DALSTRONG Hybrid Military Grade Chef’s Meat Cleaver

Last updated: August 31, 2022


Made from 66 layers of high-carbon stainless steel, the blade on the DALSTRONG Hybrid Chef's Knife is built to last. Perhaps the best thing about the blade, though, is the subtle pattern built into it. A 100 percent money-back means you can try it risk free.

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Key Takeaway: The subtle design imprinted on the DALSTRONG Hybrid Chef's Knife make it stand out from competitors.

In our analysis of 83 expert reviews, the DALSTRONG Hybrid Military Grade Chef's Meat Cleaver placed 8th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Shogun Series of knives are what careers are built on. Painstakingly crafted over 60 days using the highest quality materials, the Shogun Series chef is both a razor-sharp kitchen powerhouse and artistic statement in premium design and workmanship. The Shogun Series blade is precision forged from a single piece of ultra premium Japanese high-carbon AUS-10V steel with 67-alternating layers of SUS410 damasucs cladding for stain-resistance and durability. Precise cryogenic tempering with liquid nitrogen increases the steel’s crystalline structure, enhancing strength, flexibility and hardness. Hand-polishing reveals a magnificent visual pattern, Dalstrong’s ‘Tsunami Rose’. The super-steel core possesses extra high carbon levels, allowing for scalpel-like sharpness with exceptionally long lasting edge retention. Each knife is hand-finished in the Honbazuke 3-step method, creating a beautiful mirror polished edge at a staggeringly acute 10 degrees per side. Beautifully engraved into the blade near the bolster is the Dalstrong lionhead logo for further refinement. The Shogun Series handle is meticulously constructed of G-10 Garolite, an incredibly strong military-grade inert and non-porous fiberglass-like material. It is highly impervious to both heat and moisture with life-long durability. The carefully engineered ergonomic handle is designed for superior hand control and comfort. while simultaneously being stabilized with an engraved end-cap for agile performance. To further enhance the beauty, an intricate copper mosaic pin adorns the center rivet. A premium -quality polymer Dalstrong PerfectFit saya (sheath) with embossed Dalstrong logo and pin is included with the set to ensure your blade is carefully protected. The Dalstrong Shogun Series 8″ “Crixus” Chef-Cleaver Hybrid Knife dalstrong chef knife professional shogun gladiator phantom omega chef cleaver japanese steel Supreme function meets stunning elegance. The Shogun Series 8” “The Crixus” is a uniquely engineered chef knife and cleaver hybrid designed for meat lovers, BBQ enthusiasts and those looking for something different. Named after the infamous Gladiator “Crixus”, this specialty blade honors its namesake by making quick work of any challenge. The curved profile allows for clean, perfect slices through flesh, skin and sinew, while the width and weighted front half let you chop like a cleaver for easy sectioning and portioning. The classic cleaver hole near the nose allows for hanging the knife, or store in the included PerfectFit sheath. Poultry, beef, pork, fish, wild game and even fruits and veggies easily fall prey to this blade, which is versatile enough to handle much more beyond proteins. This highly-functional knife is a must-have for those who prep meat and want to have fun while doing so. Included: Shogun Series 8″ Crixus Chef-Cleaver Hybrid PerfectFit Dalstrong Sheath Neatly Packed with Dalstrong’s Renowned Packaging Dalstrong Support FEATURES & BENEFITS dalstrong chef knife professional shogun gladiator phantom omega chef knife cleaver japanese steel THE SHOGUN SERIES HANDLE Military grade G10 handle for life-long durability Highly impervious to heat, cold and moisture Ergonomic handle for superior hand control, agility and comfort Non-slip grip Engraved end cap for further distinction Intricate copper mosaic enhances beauty dalstrong chef knife professional shogun series chef knife cleaver hybrid meat carver japanese steel THE SHOGUN SERIES BLADE Scalpel like sharpness at a staggering 8-12°degree angle per side. Sail through culinary challenges. Incredible Edge Retention at 62+ Rockwell. Cut longer, go further. AUS-10V Japanese super steel core. The ultimate steel for the ultimate performance. 67-Layered Damascus sharpened under the ancient 3-step Honbazuke method and married to bleeding edge technology. Tapered bolster provides a perfect ‘zero-balance’ balance, finger protection and gently encourages a natural and comfortable pinch grip Rust/Corrosion resistant cladding means your knife will stay cleaner and last longer Hand-polished spine enhances comfort across very grips Featuring Dalstrong’s exquisite Shogun Series Tsunami Rose blade pattern, for striking, stand out beauty. Full tang – maximum robustness. This knife is built to last a lifetime. Triple riveted – even further resilience. Beautifully engraved. Performance and looks. Tapered blade for minimal slicing resistance and non-stick properties Cleans easily Precise cryogenic tempering increases the steel’s crystalline structure, enhancing, strength, flexibility and hardness THE DALSTRONG DIFFERENCE dalstrong chef knife professional shogun series crixus hybrid cleaver japanese aus-10v super steel Over Two-Hundred & Fifty Thousand Chef’s Have Switched to Dalstrong From executive chefs to home chefs and everyone in between, Dalstrong Chefs are treated like family. Over two-hundred & fifty thousand chefs have switched to Dalstrong for our superior quality, unconditional support, and loyal community. It may be cliche, but we truly care about you and the blades and products we painstakingly design and develop. From the tiniest packaging detail, to hundreds of hours of design and testing, each knife is a work of love, dedication and expert craftsmanship. We proudly believe we are the fastest growing knife company for a reason. Dalstrong supports you, our chefs, everyday and in every way we can. Your Dalstrong knives work alongside you, day in and day out, making you more effective, creative, and precise in the kitchen; delivering plates you can feel proud to present. These are knives to build a career on, and tens of thousands of professional chefs have done just that. From cooking competitions (Dalstrong supports chefs across the country building their reputation), to charitable events (we donate knives to those in need with culinary aspirations), Dalstrong loves the community, loves chefs, and the men and women who prepare food for us all each and everyday. From the heat of the professional kitchen to a simple meal for one, Dalstrong stands beside you every step of the way. #dalstrong

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Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

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