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Forschner 7-in. Meat Cleaver with Walnut Handle

A cleaver is a specialized type of heavy bladed broad knife which is primarily used by butchers and Chinese chefs, although it has been adopted by other cultures as well. In basic design, a cleaver most resembles a hatchet, with a sturdy squared blade anchored to a strong short handle so that the cleaver can be used with brute force to chop through bone, coconuts, and other heavy items. A well sharpened cleaver can also be used for fine work like chopping and shredding vegetables, and many Chinese cooks use a cleaver for all their knife work, rather than a set of chef's knives. For heavy work like butchering and cutting into fruit with a thick rind, a cleaver is an excellent choice, especially if the blade is kept in good condition. Use a cleaver with firm, decisive chops to open fruit or butcher livestock, but make sure to keep other hand clear of the field of work. The side edge of a cleaver can also be used to tenderize meat, unhusk garlic, transfer things from the cutting board, and crack things in the shell. Remember to leave the blade facing away from you when using it for this purpose, in case it slips. A cleaver can also be used to chop other foods; fine control over the knife can yield a variety of precise cuts and interesting shapes.

Price: $34.95

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