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Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.
The Shun Classic Vegetable Cleaver, sometimes known as a Chinese cleaver, is a large squared knife with a very wide blade. Every part of it can be put to use. The edge is used to process vegetables, especially larger ones such as cabbage, which are frequently a part of Chinese cuisine. Yet many cooks find their cleaver nimble enough for almost every kind of cutting and slicing. The flat of the blade makes a great tool for smashing garlic cloves. The Shun Classic Vegetable Cleaver feels solid, but Shun's thinner blade makes it easy to handle so food preparation is a pleasure. But be sure not to use the Shun Classic Vegetable Cleaver on joints, bones, or meat. The Meat Cleaver is made for that.