The Dongsun knife currently comes with a free Saya to protect the blade. In the box, you get a cleaning cloth and some instruction manuals. The knife is also well protected with a plastic knife sheet. The tip and the heel also come with some edge guards.
The knife comes with three-layer construction, a very visible cladding, and a matt finish. The handle is made from G10 and comes with a mosaic rivet.
AUS10 Core Material
The Dongsun knife comes with a Japanese AUS10 core, and during my testing, the knife Rockwell came close to 61. Keep in mind that the AUS10 is quite brittle and should not be used to slice through frozen food, bones, cheese, or hard bread, or force your way through other food like nuts.
Edge durability & sharpened angle
The knife is sharpened at a 15-degree angle per side. This angle is great for durability and does not affect the sharpness, and even increases the edge retention. There will be less bending and chipping if you go through harder, denser food like root vegetables. I encourage more Japanese-style knives and brands to follow Dongsun’s example instead of advertising with an angle lower than 15 to increase sales.
With an angle of 15 degrees and a Rockwell of 61, the knife can hold the edge for around 6 to 7 months with regular honing sessions before needing whetstone maintenance.
Weight and Spine tapering
The knife weight is 247grams which is quite on the heavier side of a Japanese-style knife of 7 inches. The knife also has distal spine tapering with 2.1mm at the heel, 2.0mm at the middle, and 1.9mm at the front.
Dongsun Knife handle
The knife comes with a D-shaped G10 handle that does not require any maintenance. The front cap is nicely shaped for a pinch grip at the front of the cap. The D-shaped handle rests nicely at the top of your palm and provides enough grip. Keep in mind that this D-shaped handle is designed for right-handed use.
Knife balance point
The balance point is exactly at the front of the cap where you pinch the knife. It makes the knife middle balanced, which works very nicely with the profile.
Dongsun Blade profile
The Profile of this Dongsun Vegetable Cleaver is the most exciting part. It has a very gentle curve, which makes it enjoyable to use in multiple ways without discomfort.
Up and Forward Chop
You can make the up and forward motion without having to curve your wrist. It makes it very comfortable to use, and the performance is similar to a Nakiri.
Tip work, up and down motion, and slicing
The front area has a slightly aggressive curve, which works very well for working with the knife’s tip. Unlike the rounded tip of a Nakiri, this knife has a tip that performs like a Santoku. This also makes it very comfortable for slicing work.
The knife also has a gentle curve at the heel, so you can still rock with the blade just like a Chef’s knife. Combined with the aggressive curve at the front, you can rock it higher than a Santoku.
Final Conclusion and my Recommendation
This Japanese-style vegetable cleaver from Dongsun has my recommendation. Despite the unique design, they manage to make it comfortable in many aspects, and it is very versatile. There are no noticeable quality control issues, no protrusions, or sharp edges. There is also enough knuckle clearance.
N O T E S:
I think that the reduced price is temporary or they will stop including a free Saya. The price of this Dongsun AUS10 vegetable cleaver was $40/45 when I ordered it and that included free shipping and a free Saya.
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