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CCK Small Cleaver

Item #: KF1303

Average Customer Rating:
(5 out of 5 based on 53 reviews)

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This CCK Small cleaver was used and recommended in Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Magazine and sales have gone way up as a result. A small Chinese chefís knife is called a Sangdao and is a great cleaver at an even greater price. It is made from carbon steel with a tough kurouchi finish. It requires extra care to keep from rusting, so it is vital to keep it clean and dry between uses.

The CCK Small Cleaver is our best selling cleaver at CKTG. It is a wonderful introduction to the world of Chinese chef knives. The blade is quite thin for a knife of this type and has a very sharp edge. There is a very slight belly to the edge profile which reduces the chance of the end sticking into the cutting board.

Sangdao are the perfect knives to quickly and precisely chop, julienne, and slice meats and vegetables, but it will not cut any bones...so please donít try!

This is a great choice for those wanting their first cleaver or for chefs who are looking for a workhorse for vegetable prep.

  • Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Blade Length: 209.5 mm (8.25")
  • Overall Length: 315 mm (12.5")
  • Thickness at Heel: 2.9 mm
  • Blade Height: 88.5 mm (3.48")

  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    5  Cck small cleaver, August 20, 2020
    Posted By: James massei - verified customer

    I'm a professional chef in the industry for 30 yrs this cleaver is solid my new work horse my expensive chef knives are collecting dust!

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    5  Absolute Workhorse of a Knife, August 11, 2020
    Posted By: Johann Altenburg
    2 people found this review helpful

    I bought this knife 2 years ago and I don't think there's any comparable ratio of price to work hours you can get out of a knife except for maybe the $30 Victorinox workhorses. I still carry my whole kit but somehow can't put this one down for long. With a proper grip and some practice, it feels like an extension of the wrist and makes cutting almost effortless. The fit & finish definitely not fancy. Even using the word "finish" feels absurd, but it has no loose handle or blade warping over time. Out of the box, I've heard it's not that sharp. I wouldn't know because I bought it with the sharpening service on a whim and it was worth it if you don't have stones. I sharpen this knife every 3-6 months.

    Do not buy this knife if you don't want to take care of it; buy the stainless version and just sharpen it twice as much. Wipe it between uses every time or it will sustain damage, for real: This knife has the most reactive surface I've worked with and it will rust quickly if left wet. When you open it, use mineral oil on the handle. Hone it with a ceramic rod, keep it dry, and practice your pinch grip. You can remove the lacquer with nail polish remover or simply sharpen it and let it slowly wear off over time. If you abuse the knife by washing it in the dishwasher, cutting frozen foods, or using undue force, it will chip.

    I did and do not baby this knife at work because it's a utilitarian masterpiece. I used it for 40-70 hours per week for over a year. I've used it to break down chickens, trim & portion tenderloins, slice hard sourdough, split a rutabaga the size of a melon, and cut large blocks of hard cheese. It's chopped maybe 50 50lb bags of onions. I've used it as a bench scraper, jar opener, box cutter, flathead screwdriver, even a spatula once or twice in a pinch (please do not do this) and it can still mince herbs without bruising them. It might not look fancy, which I can definitely agree with, but you could probably throw this knife clean through the wall and still mince a shallot. The only way this knife could be more utilitarian is if you could use it to core tomatoes.


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    5  Great fun knife, July 12, 2020
    Posted By: Michael - verified customer

    Really good service, and a very popular knife. It is really fun to use, it has its place in my kitchen.

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    5  L, July 10, 2020
    Posted By: Paula Katz - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    We are so happy with this knife!

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    4  Chef knives, June 18, 2020
    Posted By: August Smith - verified customer

    All of the points that a very useful knife need are well executed. Long term care has gotten my attention. Butcher block oil ( food grade mineral oil) goes on the Handel as soon as possible. Cutting edge knife protectors are a must. I fortunately had one from a Japanese pull saw. Postal priority box will make a perfect sleeve holster to keep knife handy and protected. No plastic holster should be used. Keep knife dry with light food grade oil think cast iron skillet. I am 72 will not need another vegetable knife in my life time.

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    4  Chef knives, June 18, 2020
    Posted By: August Smith - verified customer

    All of the points that a very useful knife need are well executed. Long term care has gotten my attention. Butcher block oil ( food grade mineral oil) goes on the Handel as soon as possible. Cutting edge knife protectors are a must. I fortunately had one from a Japanese pull saw. Postal priority box will make a perfect sleeve holster to keep knife handy and protected. No plastic holster should be used. Keep knife dry with light food grade oil think cast iron skillet. I am 72 will not need another vegetable knife in my life time.

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    5  My'Go To' knife for vegetables, June 15, 2020
    Posted By: Dan Carriger
    1 people found this review helpful

    It's like a food processor in the kitchen. I rarely take out a mandolin. Holds a sharp edge really well. The thinness and flatness of the blade passes easily through root vegetables and winter squash.

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    5  terrific product, June 14, 2020
    Posted By: Mark Sullivan - verified customer

    Purchased on recommendation from Serious Eats and Milk Street. Size and weight are perfect for me.

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    5  Excellent mid-weight Chinese Cleaver, June 10, 2020
    Posted By: Ron - verified customer

    The cleaver is exactly as described, takes a wicked edge and is capable of meeting the needs of chef's far better than myself. You can't go wrong!

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    5  CCK Small Cleaver, June 3, 2020
    Posted By: Barbara Males - verified customer

    Great knife with multiple uses. Easy to sharpen and comfortable to use. Very happy

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    5  CCK Small Clever is perfect, May 26, 2020
    Posted By: Christian Pappas - verified customer

    Bought this on a recommendation from a friend for a thin, but sturdy vegetable knife. I've been able to process my vegetables quickly and precisely, like I wanted. The thin blade is ideal. It is bigger than I anticipated, so for smaller vegetables I have to lean over my hands to see what I'm cutting. I would highly recommend to anyone.

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    5  CCK Small Cleaver , May 17, 2020
    Posted By: Barry Reece - verified customer

    Do yourself a favor and purchase this knife. It's my new daily driver

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    5  Great cleaver!, April 28, 2020
    Posted By: Will Sterling - verified customer

    We love it

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    5  Great Product, March 23, 2020
    Posted By: Brian Miz - verified customer

    This Cleaver is the perfect size for all your cutting needs. Extremely sharp, cuts are precise and require less effort. I wish I bought one sooner!

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    4  nice, February 17, 2020
    Posted By: paul - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    The product is nice im glad I purchased it. Nice balance. However its quality is below what i would expect for the cost. When washing water gets trapped at the handle and blade connection. It will be a failure point if not dried out properly.

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    4  nice, February 5, 2020
    Posted By: Paul
    1 people found this review helpful

    Great knive,..cost is too high. When cleaning, water gets trapped where the tang meets the handle.

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    5  CCK Small Cleaver, February 2, 2020
    Posted By: Daniel Polen - verified customer

    Very please with my purchase

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    5  Excellent Purchase! , January 1, 2020
    Posted By: Paul Henderson - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    Slight learning curve from Western blades. Daily driver now.

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    4  Great Knife at a Slightly High Price, December 26, 2019
    Posted By: Kyle - verified customer
    3 people found this review helpful

    It does get as razor sharp as others say, and makes quick work of any prep. The balance is pretty spot on. Glad I bought it, but I do feel itís slightly too expensive. Thatís directed mainly at the handle, not the blade. But that may just from having lived in China for many years and seeing similar for substantially less, though I doubt the quality is at this level.

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    5  Great for the price, December 13, 2019
    Posted By: James

    Needed some touching up OOTB, as it needed a lot of sawing action for penetrating tomato skin (but onions were like butter), but once touched up, a great knife, especially for the money. My first cleaver style, love the height, but still light weight and love also how thin it is. Can't go wrong for the money, especially if you sharpen your own knives, since some touch up may be necessary out of the box.

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    5  This is the knife to get!, December 10, 2019
    Posted By: James - verified customer

    This is the cleaver Fuchsia Dunlop recommends. Big fan of hers, been cooking from her books for years. Finally worked up the nerve to buy a cleaver. Not scary, easy to use, lovely to cut things with. You will enjoy using this knife!

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    5  I'm buying this knife , December 7, 2019
    Posted By: Chef Tom

    I have purchased the CCK large cleaver, the Lil' Rhino, and the butcher knife and their products are awesome. I like vegetable cleavers and I am going to give this one a try. Good product so I am expecting great knives. I also have no problem putting my own edge on it since I do all my own sharpening and stropping anyway.

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    5  Love the clever!, November 29, 2019
    Posted By: Dawn Savage - verified customer

    This was a gift for my son. He is so happy with it!

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    5  A Great Knife in and Above its Class, November 15, 2019
    Posted By: Tanner - verified customer

    I wanted to get one knife that I can use everyday for most every cutting task, and this knife certainly fills that role. I've used cheaper Chinese cleavers before and I became a big fan of this style of knife (versus European chef's knives or Japanese gyuto) so that's how I landed on this knife. I'm glad to say the CCK cleaver is definitely worth the price - it's surprisingly light and comfortable to use even for someone with big hands. For under $100, you can get into high-quality, long-lasting knife territory, which makes this a winner for me.

    As others have mentioned, it comes with a coat of (cosmetic) lacquer covering the whole blade - after a few weeks of use this has started to chip away at the cutting edge and on the rougher part toward the spine. Since this is made of high-carbon steel (not stainless) you should take care to wash and dry it promptly after use. I don't mind doing this (and I like the look of this metal a lot), but if you like low-maintenance, consider going for the stainless model. So long as you look after it, you shouldn't have problems with serious rust. Out of the box, it was plenty sharp for my needs.


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    5  Best Knife Ever!, October 29, 2019
    Posted By: Stephanie Hausherr - verified customer

    I LOVE this knife, it's the only one I will use now! It is very well made and it makes cutting/slicing/dicing an absolute breeze! If you are on the fence, just jump off and get it already!

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    5  CCK Small Cleaver, October 22, 2019
    Posted By: Bryan Koslosky - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    The two people I bought them for love them also GREAT Cleaver

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    5  I love it, October 16, 2019
    Posted By: John Broderick - verified customer

    Tried all sorts of Chinese cleavers. This blew them all away

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    4  CCK 1303, October 13, 2019
    Posted By: Michael - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    This knife is perfect for usability - 100%. I would rate it five stars, but at the current price (over $80 USD), the fit and finish is lacking compared to other knives in it's class. That being said, if mine broke or was stolen, I would grudgingly buy another.

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    5  Nice cleaver, August 3, 2019
    Posted By: Roscoe - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    Great knife, I now use it for all of my veggie chopping, just make sure you don't hack up some limes and let it sit out for to long

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    5  Excellent! , July 15, 2019
    Posted By: Vira - verified customer

    I have always loved my 6" Santoku knife, and I still do, but my partner wanted to try a chinese-style cleaver, because he has some hand-control issues that the cleaver can help resolve. I have to say, I really have fallen in love with this knife! And for the price, I can definitely say I'd recommend others give it a try.

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    5  You Won't Be Sorry, June 22, 2019
    Posted By: Chef Tell - verified customer

    Still getting used to this cleaver, but I'm digging it & it's a great value.

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    5  Great knife, great servive., May 25, 2019
    Posted By: Eric Rose - verified customer

    The cleaver was exactly as described in the video! Shipping couldnít have been faster!

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    5  The downside......, May 19, 2019
    Posted By: C L
    2 people found this review helpful

    Whatís the downside? It put all my other big knives back into the knife drawer. Iím about two years into the 1303 cleaver and it changed everything. I have a Japanese knife that will probably never see the light of day ever again. This thing is super slicey. Sharpening it is ridiculously easy. I simply run it on my Spyderco Sharpmaker; arguably not the perfect tool for sharpening, but just using the course ceramics I get the toothiest laser edge ever. I can top a heavy tomato by sitting it on the board and sawing across it. No hands holding the fruit!

    Buy this. Be prepared for the ramifications of making your other knives obsolete.


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    5  Amazing Knife, May 17, 2019
    Posted By: Eddie - verified customer

    Was really surprised how quickly this replaced my chefs knife. Edge sharpens to a razor edge and holds it better than anything else Iíve worked with.

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    5  Amazing Knife, May 17, 2019
    Posted By: Eddie - verified customer

    Was really surprised how quickly this replaced my chefs knife. Edge sharpens to a razor edge and holds it better than anything else Iíve worked with.

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    3  Nice cleaver but....., March 9, 2019
    Posted By: Chuck - verified customer
    2 people found this review helpful

    The quality and price are good but it could have been a lot sharper from the factory. I had to spend another $20.00 to make it the great knife it is now.

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    5  It's like a food processor for the kitchen, March 6, 2019
    Posted By: Dan Carriger
    1 people found this review helpful

    With the long blade you can section long vegetables, then stack them and slice all of them together at once. Very sharp blade requires very little pressure to easily slice.

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    5  Great Cleever, February 23, 2019
    Posted By: Gary Baulch - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    When I received the cleever I sharpened it before Iíve used it. It is a great cleever! We do a lot of vegetables and it is quick and effective! However I tried cutting a loaf of bread to see how it works and it even sliced bread easily! We have had a Chinese cleever that was my Moms that is very old and it has always worked great but my wife and I were always steeling it from each other during big meals! We have an expensive GERMAN cleever that looks better,but it doesnít hold an edge.

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    5  Beautiful cleaver, February 4, 2019
    Posted By: greyhorse - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    This is an amazing cleaver - very sharp and responsive. I am still a bit intimidated by it, but I can tell that it will become my go-to knife pretty soon.

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    5  Excellent slicer, paper thin, January 16, 2019
    Posted By: Ben Greenberg - verified customer
    2 people found this review helpful

    Amazing slicer and chopping cleaver

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    5  Happy with our new kitchen companion...., January 8, 2019
    Posted By: Dante Birch - verified customer
    3 people found this review helpful

    Very happy, this is a reasonably priced knife. Although the smallest knifek in its family, it's a very nimble and able kitchen companion. This is my second CCK cleaver, the other being more robust for breaking down chicken / turkey carcases and the heavier stuffs. Although I appreciate the concept of only needing one cleaver, it is nice to have options, as this is particularly suited to veg and smaller non boned items. I prefer the CCK attention to form following function as well as the edge retention. They have worked better for me than some other brands.

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    5  A fun blade, December 20, 2018
    Posted By: Chuck - verified customer
    6 people found this review helpful

    Some things are as good as people say they are. The CCK 1303 is as good as internet reviews indicate.

    I have multiple cleavers, but the CCK 1303 is the best of the lot. The blade is very, very thin and it takes a very sharp edge. There is no wedging and it just glides right through veggies.

    The fit and finish are no better than a Shibazi and in some ways worse. That said, the grind is much better on the CCK. Edge retention is very good.

    Is it worth $80? Yep, every penny. Is the grind that much better than cheaper Chinese cleavers? Oh, yes it is!

    This knife is just an absolute joy to use. Like all cleaver-types this knife allows the user to scoop up food to put in the pot. You can smash garlic to peel and cut it. You can smash ginger. You can treat this blade like a tool rather than an object of worship.

    The blade is definitely reactive when new, but quickly forms a protective patina that keeps discoloration or off-flavors to a minimum.

    I would buy another today if I lost it or damaged it by dropping it.


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    5  Service, December 14, 2018
    Posted By: Debra Getz - verified customer
    2 people found this review helpful

    This knife is a gift and that I canít read how well it works. The customer service for the company however is excellent.

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    5  Great value, November 6, 2018
    Posted By: Paul - verified customer
    2 people found this review helpful

    I love this cleaver for general purpose prep, especially any chopping or dealing with large items like squashes. I like that I don't have to worry about it as much as my more expensive knives (gyutos) and it serves as a nice complement to a gyuto. My friend also liked it so much I gave her mine and ordered another for myself. Definitely worth a try if you want to try out a cleaver at a decent price.

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    5  CCK 1303 Small (Carbon) Cleaver, October 16, 2018
    Posted By: Desi
    4 people found this review helpful

    This small cleaver has become a staple of my knife inventory. It has held up to punishment of regular use without shirking, and holds its edge. Its substantial height allows for continuous use without having to clear the blade. Although in some ways it is similar to a Nakiri, it excels when prepping large bunches of leafy vegetables or large onions or when a substantial amount of chopping is required. The handle isnít fancy, but is functional, although it takes a few moments to become accustomed to such a short grip point. The slight arc to the blade does indeed keep the heel from gouging the cutting board from a poorly executed chop. I recommend purchasing a matching saya at the same time, as knife guards are simply not tall enough to adequately protect the blade. If a carbon blade isnít to your liking, check out the stainless variant in this same style.

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    5  Review title, August 27, 2018
    Posted By: Helen R Bowen - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    I use no other knives since receiving this one!

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    5  Prompt service, August 25, 2018
    Posted By: JLedebuhr - verified customer
    2 people found this review helpful

    These knives are Christmas gifts so I can only say they came quickly and look great. As for the sharpness/ease of use of the knives, can't say until after Christmas.

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    5  More Oriental Tools, August 9, 2018
    Posted By: Gerry Bosko - verified customer
    2 people found this review helpful

    Upon seeing a demonstration on Milk Street, I knew i had seen the beauty of design and operation of this tool. I am a long time admirer of Oriental woodworking, and this is just another example of the thoughtful design for its application. Sorry it took so long to come to my attention, my children will know.

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    5  Speeds up kitchen work , August 1, 2018
    Posted By: Dan Carriger
    2 people found this review helpful

    It's light and easy to handle, which improves speed and control. It's length enables you to make a few preliminary cuts like cutting stalks into thirds, then stacking them to cut everything at once. It's like a food processor fast! Holds edge well and is easy and quick to sharpen. It is my go-to knife for all vegetables.

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    5  Great Cleaver!, July 10, 2018
    Posted By: Sue - verified customer
    3 people found this review helpful

    Excellent product. Delivery as promised. I highly recommend this cleaver. Note: It's everything Chis Kimball says it is!

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    5  Vegetable cleaver, April 17, 2018
    Posted By: Arthur - verified customer
    3 people found this review helpful

    Would like a non-wood handle. Other than that awesome cleaver.

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    4  Just What I Was Looking For..., April 15, 2018
    Posted By: TC - verified customer
    3 people found this review helpful

    Very sharp and more maneuverable than I expected. I've only had it a short time, so I can't speak to durability. For anyone looking for the knife that Fuschia Dunlap uses (author of Every Grain of Rice) or as featured on Milk Street, this is that knife.

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    5  CCK Small Cleaver, April 9, 2018
    Posted By: Andrew German - verified customer
    2 people found this review helpful

    A gift for my daughter, who is very pleased with it

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