Satoshi Nakagawa Ginsan Chinese Cleaver

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A weighty and classy all rounder made by Nakagawa-san for Hatsukokoro, despite the name this is not a bone crushing cleaver but a general use chef knife ideal for a wide range of jobs thanks to its flat profile and excellent thin cutting edge.

🔶 Each cleaver in this range has a unique handle so the photos shown above are of the knife available for purchase.

First Impressions

Made for Hatsukokoro, Nakagawa-san's cleaver has an excellent edge and finish very much in line with his other Silver 3/Ginsan knives and for those of you who are seeking a versatile and weighty knife that is very thin behind the edge look no further.


A subtle hairline migaki finish running horizontally along the blade and each knife in the range being paired with a unique handle in varying colours look fantastic. These knives are engraved with Nakagawa-san's kanji on one side and Hatsukokoro's on the other. 

In Hand

Definitely plenty of weight to push through ingredients and a subtle taper the blade and handle finish are smooth and rounded off along the spine for comfort and despite weighing more than 400g this is a knife that's comfortable in hand and the classic short handle balances it out nicely.


The Silver 3 core is comparable to many carbon steels for sharpness and edge retention and will keep an impressive edge sharpness.

Ease of Care

It's important to note that despite the cleaver name, this is not a knife for use on or around bone, it's a thin and tall all-rounder so think more in those terms when using. 

Care wise, Silver 3/Ginsan clad with stainless is an easy to look after steel pairing and if you follow our normal care instructions you'll be fine. 

Our Verdict

Super craftmanship from Nakagawa-san and overall an impressively versatile selection of Chinese cleavers with limited availability and a choice of striking handles we love them!

Product details

  • Blade Length: 174mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 275mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 76mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.58mm (Spine width above the heel) 2.92mm (Measured halfway along spine) 2.32mm (Measured 15mm from tip)
  • Total Weight: 422 grams
  • Core Steel: Silver 3
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 61-62 (HRC)
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: SAT-0019-##

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

There is no guard for this knife to cover the entire blade but you can use a santoku size blade guard to protect the edge. 

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Meet the maker

Satoshi Nakagawa for Hatsukokoro

Satoshi-san is a highly skilled blacksmith who trained and worked under master Kenichi Shiraki until his retirement at which point he took up the reins closing Shiraki knives and starting a new chapter.

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

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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