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The Best Chinese Cleaver Out There,
I've used many different Chinese cleavers over the years. From the cheap no-name $4 cleavers to the higher end Dexters. While shopping I stumbled across the Shun Chinese cleaver and my jaw dropped at the inherent beauty of it. Once I picked it up and looked at it I knew I must have it. Everything about it screams quality. It's balanced beautifully, is thin, made from V10, has an resin fused pakka wood handle and of course had the gorgeous grain in the steel from the 16 layers they use to forge the blade (these are not stamped knives).
I ended up buying both the Chinese cleaver and the 8" chefs knife to replace my old work horse Dexter chinese cleaver and my 9" Henckels. Out of the box these knives are sharp. You could do eye surgery with them. They hold an incredible edge. These are hands down the best knives I've used or owned.
Do not be intimidated by the price. Yes, they are on the expensive side but these are, as I have stated, simply the best knives out there today. They will last a lifetime. You will not be dissappointed. The kick butt over the Wusthof Culinars (which I think are fantastic knives).
Shun has created a knife that stands heads and shoulders above the rest.