Just watching the video below should be enough to get you intrigued about this knife and its maker. We originally purchased a handful of knives from him to give our forum members a chance to try them. Well, the response was overwhelmingly positive…in the main! So we are having him make more for us using our members’ input to improve the product.
The knives do not possess the highest level of fit and finish. They are not made from exotic materials. And they are as much a curio as a desirable kitchen knife. But what they do possess is a character and an ability to cut that is as good as many knives we sell.
The blades themselves are fashioned from old pipelines from the oil and gas industry. These cast offs are actually a great source of knife steel, The edge profile is nice with somebelly and thin blade edge. With a height of 95mm and an edge length of about 200mm, it resembles a classic Chinese cleaver
Putting aside the less-than-perfect finish, one thing everyone agrees on is their cutting ability. These blades are sharp and take an incredible edge. For someone looking for a unique version of a cleaver, a fun project knife, or a sharpening practice knife, the Daovua is a perfect and high value choice. Please remember these are made under crude conditions with used steel so you should expect that they're rough and have imperfections that exceed most of our other knives. Expect dents, scratches odd sizes, different handles etc. If you're into great fit and finish or are overly particular run away! If you want to try a cool piece of living history and you're not uptight about a crude but cool cutting tool than you'll love it.
Steel: Recycled Pipeline Steel
Weight: 13.3 oz / 378g
Blade Length: 217 mm
Overall Length: 375 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.1 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 109.0 mm
Handle: (Wood type varies from knife to knife)