Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star II Meat Cleaver
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Professional chefs know that the proper weight and balance of a knife are just as vital as a strong, sharp edge. Crafted in Germany, the Four Star II collection delivers on all counts with a superior hand feel and high-carbon steel blades forged for optimal sharpness. The stout, weighty blade of this cleaver cuts through bones and firm joints with ease and is equally adept at chopping and mincing firm vegetables.
- Precision forged using Zwilling’s Sigmaforge process, which incorporates the Fridour ice-hardening technique to produce corrosion-resistant blades that are exceptionally hard yet flexible.
- Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade’s edge is at the ideal cutting angle for maximum sharpness.
- Stainless-steel end cap provides excellent balance while cutting.
- Permanently bonded polypropylene handle has just enough texture for a secure, comfortable grip.
- Bolster transitions seamlessly to handle to accommodate a wide variety of specialized cutting grips.
- 6"-long blade.
- Made in Germany by Zwilling J.A. Henckels, founded in 1731.
- Use & Care
- Always use caution when handling sharp objects.
- Avoid cutting on hard surfaces such as stone, metal or glass.
- It is not advisable to use any knife but a meat cleaver to cut through bone, as other blades can be easily damaged.
- Hand-wash with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse and dry immediately.
- Maintain the knife's cutting edge by regularly using a honing steel.
- Sharpen as needed. With regular use and honing, you should not need to sharpen your knife more than once or twice a year.
- Sharpen knife at home using a whetstone or knife sharpener, or have it sharpened by a professional.
- Store knife in a safe place to protect its edge and prevent injury.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by GenghisFlan from Great for a small cleaver. This is a great cleaver, but sightly limited as it is somewhat lighter than cleavers with an inch or two more on the blade. As a result, it doesn't juggernaut through bones. That being said, it is also surprisingly heavy for its size. This is perfect for breaking down suckling pigs, lambs, and small-ish game. I've found using just the tip (where you take advantage of leverage the most) aids in clean cutting through racks of ribs and such. The handle has a great feel, and doesn't have any notches or rivets where meat gunk could get trapped. Holds a great edge as well, I find it easiest to have it professionally sharpened on a wheel from time to time. Also a tip: don't use cleavers on anything else but a butcher's block. The grains of wood intentionally are oriented vertically as to slightly split upon upon impact to regain its shape afterwards. This helps to absorb the shock and to make it a quiet(er) job. Enjoy!Date published: 2012-08-29