+Daovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mm
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Daovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mm
Daovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mm Daovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mmDaovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mmDaovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mm
Daovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mm Daovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mmDaovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mmDaovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mm

Daovua Leaf Spring Kiri Cleaver 180mm

Item #: Daovua-KiriCleaver

Average Customer Rating:
(4.5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews)

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Our Price: $70.00
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How can you not want this knife? Just one look at the blade. One listen to the story behind it. Any knife loving collector will find it hard to resist!

For over a year we have been buying knives from a company in Vietnam that we discovered by pure chance. We started off with a very simple and very rough santoku. But during that time we have seen a huge improvement in the knives they send as and an ever increasing diversity to those knives in terms of styles and profiles.

Enter the Kiri Cleaver! As the name suggests, this unique blade is basically a kiritsuke-tipped cleaver. It has a fairly substantial curve to the edge, making it a rockerís dream. But the tanto tip makes it a better choice for more delicate slicing and food prep. Also, the reverse angle tip means there is a lower spine-to-edge ratio. Less spine, less weight. In this case we think it represents almost a 2oz saving over a regular cleaver of similar dimensions! (Please note that all measurements are approximates.)

The blades themselves are fashioned from old leaf springs. These auto cast offs are actually a great source of knife steel, usually being made from 5160 steel. A well finished and good looking octagonal handle finishes off this unusual but very practical cutting tool.

  • Blacksmith: Daovua
  • Location: Vietnam
  • Construction: Mono Steel Hammer Forged
  • Steel Type: Leaf Spring Steel (Recycled Carbon Steel)
  • Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Blade Length: 182 mm
  • Total Length: 330 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 2.8 mm
  • Blade Height: 87.0 mm
  • Handle: Octagonal (they vary from knife to knife)
  • Customer Reviews

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    5  Fantastic for veggies!!!, October 6, 2019
    Posted By: Igg

    I have a few Dao Vua knives and found the size/shape of this interesting. I wasn't sure what it would be like in use, but after sharpening it and using for a bit now, it is my favorite knife to use! I haven't used it to cut proteins at all, but for prepping veggies it works remarkably well! The height/weight were a little odd at first but that went away quickly. Another great knife from Dao Vua!

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    3  Cleaver, September 30, 2019
    Posted By: mjj - verified customer

    Not too sure about this one yet. These blades are really good, sharp right out of the box, pretty reactive. The shape of this one is offputting for me. The handle is pretty light, so it is a bit awkward to use. Maybe in time I will become accustomed to it, but right now of the four knives I bought from this line, it has been the least used.

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    5  Amazing Value, August 13, 2019
    Posted By: Brian - verified customer

    This is a fantastic knife for the price. It's a great, unique shape that is nearly worth the cost as a display piece. I was initially concerned about the fit and finish, but it exceeded my expectations. The blade also seems to be quite reactive, so it'll develop a nice patina over time to match the kurouchi finish. The handle is far nicer than I expected too.

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    4  STEAL for the price, August 2, 2019
    Posted By: Julien Cohen - verified customer

    Look, this is not a Japanese master bladesmith putting out artifact level perfection. It's a hell of a $70 knife.

    I was looking for an extremely tall santoku-like blade to mirror one I saw Brad Leone using on It's Alive with Brad, and didn't want to spend a few hundred for the recent Fell Knives Big Boy collaboration.

    Comes extremely sharp out of the box. Fit and finish is great for the price, not bad overall. Handle is boxy but fits well in my hand. I recommend scrubbing the forge scale (black part of the blade) with some barkeeper's friend or similar product to remove some of the grime from the forge. Blade itself is nicely thinned out, and handles well for delicate slicing and mincing. Excited to see Daovua's products as they get even better.


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    5  Keeps getting better, July 12, 2019
    Posted By: Timothy C.

    This is probably the 40th daovua knife i have purchased. They keep getting better. I had one of the first bunka they made about a year ago and I am in contact with the owner in vietnam. I told him as i say on here, TOTALLY worth the money. the blades are now very nice and thin as you can see in the picture and the handles have become immensely better, very smooth and glued up very well. The edge is refined and alot smoother. Its still rustic as far as knives go but as the title says, they just keep getting better.

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    5  I like the look of this knife. , July 1, 2019
    Posted By: Tom D Dickinson

    I own three Daovua knives and I really like the look of this. I just purchased the tall Nakiri and a Kiritsuke but this knife is drawing me in. I like the look and the practicality of it and it could be either called a Kiri Cleaver or a Tall Bunka. Very nice blade. May purchase soon.

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    4  Interesting knife, June 29, 2019
    Posted By: Bob Z

    I got this cause it looked interesting and might be fun to try as a tall nakiri. This is more of a cleaver with a belly and a bit too tall for me but it will prolly be a great herb chopper. My version only weighed 73/8 oz and the rest of the specs are about the same as listed.
    This is my second Daovua and I have to say, the fit and finish is vastly superior compared to the first batch last year. And they did an awesome job on the handle as well. Mine came pretty sharp and with a few minutes of stropping was perfect.


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