Custom Shop / Workhorse


AKA 'The Shire'.

From £350.00 - £525.00

WEIGHT 150 gms

Chop chop all day long.

Possibly our favourite large chef’s knife, the Workhorse took shape as an amalgam of our favourite parts of lots of different knives. We wanted to create a take on the classic European blade, one that could power precisely and repeatedly through the largest collections of veg, the toughest cuts of meat and the most delicate of herbs.

Substantial and yet exceptionally light, it ended up as a great all rounder and is ideal for larger hands and experienced chefs.

With a less-pronounced rock to the belly and a distinctive heel curve and good depth of blade, the Workhorse allows a gentle rocking chop motion but is equally well suited to a more up and down chopping technique, with the depth of the blade creating good knuckle clearance.

As with every Savernake, the Workhorse features our trademark concave blade, expertly blended into a tapering convex cutting edge. The blade’s concavity allows the knife to have both a sturdy spine and a cutting edge best measured in microns. It also removes excess weight and encumbrance from the side of the blade and is – in short – the business.


  • "Outstanding" sharpness and edge durability
  • 60 HRC Sandvik 14c28n
  • Designed for gentle, frequent maintenance on a steel
  • All-rounder


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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With proper care, our knives are guaranteed for a lifetime of use


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