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 Post subject: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:30 am 

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Hello everyone, new to the forum, but not to CKTG!

I've been looking for a small cleaver for a while. I already own a tojiro dp nakiri (too small and don't really like VG10 steel) & a CCK 1301 (wich I shortened, but cannot really reduce the blade height). I finally gave the tojiro to my mother and use the CCK now, but I'd really like to find the "perfect" knife.

I also recently bought the Richmond Artifex wich I love (I REALLY like the feel of the AEB-L steel).

Now, the cleaver I'm looking for already exists (http://www.chefknivestogo.com/takedacleaver.html), but its a bit to pricey for me. Can someone recommend something similar (proportion wise) for less money?

Thanks a bunch!


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 Post subject: Re: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:31 am 

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What are you looking to spend?

I may have a custom in my personal collection that might fit the bill. Shoot me a pm if you are interested.

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 Post subject: Re: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:34 am 
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Takeda's are really nice. But for a bone chopper...i'd probably go for something like the Wusthof...high carbon stainless.
Hold the stainless edge while chopping bones...i don't think it's that big either, but it looks tough.

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/wugrpriicl.html



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 Post subject: Re: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:35 pm 

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Thanks desol, but I'm looking more at a vegetable cleaver, like a nakiri (but a bit bigger).


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 Post subject: Re: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:52 pm 
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Ahhh...hmm. Takeda's knives are superb, but they're so darned expensive.



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 Post subject: Re: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:32 pm 

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For something super inexpensive, how about the CCK 1303? It's smaller in both length and blade height than the 1301 you've got (it's 210mm x 90mm). The Richmond Fanatic is another alternative -- with dimensions similar to the 1303, but in AEB-L.

For a more premium kurouchi version that's still cheaper than the Takeda, you could try a Moritaka -- they've got a 190 and a 210. Blade height might still be more than you want, so it might be worth asking for a custom from them. Doing it in Blue #2 rather than Super might help keep the cost down.


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 Post subject: Re: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:50 pm 

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Thanks mkmk!

I looked at the Richmond Fanatic and this is a knife I had mind also... Will be looking at the Moritaka for sure!


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 Post subject: Re: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:02 pm 

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Ok, well through doing research, I've settled on the Takeda Gyuto 240mm. I know its not a cleaver, but the fact that the blade height is pretty big will give me the best of both worlds (nakiri-ish height + point).

Thanks for the recommendations!


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 Post subject: Re: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:18 pm 
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Smart choice.



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 Post subject: Re: Small cleaver recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:51 pm 
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Very nice choice indeed.



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