Cleaver 190mm X 85mm Honyaki 135cr3


It just feels great in your hand, the balance is perfect, the knife is light weight and nimble and the classic cleaver, stumpy handle is just the right size. This 190mm X 85mm Cleaver from isasmedjan such a simple and elegant piece of work.

Ground convex and super thin, with a nice taper. At the spine the knife travels from 3.5mm down to 1.8mm, but behind the edge that tapering converts to a hair-splitting edge at the nose of the blade. Suffice it to say the grind on this cleaver is very impressive and a joy to work with.

An incredible piece of steel, full of beautiful alloy banding. Jonas has finished the blade in the Honyaki style with a beautiful wave pattern, a subtle touch of brute de forge and a near mirror polish.

Letting nature speak for itself, the knife is paired with a simple octagonal stumpy handle made from an incredibly beautiful piece of stabilised black ash burl. There is something about Honyaki blades, the simplicity and subtle beauty that just looks stunning when paired with natural timbers.

Another stunning piece from Jonas Johnsson and if you are a fan of Chinese cleavers, you will certainly love this one, but if you haven't used one before and wanted to try one out, at just 190mm X 85mm, this is the perfect size to get you started.

Product Specification

Blade Type: Cleaver

Edge Length: 190mm

Spine Heel: 3.42mm

Spine Mid: 2.3mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 2.15mm

Blade Height: 85mm

Weight: 279g

Cutting Edge Steel: 135Cr3

Stainless: No

HRC: 64

Blade Construction: Honyaki

Blade Finish: Matte Polish

Grind: Convex

Handle Construction: Hidden Tang

Handle Materials: Black Ash Burl

Handedness: Ambidextrous

Saya Included: No

Shipping & Returns


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We are happy to offer free international shipping on a variety of orders depending on location and order value. You can check to see where things sit for you here.


At Modern Cooking we want our customers to be inspired and delighted by the products they purchase through our shop.

However, we understand that you may need to return products occasionally. If you are not entirely happy, you can return your purchase in its original condition within 14 days for a refund. Please email if you wish to return any goods.

In the unlikely event that you receive faulty goods or your order is damaged in transit, please contact us for instructions on how to return the goods as in this case we will meet the cost of return postage, though only if this is arranged through our authorised carriers. Any claim for refund or exchange resulting from faulty goods or goods damaged in transit must be raised within 5 business days.

All Modern Cooking logistics partners provide insurance in case of damage, but the coverage is only valid if we are notified within 5 business days. Please make sure to inspect your order immediately upon receipt to ensure that there is no damage.

Once we have the goods back, we will issue a full refund or send replacements where possible, as you prefer.

Product Care:

Cleaning: Clean by hand with warm water. Avoid wetting the handle when possible. 

Sharpening: We advise using whetstones to sharpen your knives and a honing rod or steel to maintain the burr between sharpening sessions. 

Reactive Steels: Reactive steels like Aogami Super, Apex Ultra or one of the many premium reactive German and Swedish steels are susceptible to rust if not properly cared for. In this case we advise that you keep the knife dry between uses and when storing the knife for longer periods wiping the knife blade with Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil is a wise choice. This will not stop a patina forming on the blade, but it will stop rust. A patina can be a beautiful personal feature on your knife and helps to stop rust forming. So, dry your knife regularly between uses, store in a dry place and apply some Tsubaki oil from time to time when storing for long periods. 

A reference guide to steel types

Handle Care: If you have a knife with a non-stabilised wooden handle, you can apply Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil to your handle from time to time. Food safe wax can be applied to both stabilised and no-stabilised wooden handles. Never apply hot wax or oil as you risk warping or damaging the handle.