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Dengjia Vegetable Cleaver JCD-904 Review – 9Cr15Mov – 185mm

The Dengjia Vegetable Cleaver comes with a hazy mirror finish and vertical scratch pattern. They also have added a sanding line to help food to stick less on the blade. If you look closely, they also have a slightly visible cladding line. The knife comes with an acrylic handle. 

Dengjia Vegetable Cleaver JCD-904 Review
Dengjia Vegetable Cleaver JCD-904 Review

Other Dengjia Cleaver reviews:
Dengjia TM-9080 Vegetable Cleaver
Dengjia Bone Cleaver BZ-4401

Dengjia 9Cr15Mov Core Material

The Dengjia Vegetable Cleaver comes with a 9Cr15Mov core material with a Rockwell hardness of around 58 to 59. The most interesting part is how durable the knife core material is. While you can not go through thick bones, the knife is suitable for filleting a fish. It can withstand some abuse without worrying about the brittleness or chipping. 

Dengjia Vegetable Cleaver JCD 904 - 9Cr15Mov
Dengjia Vegetable Cleaver JCD 904 – 9Cr15Mov

Edge durability & sharpened angle

The knife is sharpened at a 15-degree angle per side. This angle gives the knife extra sharpness. But because of the 9Cr15Mov core material, the knife is doing a good job maintaining the edge retention at that angle. The core material is also strong, so you don’t have to worry about chipping even at the low factory angle.    

15 degree angle per side
15 degree angle per side

Edge Retention

With a Rockwell of 58 to 59, the knife can hold the edge for around 3 to 5 months with regular honing sessions before needing whetstone maintenance. 

Dengjia JCD-904 280grams
Dengjia JCD-904 280grams

Weight and Spine tapering 

The longer edge retention is made possible because of the weight of around 280grams, and the knife has no distal spine tapering, which is typical for a Chinese Vegetable Cleaver. The thickness across the spine is 1.9mm.

1.9mm spine thickness no taper
1.9mm spine thickness no taper

Knife handle

The knife handle is made from acrylic, which is water-resistant and has a unique pattern. For the best comfort, the handle grip is advised. If you are used to a blade pinch grip, you won’t benefit from the handle curves. However, Dengjia offers similar knives with different handles

Dengjia JCD904 (Great for a handle grip) Blade Pinch Grippers I recommend JCD-901 or TM-9050
Dengjia JCD904 (Great for a handle grip) Blade Pinch Grippers I recommend JCD-901 or TM-9050

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.

Dengjia JCD-904 Balance point
Dengjia JCD-904 Balance point

Blade profile

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

Dengjia JCD-904 blade profile
Dengjia JCD-904 blade profile

Fit and Finish

The version I received had some slight protrusions around the handle, but they were not noticeable during use. I also have a different knife from Dengjia, where there were no problems at all. 

Slight protrusion around the handle but only noticeable when you look for it.
Slight protrusion around the handle but only noticeable when you look for it.

Final Conclusion and my Recommendation

The Dengjia Vegetable cleaver with the 9Cr15Mov core material has my recommendation. Combined with a good heat treatment, they managed to keep the knife lightweight, sharp, and very durable. Keep in mind that the handle ergonomics of the JCD-904 is not the most comfortable if you are a pinch gripper at the blade. Therefore, I can recommend other versions that Dengjia offers with the same core material, which is the cleaver’s biggest surprise.  

Front Profile Taper
Dengjia JCD-904 Front Profile Taper

🛒S H O P:
NA & EU: AliExpress Official Dengjia Store:
Dengjia JCD-904 (185mm)
Note: This is the version in the video from the official Dengjia store.

Other handles great for pinch grip at the blade same blade core material:
JCD-901
TM-9050: Coming soon
Note: JCD901 and TM-9050 are a bit thicker (approx 1mm thicker making) and heavier than the JCD-904 but come with a more comfortable handle for blade pinch grippers.

(TM-9050 more catered for people with large hand sizes, JCD-901 is more suitable for a wider hand size range from small to large).

NA: Dengjia Amazon Store

NA & EU: Manufacturer Dengjia Official Store on AliExpress

N O T E S: The JCD-904 has multiple versions, there are resellers, but some don’t offer a retail box. I recommend ordering from the official Dengjia store (They have special discounts at certain events). For blade pinch grippers I recommend the JCD-901 or the TM-9050 (coming soon).

Dengjia JCD-904 Back Profile Taper
Dengjia JCD-904 Back Profile Taper
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