CCK or Chan Chi Kee cleavers are a Hong Kong-based producer of cleavers and other kitchen equipment. They pretty much universally considered to be best in class.
SHAPE: Chinese cleaver. The quintessential Chinese cooking tool comes in many different forms. The silhouette is almost always the same but the girth and length are the key players here. Generally speaking the thicker they are the more abuse they can take; and the longer they are, the easier slicing tasks become.
This cleaver is one of the more multi purpose cleavers. It retains a certain amount of thickness to the spine allowing poultry based bone bashing.
STEEL: Two options - Stainless steel or Carbon steel (Care must be taken to keep this steel dry to prevent rust but when it comes to sharpening and edge retention there really is no beefing carbon steel)
FINISH: Kurouchi or forge-blackened in a rustic way. This definitely helps with rust prevention, almost acting like a protective layer.
HANDLE: Round wooden handle
LENGTH: 19cm long and 12cm tall
MAKER: CCK - Hong Kong, China
BEST FOR: Chop, chop, chopping and then some slicing.
SAUNDERS SAYS: “These really took some getting hold of, now they are here I think we need to order a lot more. These things are amazing and sure to fly out fast.”