Introducing the Fanatic thin cleaver! This is actually kind of a cross between our original Fanatic cleaver (nice and thin) with our Artifex handle made with super sturdy and durable G-10 composite with classic 2 rivet design handle. The steel used on this cleaver will be AEB-L which is an excellent stainless steel that will provide a hair popping edge. Please note we grind a tiny bit of the back corner (heel) of the knife so it doesn't stick into the board when chopping. It's not chipped, it's done on purpose.
I first bought the standard Fanatic cleaver,but then a week later the Fanatic Thin cleaver came out. The idea of a thinner,lighter cleaver appealed to me,and Mark very generously allowed me to trade in my unused Fanatic for a Fanatic Thin. The thin version has a significant distal taper,as the thickness specs imply. It’s a little lighter than the standard Fanatic,which is nice. The micarta handle is perfectly functional,though IMHO a pinch grip makes handle ergonomics a secondary consideration. The edge was sharp out of the box,but I touched it up and then stropped it with 0.5-micron chromium oxide. The AEB-L sharpens up like a dream,but you probably already knew that. The blade has minimal belly,which works well for me in a cleaver. I’m pleased with the knife; as always,CKTG’s service is top notch.