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Cleavers

Interestingly enough, to "cleave" can mean either "to split apart" or "to adhere." In food preparation, using a cleaver means, obviously, to split apart.

There is a big difference between meat cleavers and Chinese cleavers.

Meat Cleavers have very thick blades that are not very sharp; they are meant to be used for splitting bone and don't work well at all for fine cutting or chopping. Never sharpen them to a razor's edge; follow the angle of the original grind to sharpen correctly. Some cleavers have a hole because they were traditionally hung from a meat hook, or a hook on the butcher's belt.

Chinese Cleavers are the Asian version of the French chef knife. They must not be used for chopping bone, since that would destroy (chip, knick, bend) the edge. Sharpen them as you would a chef knife.

Chinese Cleaver
Chinese Cleaver
Meat Cleaver
Meat Cleaver

Chinese Cleavers

Kershaw KAI Shun Chinese chef's knife Kershaw KAI Shun DMO712 Chinese Chef's Knife, 7.75"

$229.99
($288 List)
#8752
7-3/4" long blade,
3-1/2" at its widest,
11" long overall,
Damascus stainless steel,
D-shaped Pakkawood handle,
Made in Japan
stainless steel chinese cleaver Stainless Steel Chinese Cleaver 7"

$14.99
#121241
11-1/4" long overall,
7" long blade,
3-3/8" at its widest,
2mm thick blade,
Rat-tail tang,
Lacquered wood handle
Made in Taiwan

Meat Cleavers

Fante's Pro Line Meat Cleaver Fante's Pro
6" Meat Cleaver

$49.99
#7516
6.25" blade,
3" wide at tip,
4.5" long handle,
11" overall length,
Weighs 0.97 lbs,
Stainless steel
Made in Germany
Our own import; a great value.
Henckels Professional "S" Series Meat Cleaver Henckels Professional "S" (Twin Gourmet)
6" Meat Cleaver

$74.99
($110 List)
#6974
5-3/4" blade,
3" wide at tip,
11" overall length,
3-rivet handle,
Weighs 0.84 lbs,
Friodur ice hardened stainless steel
Made in Spain
Model 31624-150
Wusthof 8" Meat Cleaver Wusthof
8" Meat Cleaver

$119.99
#11586
8" long 4mm thick blade,
3-rivet 5" long handle,
Weighs 1.5 lbs (680 g),
Made in Germany

X50 Cr Mo 15
Model 4680/20cm

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