It used to be that when I traveled for the holidays, I would always take care to pack a sharp knife or two into my checked luggage. No matter where I was spending Christmas, I knew I’d end up doing some cooking and would inevitably be frustrated by their array of slicers and choppers.
Thankfully, I don’t have to chance my favorite knives to the whims of TSA anymore, because a few years back, I started a personal campaign to improve the situation in my parents’ and sister’s kitchens. That way, when I go to visit them, I don’t end up moved to tears by the state of their cutlery.
If you find yourself in similar straits when traveling to visit family, consider doing your part to improve the state of their knife drawer. If they’ve got good knives gone dull, a simple sharpener like this one will help save you from frustration.
If their knives are just plain lousy, consider giving them one well-made knife. You’ll save your own sanity and take care of the gift list in a single swoop.
One such maker of beautiful, present-appropriate knives is New West Knife Works. Their blades are light, strong, and hold an edge. The Fusionwood handles are lovely to look at and to hold (do know that the factory that made their handles burnt down earlier this year, so if you like the looks of the Fusionwood, make sure to get one soon as inventory is low).
Because it’s the holiday season, I have one Fusionwood paring knife to give away to one of my readers. This is the last giveaway of 2014, and I’m so happy to be able to offer such a good one! Here’s how to enter.
- Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite holiday and/or end of year tradition. Do you make the same cookie each year? Do the latkes get cooked in the same pan? Is there a solstice ceremony you particularly love? Do you gather with the same people to watch football on New Year’s Day?
- Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog by Sunday, December 21, 2014.
- Giveaway is open to US residents only (sorry!).
- One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: New West Knife Works is the sponsor of this giveaway and they have provided two paring knives. One for me for photography purposes and another for the winner. Additionally, they are currently a Food in Jars sponsor. However, all opinions expressed in this post remain entirely mine.
One last thing! The folks at New West Knife Works have a sister brand called MTN Man Toy Shop. If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the mountain man in your life, it’s worth a gander.