The Takeda Classic Cleaver is a wonderful tool for vegetable processing in all forms. Chinese cleavers excel at mincing and also doing batonnet and julienne cuts. This is the large version of the highly rated knife made by master blacksmith Shosui Takeda.
We have a great respect for this knife maker and his thin, sharp, and well balanced blades. Constructed from his favorite alloy, Aogami Super
Blue, the blade is given extra strength and protection with the addition of a san-mai layer of softer carbon steel. The outer cladding is finished kurouchi style.
The Takeda Chukabocho weighs in at a substantial 13.4 ounces with a 108mm blade height and approximately 366mm edge length. In typical Takeda fashion, this knife is ground on both sides with a 10 degree edge which is still very strong for such a thin and razor sharp blade. The octagonal shaped, stained maple wood handle is easy to hold, however some buyers have elected to replace this with a heavier wood in order to balance the blade heavy knife towards the back a bit.
This knife belongs in a big kitchen tackling big tasks. Any lover of fine cutlery would do well to consider this, or its smaller sibling, as a fast and fun everyday vegetable cutter. One of our favorite chukabochos on the CKTG site.
Blacksmith: Takeda san
Location: Niimi Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Edge Steel: Aogami Super Steel
Edge Grind: Even /
Handle: Stainled Maple Octagonal
Ferrule: Black Pakka Wood
Weight: 12.0 ounces
Blade Length: 245 mm
Overall Length: 366 mm (14.5")
Spine Thickness at Heel: 4.0 mm
Blade Height: 105 mm (4.25")
Please note that all measurements are approximations! Takeda-san and his helpers make each of these knives by hand, without a template. As a result, every knife is unique and the stats will vary.