The tall blade of the Chinese Cleaver allows it to be safely guided with the knuckles of your free hand when 'tap chopping’, ‘push cutting’, or ‘pull cutting’. Therefore, large fruit and vegetables, such as cabbages, can be cut easily and safely. Just as with the Japanese Nakiri, the heel corner of the Cleaver can be used to remove blemishes from fruit and vegetables. If you love cooking Chinese food, you owe it to yourself to try a Chinese Cleaver!
Chinese Cleavers are generally available in blade lengths between 180 and 220 mm, with a typical blade height of around 100mm. Their weight varies from a relatively light 300g up to a massive 900g! Their large, heavy blades are suitable for breaking down chickens, mincing meat and vegetables, and even scraping ingredients.