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Not a knife that will take abuse
on August 4, 2011
I use this cleaver in processing pigs, sheep and goats on the farm. I needed a sharp and heavy cleaver that would crack through bone quickly. This one sure does that job and hasn't failed me yet. I agree with the other reviewer that the handle has a little play to it, but while that is annoying it doesn't affect the knife in use. So why three stars? Its first day on the job we used it to help divide a hog carcass in half. We used the cleaver to knock the skull in two - no easy job, and the cleaver did just fine - but afterwords the edge of the blade was nicked and pocked and very dull. We sharpened it back up and still use it, but it's a clear sign that this is a low grade steel that won't hold an edge or take any real abuse.
I'll keep using it, and sharpening it, and using it, and sharpening it, since there is plenty of steel there, and we don't need it but 3-4 times a year. If you just need it for specialized jobs, like I do, it's fine. If you're looking for a stout knife for daily abuse, this isn't it.