- Joined May 26, 2015
I'm thinking about getting a thin, stainless or semi-stainless Chinese-style cleaver to play around with, and the recent specials at JCK got me curious about cleavers that represent a lot of value. For carbon cleavers, CCK clearly represented that value, and probably still does even as its price keeps rising. I know very little about stainless options. I'd ideally like a larger cleaver like the CCK 1103. I was recently at the Wok Shop in San Francisco, and I didn't see any large cleavers. Of the smaller blade size, they had no stainless cleavers with a thin enough grind. They did have a $10 carbon with a thin grind, which I bought, but the F&F is terrible and the alloy makes my Misono Sweden seem stainless. It was also clad in some kind of sketchy faux kuro-uchi paint that partly came off when I washed it but has so far scared me away from actually tasting food that I've cut with the knife. Note that my seeking stainless has nothing to do with that but rather because I want to use it as a bench scraper without having to think about it. Anyway, I've seen various brands at JCK, JKI, and CKTG, but I haven't seen a whole lot on the cheaper end, and I was wondering what's out there.