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ZHEN Japanese VG-10 3-Layer Forged 8-Inch Slicer Chopping Chef Butcher Knife/Cleaver, Large
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- MADE WITH JAPANESE TOP GRADE STEEL, 3 Layers forged, VG-10 Japanese stainless steel cutting core, HRC 60-62 hardness
- Blade Length x Width x Thickness: 8" x 4" x 1.8 mm, 0.74 LBS, Made in Taiwan
- Frost surface finish design to prevent food from sticking to knife body
- Full tang design with durable sealed tight classic oval shape TPR handle to prevent slip & create comfortable holding
- Long-lasting sharp edge designed for chopping meats, vegetables and fruit, Do NOT Chop bones, Steel is imported from Japan and quality made in Taiwan
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Top Customer Reviews
Slicing is effortless, but it feels light. I actually appreciate how it balances in my hand.
The price is right. You're going to spend ~$200 for a knife of similar quality.
The handle is terrific. The tang was a solid piece of metal, ground flat in the middle, with the end cap left the width of the handle. It will last Forever. The grip is a sort of rubberized material, and it's bonded so tightly there is no place for water or gunk. I don't mean 'a crack thinner than a hair,' I mean there are no seams. I've used it twice daily for a year, and it's perfect. This is a better grip than my Wüsthoff knives. I especially like how the blade tapers into the handle, as it provides a very comfortable grip when holding the knife properly.
No Gimmicks. It seems like once you go above the $20 price range with a Chinese chef's knife, some cooking show personality or 'respected brand' is adding at least 100 bucks to the price tag. I know that is a valuable service because most people will never feel satisfied with their choice unless there is a brand or celebrity endorsement, but at the same time these products are usually marred with a logo, built from materials more suitable to European knives, or have 'distinctive' styling that gets in the way of functionality.
If you're the sort of person who has hand sharpened knifes since you were a kid and cooks by intuition, I think you'll find this knife a pleasure to use. But if you've been watching Alton Brown explain knives on youtube and he didn't rub you the wrong way, you should really spend the extra money and get Shun knives or whatever.
This is not a butcher's knife, as it is titled.Read more ›
Is it a perfect object of exquisite beauty? No.
It is a solidly-built tool that I use in my kitchen almost every day, and the price was affordable.
Factory edge is decent but would recommend using a 1000/6000 grit stone on it to get the edge
razor sharp . The knife profile is just AMAZING !!!, it is my go to knife at the moment and I
could not be happier with it.
Out of the box, the Zhen knife is definitely very sharp. I did my usual "sharpness" test my slicing some food items (e.g. tomato, celery, semi-thawed chicken) and a piece of paper. I also test the blade against my thumb nail, which is a good indicator that the knife is sharp if the blade causes some friction against the nail. However, in comparison to the Shun knife, the Zhen knife blade is definitely slightly wider...maybe around 1.5 inch. Also, the Zhen knife weigh around 75% lighter than the Shun knife. One of the nice thing I like about my Shun Chinese Chef Knife is that its weight is just enough to assist with chopping food without me using much strength. With the Zhen knife, you do have to use a little more strength, but not much since the blade is pretty sharp. Finally, the handle of my Shun knife is straight, and the Zhen knife is a little curving downward. It was awkward to use at first since I am used to the straight handle of my Shun, but you get used to it pretty quickly.
Thus, overall I would give the knife a 5 star since it's a great quality knife and a great deal for the $59 price. However, since the company claims to be similar to the Shun Chinese Chef Knife, I knocked out a star since it's almost there (but not quite). Yes, I would seriously consider this knife again if my Shun ever got damaged considering I won't need to pay 3-4 times more in price to get the same Shun knife.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Frost surface finish design to prevent food from sticking to knife body." Something's wrong with mine because EVERYTHING sticks to the knife body. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. J. Emmel
Great chefs knife as long as you keep it honed and take care of it. Stains easily but super sharp and sings nicely when you run a thumb across it after honing/sharpening. Read morePublished 8 months ago by david
The knife is perfectly made (for the price you can't get better than this). The size and the weight is very well balance. Very sharp. I love it.Published 8 months ago by Wino Sheep
It not so sharp as I expected. there is no document or indication that is using VG-10 steel. so I reduced one star.
And, I noticed that, there is red paint smudge on grip! Read more
Love this cleaver. I think it has a carbon blade, either carbon or stainless, it took no time to bring the blade up to a razor sharp edge. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rocket Dog
A well balanced, thin bladed, and shaving sharp out of the box cleaver. For the price, I could not have asked for a better chinese style cleaver.Published 12 months ago by Christopher Howdeshell
beautifully balanced, razor sharp straight out of the box. Nice tight seal between handle and blade. Worth every penny.Published 18 months ago by daft1druid