Recommend a cleaver (cutlery)

amnesiac

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Go to Chinatown.
They have cleavers they use to slice chickens in half.
If you find one of the blades made in Japan those last a bit longer.

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FWIW, the two Chinese cookbooks I have (Yan Can Cook and one other one by some famous author) both recommend getting cleavers and woks from Chinatown.
 

JC

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I hear Cutco is the bomb. Guy at work used to sell them.
 

amnesiac

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Originally posted by: JC
I hear Cutco is the bomb. Guy at work used to sell them.

Cutco are excellent knives for people who don't know that they're paying way too much and that don't know how to maintain their cutlery.

In essence, they are quality blades but WAY overpriced for what you get, and have a special micro-serrated edge that can't be sharpened normally. They won't last as long as a set of fine knives such as Wusthof, but if you toss your knives in your drawers right next to the stack of hundred dollar bills you use to light your cigarettes, then sure, Cutco is the way to go.
 

amnesiac

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Originally posted by: SammySon
These are top of the line.
I love them.

Henckels are great knives. Stay away from the J.A. Henckels International though. They aren't made nearly as well as the original high end ones. The "international" ones are what you usually find on Amazon and in Costco.
 

Hayabusa Rider

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A cleaver is a special purpose knife that does not need to cost much. If you can find a carbon steel one, that will work. Discoloration is irrelevent. Don't get cheap stainless though. Extremely hard to sharpen.
 

Henckels are great knives. Stay away from the J.A. Henckels International though. They aren't made nearly as well as the original high end ones. The "international" ones are what you usually find on Amazon and in Costco.
Exactly.

ONLY buy 4 or 5 stars. Here is a direct link.
 

JC

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Originally posted by: amnesiac
Originally posted by: JC
I hear Cutco is the bomb. Guy at work used to sell them.

Cutco are excellent knives for people who don't know that they're paying way too much and that don't know how to maintain their cutlery.

In essence, they are quality blades but WAY overpriced for what you get, and have a special micro-serrated edge that can't be sharpened normally. They won't last as long as a set of fine knives such as Wusthof, but if you toss your knives in your drawers right next to the stack of hundred dollar bills you use to light your cigarettes, then sure, Cutco is the way to go.


So they're like the Bose of knives? :p
 

Mister T

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Looks like the Henckle 5-star is the best.
Any idea where I can buy it locally over the next 2-3 days?
I have access to NYC and Boston locales
 

Eli

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Originally posted by: amnesiac
Originally posted by: SammySon
These are top of the line.
I love them.

Henckels are great knives. Stay away from the J.A. Henckels International though. They aren't made nearly as well as the original high end ones. The "international" ones are what you usually find on Amazon and in Costco.
You know too much about knives. :Q

:D
 

amnesiac

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Originally posted by: Mister T
Looks like the Henckle 5-star is the best.
Any idea where I can buy it locally over the next 2-3 days?
I have access to NYC and Boston locales

Trust me, for a cleaver you want something that can hack through bone, frozen meat, etc. easily. Get one for a lot less at Chinatown.