Pros: Design, Construction, Sharpenability, Sharpness, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Material Quality, Durability
Great Cleaver, but a little soft.
I sort of have love/hate relationship with this cleaver. The handle shape and finish on this cleaver are fabulous. It is easy to aim where you are chopping, and the optimal weight and polished finish lets it glide through thick meat and vegetables with just a good tap if you put a good sharp edge on it. (Really takes a smoking sharp edge with no cutting friction when sharpened with my Wicked Edge System.) My big concern is the metallurgy of the DM0767. It is advertised as serious meat and bone cutter, but I got dents in the edge just chopping some large chicken drum stick bones. Haven't tried any heavy beef bones, could only imagine the dent damage if I tried that. I think Shun engineering should do a serious evaluation of the tempering and steel selection for this product. I bought a couple more sample cleavers for a fraction of the price and sharpened them with the same method and angles. They can crush heavy bones of any type without phasing the edge, so I know a little improvement would make this Shun a better product. Except for no bones, this is a real nice multi purpose cleaver.