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Dexter-Russell (S5198) - 8" Traditional Chinese Chef's Knife


Ship Weight .6 lbs.
Blade Length 8"
Blade Tip Flat
Edge Type Straight Edge
Handle Length 3"
Handle Material Rosewood
Knife Style Chinese Chef's Knife
Metal Type Stain-Free High Carbon Steel
Steel Shaping Method Stamped

Product Details

Even though you’re a worldly chef, your experience with cleavers begins and ends in cartoons. You don’t even know why you would ever need a cleaver; you’re not a stereotypically Italian or French chef chasing mischievous rats around your kitchen trying to cut off their tails. Hilarious, until the chef accidently clobbers himself with his own frying pan or somehow sits on a bunch of mouse traps. What an idiot. He should have never gone for the cleaver.

Let us educate you beyond the cartoon. Start with the first and last cleaver you’ll ever need in your kitchen, the 8" Traditional Chinese Chef's Knife (S5198) from Dexter-Russell. This high-carbon steel knife is especially versatile for (real-life, not animated) chefs who need to tenderize meat or smash garlic and ginger.

Customer Reviews

8" Traditional Chinese Chef's Knife is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a replacement for one we got from Japan in 1975 that recently broke. This knife is a little heavier than that one, but it's not so heavy that it impedes usage. The blade material is superior to that one - it's a different grade which is much more rust resistant. Also, Dexter-Russell has a reputation for good quality and the actual product bears that out.
Date published: 2010-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best kitchen tool I have. Loved it from day one. It is easy to use.
Date published: 2011-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very sharp blade, I like it very much. Will see if the blade stays sharp for a long period.
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was a gift for my son who likes the feel, size and sharpness. He lives in Austrailia where the Asian population is over 30%. They ask him where he got it. Go figure.
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product and fast shipping! Good: Easy to maintain. Light weight. Good Balance. One knife for all kinds of work. Great quality. Bad: The handle design is really old and uncomfortable. It needs to be redesign. Hope it will be dishwasher safe in the future.
Date published: 2011-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super sharp edge I've had this knife for a while and it still performs like when I first received it. I use it all the time and haven't had to sharpen it yet. I wash and wipe the blade dry after each use to maintain the shiny finish.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Price! I bought this knife as a birthday present for my brother and had it shipped directly to him. I was very happy with the fast shipping and the price.
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quality excellent product and satisfaction customer service
Date published: 2014-08-16
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Customer Questions

What is the difference between the Dexter-Russell Chinese Cleavers Traditional model #S5198 and the 5178?  Is it only the type of wood handle?  Is one better than the other?

Asked by: Lesliea
The Dexter-Russell (5178) - 8" Chinese Chef's Knife - Traditional™ Series has a beechwood handle and the blade is high carbon steel. The Dexter-Russell (S5198) - 8" Chinese Chef's Knife - Traditional™ Series has a walnut handle and stain-free high carbon steel blade, making it a little higher in quality.
Answered by: LauraB
Date published: 2013-11-12
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