SK5 Cleaver 180mm

Regular price £85.00 Sale price £65.00

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A versatile cleaver that's easy to handle and capable of a lot of chopping power!

First Impressions

It's fair to say this one is "rustic" in its fit although the blade is well made and offers the heft and sharpness you would want in a cleaver.

In Hand

The handle fit on this batch isn't great. It's definitely a cleaver for someone who just cares about the chopping power.


The SK5 is well ground and there's no real worry that it's not going to smash through harder prep jobs and bone while being nicely ground for finer jobs should you want. 

It should keep a good edge without compromising on the durability you need in a cleaver.

Ease of Care

Just follow our normal care and carbon steel care tips and you'll be good. 

We recommend an occasional dab of camellia oil to help protect the blade over time.

Our Verdict

This one is a tale of two parts.

The blade is great, a solid, well ground and impressively sharp SK5 steel that performs well and will hold an edge nicely paired with a Western shaped wooden handle. 

The handle fit however isn't perfect. This batch has some alignment issues and the handle set is off in varying places so while we'd love to sell these cleavers at the normal price, because of the fit of the handle you can grab one at a discount which we feel is a fair level for the finish.

Overall, good blade, less than perfect handle fit on this batch but still good value if you want a sturdy and sharp cleaver in your kitchen arsenal!

Product details

  • Blade Length: 180mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 320mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 4.1mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 101mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 700 grams
  • Core Steel: SK5
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and therefore has some special care instructions and properties.

    Read the carbon steel care guide
  • Cladding Steel: SK5
  • Handle Style: Western
  • Left or Right handed: Either

Product SKU: 10505

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

Protection & care for this knife

A photo of various protective guards for Japanese chef knives

For storage you can use a santoku sized blade guard to protect the cutting edge of the knife although obviously this will not cover the full height of the blade.

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Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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