This version of the CCK small cleaver offers up a fine handle worthy of this blade. With this handle,the cleaver is well-balanced at my index finger using a 3-finger grip pinch grip. With a 2-finger grip,the center of balance is a half-finger in front of my index finger. The handle is nicely sized,managing to satisfy my preference for the big and girthy,yet it was still comfortable for a friend who prefers handles with a slimmer profile. The walnut is well-finished,simultaneously smooth and sturdy in the hand.
When I considered buying this version of the CCK 1303,I had no trouble justifying the price. To date,I haven’t found a cleaver I liked better than the standard 1303 at this price,so getting the handle upgrade at this price was a no-brainer. And it certainly removes the need to get the standard model and find a custom handle maker at the far higher custom handle price. This was my first order from Chef Knives to Go,and I found their reputation for fast order processing and shipping to be well-deserved. After using this cleaver for the last few days,I’m very satisfied with my purchase,and am considering getting another for a gift.
By: Gerardo J
Super light cleaver,extremely sharp out of the box. Im putting away my Mercer and saying hello to the CCK. Shipping and service the best. It just took 3 days from Madison,WI to Vieques,PR. Thank you guys,you already are in my favorites.
After getting used to using a veg. cleaver via a $6 Asian market find,I felt like upping the performance a bit and ordered this version of the CCK. The handle is just fantastic and the blade itself is ridiculously thin. I sanded off the finish and lacquer,forced a patina and popped a fresh edge on to "finish". I’m very impressed with both the value and performance of these re-handled CCK’s.
I have had one of the 1303 cleavers for about a year now and use it quite regularly. It holds an amazing edge and cuts like a dream. It is a real workhorse and makes short work of most tasks. I am in love with this knife!