Custom Shop / Workhorse


AKA 'The Shire'.

From £350.00

WEIGHT 150 gms

Chop chop all day long.

Our Workhorse started life as a special commission for a customer looking for a knife that drew inspiration from an amalgamation of the Brawny Chef and the Gyuto, with some flourishes from The Sargeant thrown in for good measure. If nothing else (and there’s plenty of ‘else’ of course) it’s testimony to the fun you can have tailoring knives.

Substantial and yet exceptionally light, it ended up as a great all rounder and 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


  • Every Savernake product is made to order. The quest for perfection takes time, so please allow 4-6 weeks for your order to arrive (see below for Gift Invitations & Panic Department).
  • 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 invitations & Ready Made items will be posted as soon as possible upon ordering (same working day if order is placed before 2pm).

International Delivery

International deliveries will be charged at £20 at checkout.

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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Whether you’re building the perfect knife set – or looking for a specialist knife for a specific kitchen task, explore our other knives here or get in touch with us to commission a bespoke knife.

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Personalised engraving is included on all knives


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


Delivery to UK included, flat rate shipping worldwide