My Cleaver

Posted on July 25, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple | Tags: , , , , , |

Food - CleaverLook at this great cleaver I found at a resale shop.  I have had it awhile and never used it until yesterday.  I knew it was a quality knife because of its heft and its full-tang construction, meaning the metal of the blade runs right up through the full handle.  It appeared to be brand new.  It has no name on it, but for $1.99 I wasn’t going to quibble!

Well, now that I’ve hacked apart an enormous chicken leg with it, I’ve developed quite an appreciation for such a quality instrument.  I like to think about why someone would get rid of something like this.  I think many times these kinds of things were given as gifts and the recipient didn’t realize what a great gift it was!  Looking through the knife bins at a resale shop is always a category stop for me.  I have found amazing good-quality cutting implements for a song.

I never realized what a cleaver could do, though.  First, it is a heavy knife and simply dropping it onto the board produces quite a lot of chopping power.  It cut clear through the bone with about 3 whacks.  Chopping the meat was amazingly fast and easy.  I can see why a cleaver is a favorite with butchers.  This one has earned a permanent spot in my kitchen tool arsenal!

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