Used for ‘cleaving’ meat and bone, cleavers are a staple in horror movies. The instantly-recognizable rectangular blade is thick, heavy and very sharp, making it the perfect instrument for chopping up steaks or unsuspecting teenagers.

You’ll only need this knife if you’re a fan of butchering your own meat. Most home kitchens won’t need one, though you’re likely to find one in most restaurant kitchens.

While cleavers are far from essential for most people, a good one is undeniably satisfying to use, making it a ‘from the heart’ rather than ‘from the head’ purchase.


Recommended cleavers

Product Stop Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Chopping Knife

This will allow you to chop merrily through any joint of meat that’s going to be in your kitchen. The ergonomic handle allows for nimble use, and the precision-sharpened edge, with seamlessly-bonded blade will have you slicing and dicing immediately.

Comes with a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with your choice.

Amazon buyer rating 4.6/5


Winco 8-inch Heavy Duty Chinese Cleaver

This traditional beauty with wooden 5-inch handle is made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel and will enhance any traditional-looking kitchen. At 15 ounces, it feels solid and easy to grip in the hands, and is great for daily use.

Definitely at the budget end of the scale, but it’s very popular with people who are looking for an affordable cleaver.

Amazon buyer rating 4.5/5


Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Cleaver

This is the sort of utensil that looks like it would be right at home in a restaurant kitchen. Designed with the professional in mind, its 7-inch stainless steel blade holds its ultra-sharp edge, and cuts easily through large pieces of food and bone.

The high grade 430 steel handle allows for easy grip and hassle-free maneuvering for convenience. It’s a lot of bang for your buck.

Amazon buyer rating 4.6/5


J.A. Henckels International Classic 6-inch Cleaver



Add a touch of class to your kitchen with this heavy duty 6-inch cleaver. Using the Henckel trademark of high-carbon German stainless steel with blades and bolsters hot-dropped for added durability, the full-tang triple-rivet handle assures a safe and substantial-feeling piece of kit with a lifetime limited manufacturer warranty.

It’s dishwasher-safe, but – as ever – hand washing is recommended to protect your investment.

Amazon buyer rating 4.5/5


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