 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  12. Terri-Lynn

    I need these knives! I have no great knives, just cheap dull things. Please pick me random integer gods.

    9:54 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  13. kelley

    oooh, because i haven’t ever had the money to buy knives to replace the kershaw set that my grandmother bought me when i was 20?

    9:59 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  14. Lisa L.

    VERY nice knives. I am still using knife hand-me-downs from my mother, and the blades on these cheapies waver!! Scary. I don’t have the money right now to properly replace them. My family eats a lot of salad and vegetables, and I could really put these quality knives to good use! I’m really hoping!!

    10:06 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  15. Joanna

    Those knives are gorgeous! I need some good quality knives for my kitchen!

    10:31 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  16. Dave

    I am a pastry chef with lacking knive for my precise cutting, these would help me out greatly as I would use them on a daily basis…

    10:54 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  17. Lady Rogue

    Our underground supperclub here in Atlanta, Georgia could certainly use the equipment – we are bare bones!

    11:06 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  18. Erin

    My knife block has one or two empty slots…

    11:07 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  19. Coleen

    Because I need new knives big time and because I’ve never ever won anything. Except for $25 on a scratch ticket once and you would have thought I won a million.

    11:34 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  20. Alexis Ellis

    Great looking knives! I have to agree that a good set of knives is essential to good cooking. Would love to have a chance to try these out.
    Glad you are back to blogging as I really enjoy your site!

    11:40 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  21. Kat

    I am usually a big loser at these contests, but what the heck – may as well try to win anyway! My current set (and by “set” I mean a 7” chef’s knife and a pairing knife) is Shun, and although I love them, they need to be sent back for sharpening. I keep putting it off because I don’t know what I would do without them!

    11:47 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  22. Stacey

    That’s the one thing we didn’t get when we got married…. and still don’t have

    11:50 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  23. tomc

    can you send these through the post 🙂

    11:54 am  Sep 18th, 2008
  24. Joyce

    I desperately need a new knife. I’m still using the cheapo knives that my parents gave me when I moved away from home…in 1989. The blades have been breaking out of the plastic handles for the last five years. I’m now down to one steak knife and one all-purpose chopping knife.

    12:11 pm  Sep 18th, 2008
  25. Melissa

    Wow! What a dream! My knives are giving me carpal tunnel. My husband and I switch off using the knife blocks we both brought into the relationship. Sometimes I don’t think they cost us more than $50 total. I promise to not cut off a finger on a real knife! II am getting really tired of having to turn to kitchen scissors (that were really started as ribbon scissors) for anything from tomatoes to chicken fat. Help!
    If nothing else, thanks for giving us two good recommendations. I was at Linens and Things looking this morning and was too overwhelmed and didn’t think I could wait for the Christmas morning knife package!

    12:21 pm  Sep 18th, 2008
  26. Melissa

    Ooooooh, I want a pretty knife. They’re absolutely gorgeous!

    Thanks for the contest!

    12:37 pm  Sep 18th, 2008
  27. mothermai

    I could use a new knife. I’ve started cooking at home, but my parents only have their old ones that are getting dull. Hands are a bit cramped from last night chopping because I had to do the chopping instead of the knife. Love the website, and glad you are back posting

    12:41 pm  Sep 18th, 2008
  28. Julie

    I need a new chef’s knife, my old one has a huge chip in the blade by tha handle.

    Thanks for the contest, glad you are back.

    12:51 pm  Sep 18th, 2008
  29. Rachelle

    I have been looking for a new knife lately, those are beautiful!

    12:53 pm  Sep 18th, 2008
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