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Limited Edition Yew Carving Set

Turn carving the Sunday roast into an art form


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Strictly not just for Sundays

The Dextrous Carving set contains all you need to reward the effort of a beautifully-cooked roast with some perfect slicing action.

This particular limited edition version replete with handles made from English Yew has a very special back story indeed.

The story begins with a very old, very beautiful Yew tree situated in a churchyard in Hampshire that happened to be growing in a dangerous spot. The Anglo American couple living next door – Susan who is English and Donald, who hailed from Massachusetts – very much loved the tree and so, when the decision was made that it needed to be chopped down, paid to have it properly felled to make sure as much of the wood could be preserved as possible.

Sadly Donald later became ill and subsequently passed away, and when Susan came to clear out his workshop, it was a previous customer of ours called Neil who suggested she get in touch as he had shown his knife to both of them and they were very taken, and she thought that was a good idea. In return for a donation to the local hospice in which Donald spent his final days, Susan gave Laurie some of the yew for him to make knife handles from. Finding good Yew is tricky, and knowing that Donald (who was an expert woodworker) had taken care of the selection, drying and storage means that we know it’s of an exceptional quality.

It’s the first time we’ve used yew, let alone English yew. And the resulting handles are breathtakingly beautiful, the wood an absolute joy to shape and polish.

As a thank you to Susan, we made a handsome Carving Set with the first of the yew – it seemed only fitting that Donald’s memory would live on in such a celebratory, timeless way.

Our Extreme Slicer was originally designed by a chef to use at his carving station, and the design and materials conspire to create a beautifully graceful carving action.

Our curved Carving Fork has been designed to make it possible to hold it in either a fist or conventional grip, giving you options to manoeuvre easily as you carve and serve.

A top-class honing steel is combined with a hand-turned yew handle to ensure you can easily keep your blade edge in tip top condition.

Finally, the leather butterfly wrap is made-to-order for us by the incredibly talented master saddlers at E. J. Wicks. The wrap shown here is in dark brown leather with matching stitching but a variety of suede, leather and thread options are available.

We can customise the knife engraving to anything you’d like – as ever, if you’re interested in creating a really special gift, or would like to customise any set, please get in touch. Anything is possible.

Precision engineered from the highest quality high-tech 14c28n Sandvik Swedish steel and sharpened by hand and eye for the ultimate cutting edge.

As with every Savernake knife, the Dextrous Carving Set features our trademark concave hollow grind, expertly blended into a tapering convex cutting edge. This means it is both incredibly light, and easy to hone. It also allows for smoother cutting and slicing due to reduced metal passing through the ingredient, and less sticking, due to the reduced surface contact. Quite simply, the concave hollow grind is the business.


  • Extreme Slicer – for carving or slicing meat from bone
  • Carving Fork – for keeping the joint steady as you work
  • Honing Steel - for keeping your blades in tip-top shape
  • The fork has been designed to be held very comfortably in both a fist and conventional grip, and the long slender blade deals with large roasts as well as the most delicate grouse.
  • A beautiful leather wrap in which to store the set


Covid 19 Update

To ensure the safety and well being of our small team of knife makers we have implemented additional measures in our workshop to enable us to continue to make custom knives and accessories. The need for us to minimise the number of people in any one area of the workshop at any given time – plus ensuring all knives are sanitised prior to posting – means that our average lead time is currently around 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Need it sooner? Please get in touch and we’ll always do our best to help.
  • Your order will be delivered by Royal Mail Special Delivery in its specially-designed tubular Savernake packaging and guidance on knife care.
  • Gift Boxes, Cards & Ready Made items will be posted as soon as possible upon ordering (same working day if order is placed before 2pm)

International Delivery

We charge £40 flat rate delivery for delivery worldwide

Lifetime guarantee

Our products are guaranteed for a lifetime. We also offer a reconditioning service for damaged knives for a small fee.

We’re sure you’ll love your new knife. If there’s something not right with your order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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