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Meat Cleavers

Traditional meat cleavers are built like medieval weapons. Could we find one fit for modern life?

What We Learned

Historically, the meat cleaver was a brutish tool. Designed to hew through bone and sinew with a single well-placed cut, the traditional meat cleaver derived its chopping power more from blunt force than from razor-sharp precision and required some strength and experience to be wielded successfully. These days, even professional butchers don’t use cleavers; for hacking through ribs ...