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My cleaver really isn't much to look at--cheap, mass produced,
stainless steel with an integral handle, but it fits my hand like a
glove. My dad and I went to the Metro Food store in San
Francisco's Chinatown (the same place where he introduced me to the red
label Ti Guan Yin that got me started drinking tea). They had a
bin in the back of the shop full of these cleavers, and despite being
cheap and mass produced, they were not entirely the same because part
of the work was done by hand, and balance of each one was a little
different. I opened every box and tested every one, and somewhere
about 8 or 10 into it I found this one, and another 30 or 40 and a half
hour later it was still THE one. When we went to pay for it (and
our tins of tea), the older chinese lady at the cash register added
some candy to the bag, as a treat for the dutiful daughter.
What I love about it is the balance, the perfect taper from handle to tip of the blade.
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