Cleavers

Cleaver

Meat cleaver

A meat cleaver, closely related to a chinese chef's knife, is a big, usually rectangular blade that is employed for splitting or "cleaving" meat and bones.

A cleaver can be differentiated from a chef's knife shape by the simple fact that it possesses a heavy blade which is thick along the spine until quite near the edge. This edge is sharply-beveled while its bevel is normally convex.

Cleavers are constructed to cut through a speedy stroke devoid of cracking, splintering or bending the knife. Most cleavers contain a hole at the end to enable them to be effortlessly hung on racks. The meat clever is an necessary tool for any chef. This type of knife is most frequently observed in a home knife set and is somewhat a light-duty cleaver about 7 inches (18 cm) in length.

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