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Dengjia Dual Purpose Cleaver Review JB-752 – 7cr17

The Dengjia Dual Purpose Cleaver comes in a nice box with enough protection to protect the knife’s edge. It has a full-tang handle and a different surface finish for better food release.  

Edge plastic guards are also included besides the padding
Edge plastic guards are also included besides the padding

Edge durability & sharpened angle

The knife is sharpened at a 25-degree angle per side. The core material is durable, so you don’t have to worry about chipping.  

25 degrees is quite steep but this is a dual-purpose cleaver aimed for durability
25 degrees is quite steep but this is a dual-purpose cleaver aimed for durability

Dual Purpose

The higher angle gives the knife enough durability to go through smaller bones like a duck, chicken, or fish spine. While the 2/3th front part will do fine to go through the fish pin bones, the heel is used to go through small bones not larger than a duck or chicken bone. 

The fron 2/3th part is used for slicing, the 1/3th heel area is to chop through small bones not larger than a chicken bone
The fron 2/3th part is used for slicing, the 1/3th heel area is to chop through small bones not larger than a chicken bone

Edge Retention

Dengjia has no Rockwell hardness rating on the sales page, but the Rockwell hardness is 57 on my review sample during my testing. Combined with the knife 25 degrees sharpened angle and a Rockwell of 57, the knife-edge can last around two to three months with regular honing sessions before needing whetstone maintenance.

While it is not the sharpest knife it is very durable
While it is not the sharpest knife it is very durable

Weight and Spine tapering 

The weight of around 350 grams is surprisingly light for a dual-purpose cleaver of this size. The thickness across the spine is 2.8 mm. 

2.8mm spine thickness
2.8mm spine thickness

Knife handle

The knife has a full-tang wooden handle that is nicely buffed. The handle has some nice contours and provides enough grip. 

Wooden handle with nice contours for added grip and comfort
Wooden handle with nice contours for added grip and comfort

Knife balance point

The balance point of this knife is at the front. If you pinch grip at the blade or the handle, the knife will be front-heavy, which you want for a cleaver-style knife.

Balance point is front heavy if you grap it at the handle or at the neck area
Balance point is front heavy if you grap it at the handle or at the neck area

Blade profile

The blade profile is what you expect from a Chinese cleaver. The blade has a gently curved belly. 

Gently curved belly profile
Gently curved belly profile

Final Conclusion and my Recommendation

The fit and finish are good, and there is no noticeable protrusion around the handle. I like the different surface finish for the added food release. The angle of 25 degrees on a knife with a Rockwell of 57 is a good decision since it is also suitable to go through small bones not larger than a chicken bone with the knife’s heel area. Keep in mind that this is a dual-purpose cleaver and not a slicer or vegetable cleaver. Therefore the knife is less sharp than a Chinese vegetable cleaver since it is made for durability and not sharpness. 

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2 Comments

  1. Very interesting, and you bought it from the official Dengjia store?

    616g is significantly heavier and is in a weight category of a big cleaver or a cleaver intended to go through large bones.
    Did you contact Dengjia?

    The version (JB-752) I received is 351g to be exact on my scale while their sales page indicates around 410g:

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    Here is a bone cleaver of 700 grams which is significantly thicker (5.4mm):
    https://www.chefpanko.com/dengjia-bone-cleaver-review-bz-4401-5cr13-stainless-steel/

    Thank you for the insights on how the handle feels for small hands, as I have medium/large hand size. (Hope to improve the handle format in future reviews) great point!

    As for TT-01, I did not try them; 4cr is quite a soft steel. But looking at the thickness, it looks like a dual-purpose cleaver, more suitable for meat.
    Dual/Purpose/Meat Cleavers usually have a thickness around 3mm
    Vegetable Cleavers usually has a thickness of around 2mm or lower.

  2. Hello,

    I purchased one based on this review. The knife is pretty and sharp. But it weighs considerably more than what you mentioned. On their Aliexpress website, it states it weighs 410g. My scale indicates 616g.

    I also find the handle is not comfortable for my small hands and puts pressure on my wrist (although I may be the one holding it wrong)

    Note there is also a smaller version called the JB-751, but I have no idea how it affects the overall cutting experience.

    Finally, a question for you Chef Panko, how would you compare this dual cleaver to the TT-01 version (looks like a meat cleaver though)

    Thank you

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