Best Cleavers

Updated April 2019
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A cleaver is a kitchen knife with a large, usually rectangular blade. Cleavers are more about heft and durability than they are about sharpness as they are meant for things like hacking through bones. They can also be used for other heavy lifting jobs like smashing garlic cloves or halving winter squashes. Look for a cleaver that is heavy enough to handle tough jobs, like chopping through chicken bones, but not so heavy that it is difficult to hold or control. A cleaver with a thick spine that tapers to a moderately thin and sharp blade are the most versatile – able to handle both bones and vegetables – while also being durable.

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