Zelite Infinity Cleaver Knife

Last updated date: November 6, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 116 expert reviews, the Zelite Infinity Zelite Infinity Cleaver Knife placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Meat Cleaver for a detailed review of all the top meat cleavers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.8
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
207 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
For a long-lasting, corrosion- and rust-resistant cleaver, it has to be made out of the finest stainless steel material. With the Zelite Infinity Cleaver Knife, you get exactly that and more.
- The Best Meat Slicers
Heavy Blade: The cleaver is equipped with a heavy blade which allows powerful and precise cutting.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
The blade is hand polished with a satin finish to reduce drag and cutting resistance for a smooth, efficient cutting action. Engineered with a blade-heavy balance, the Infinity affords a perfect chopping motion for power and precision.
- Foodal
January 28, 2019 | Full review
The blade is tough, with a rating of 56 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale. The 7” blade is extremely sharp and just the right weight for multipurpose use.
- Willy Smoke
Multipurpose Chinese style chef knife great for cutting all types of meat. Comfortable to hold with a good, balanced weight. Made of German steel with a full tang. Very sharp.
- BestReviews
There is a lifetime warranty against any manufacturing or material defects and this cleaver comes in a gift box also suitable for storing the cleaver in when not in use.
- Sullivan Steak House
It is constructed of top-notch German steel that does not wear out, dent or rust. The Rockwell hardness value of 56 makes it hard and tough.
- Knives Sensei
The ergonomic design makes it a perfect tool for chopping. The handle of the cleaver is structured in a way that is broad in shape.
- Village Bakery
April 12, 2019 | Full review
Can be used for many purposes, but is made specifically for cutting meat
- Biohackers Lab
The blade is rockwell hardened which means that it can give satisfactory performance and utmost control. For all kind of chopping and cutting tasks, the blade is simply perfect.
- OutdoorGearToday
On the other hand, the full tang handle has an ergonomic design for perfect balance and total control. More to be mentioned, it features a unique tapered bolster that boosts a professional grip and provides a sanitary surface to prevent food from getting stuck.
- Parts & Labor Butchery
August 28, 2019 | Full review
The Zelite Infinity Cleaver Knife is a visually impressive kitchen tool that us suited to the home kitchen or for commercial use.
- Italian Barrel
This knife is 7 inches in length. It has a tough blade with 56 Rockwell hardness rating. Its razor-sharp blade and tall height is ideal for cutting through larger chunks of meat and bones.
- Kitchen Tipster
This cleaver is made of high-carbon stainless-steel that is guaranteed razor sharp, corrosion and stain resistant. Its superior edge retention ensures that you won’t need to re-sharpen it every now and then. It is a full-tang so you won’t worry about it getting detached from the handle.
- My Cookware Hub
This is a versatile butcher knife with a length of 7 ”, you can use it for slicing, chopping, cutting bone, meat, vegetables and more. Although the weight is quite heavy but the effect it brings is extremely large.
- The Lazy Boy Saloon
September 18, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
A little bit on the small side
- The Best Meat Slicers
Some don’t like that the company logo is printed on the blade
- Willy Smoke
A little pricier than other brands, but worth it for the quality.
- BestReviews
Handle shaping is different to similar types of meat cleavers
- Sullivan Steak House
Not much information was available on the company
- Biohackers Lab
Does not work well with really hard bones
- OutdoorGearToday
It might be a little bit heavyweight
- Parts & Labor Butchery
August 28, 2019 | Full review
Heavy use of logo on the knife detracts from the knifes aesthetics
- Italian Barrel
Large and heavy for slicing produce
- Kitchen Tipster

From The Manufacturer

Zelite Infinity Japanese German Chef Chefs Knives Knife High quality value stain rust resistant Zelite Infinity Comfort-Pro Cleaver 7" High Carbon German Stainless steel razor-sharp best value Zelite Infinity Comfort-Pro Cleaver 7" High Carbon German Stainless steel razor-sharp best value Zelite Infinity Comfort-Pro High Carbon German Stainless steel multipurpose razor-sharp best value

Overall Product Rankings

1. DALSTRONG Cleaver
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Imarku Cleaver Knife
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 20
3. TUO Cleaver
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
4. DALSTRONG Hybrid Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
5. Zelite Infinity Cleaver Knife
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 15
6. Orblue Stainless Steel Cleaver
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
7. Utopia Kitchen Cleaver
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 26
8. Farberware Cleaver Knife
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 1
9. EPICA Stainless Steel Cleaver
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 10
10. Winco Chinese Cleaver
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 18

An Overview On Meat Cleavers

Cutting meat requires a special tool, especially if you’re dealing with thicker meats. Sure, you could use your chef’s knife, but you’ll find you put in much more work while also risking damage to the meat itself.

They’re incredibly handy if you like to break down your own meats, rather than asking your butcher to do it for you, says our resident culinary expert Julie Chernoff.

“Meat cleavers get the most use in butcher shops, where they are constantly used to cut through large slabs of protein or to cut through bone,” she says. “You are looking for a large, broad, sturdy blade that can withstand considerable force. This must be a full-tang knife, and should weigh at least a pound at minimum; the one I have at home weighs nearly 2 pounds and it means business.”

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There are a few features to consider when you’re in the market for a meat cleaver. The first is the blade itself. Top meat cleavers prioritize something called edge retention, which means the blade is not only sharp, but you also won’t find yourself sharpening it every time you use it. This lets you enjoy consistency every time you start meal prep.

Retaining that sharpness does require a little extra work, though. You won’t be able to just toss your knife in the dishwasher after dinner. Instead, you’ll probably need to hand wash it to ensure it retains its effectiveness.

It’s important to note that meat cleavers do have their limitations. If you have heavier, thicker cuts of meat, especially with bones, you’ll need a cleaver that’s designed to tackle those big jobs. You’ll also need a special type of cleaver if you’re trying to slice and dice frozen items.

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The handle directly drives how your knife performs. Look for a cleaver with a sturdy, ergonomic handle design that will maximize your comfort during those longer meal-prepping sessions. Some handles also offer features like slip-resistance, while others may advertise that they’re designed to keep bacteria at a minimum. Those can be nice “extras” to have in a knife.

“A non-slip grip surface is a serious plus, because the last thing you want is for this instrument to go flying out of your hand; breaking down meat is a messy job,” says Chernoff.

The accessories can make a big difference, as well. A sheath will come in handy for safely storing your cleaver when you aren’t using it. Since it can be tough to find a sheath that fits your blade perfectly, having one included with your purchase is a nice bonus. If you’re giving a meat cleaver as a gift, some come with gift packaging to save you time. Also look for a warranty or guarantee, since you want your meat cleaver to last.

“Some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty, and that is something I would look for in high-quality knives in general,” says Chernoff.

DYWM Fun Fact

Meat cleavers earned an early reputation as a medieval sort of tool designed to blast through any cut of meat. In the early days, butchers would use it to slice right through bone-filled meats effortlessly. But today’s butchers don’t use meat cleavers for the most intense work. In fact, they prefer either handsaws or bandsaws for slicing through dense objects like bones and ribs. For home use, though, cleavers can be the best way to quickly cut boneless meats. Although a chef’s knife will do for most meal prep, using it on whole chickens or large vegetables can wear out the blade, making a cleaver a great way to preserve your knife collection.

The Meat Cleaver Buying Guide

  • As with many knives, a cleaver’s handle can enhance both safety and comfort. Often this is all in the way the knife curves. Many of today’s cleavers are built with ergonomic handles to ensure you remain comfortable even when cutting for long periods of time.
  • Grip is especially important. A nonslip handle will help prevent accidents.
  • The weight of the knife also determines how comfortable it is to hold. A lightweight build will help reduce fatigue when you have a big job to do.
  • Cleavers can handle boneless cuts of meats, as well as vegetables. However, if you’re trying to tackle frozen items, meat with bones or other hard materials, you could find the handle breaks. If you need something to handle those heavy-duty tasks, look for a cleaver that’s built for it.
  • Pakkawood is a popular material for knife handles. Pakkawood is a blend of wood and plastic that is both waterproof and durable. Where wood would typically splinter or warp in food preparation conditions, pakkawood holds its own while still looking like genuine wood.
  • You may see the words “full tang.” This simply means that the back portion of the blade extends all the way through the handle. Full tang knives generally are more durable and offer more control.
  • Some cleavers advertise that they’re dishwasher safe, but it’s best to hand wash knives of any type. Not only does the dishwasher take a toll on the blade, but pakkawood can also suffer when exposed to the extreme heat a dishwasher puts out. When hand washing your knives, mild soaps are safest.
  • As visually appealing as etchings in blades are, keep in mind that at a glance, these designs can come across as smudges or dirt. You may miss the impression you’re trying to make by choosing one of these knives.
  • Storage instructions for cleavers and other knives typically focus on the blade. However, it’s also important to factor in how your handle will hold up while in storage, particularly if you’ve chosen one made of wood. Dents and scratches can take away from the look of your knife.
  • One bonus you’ll find in some knives is that the handles have an antibacterial property. This will help keep germs at bay while you’re preparing your meals.
  • Most of your cleaver shopping will home in on the blade. Many cleavers will promise to have the sharpest, most powerful blades, so look into the materials used to build the blade. Cleavers that were cooled with nitrogen and made from high-carbon steel or multiple layers of stainless steel are good options.
  • In addition to initial sharpness, look for a blade that retains its edge after many uses. If you have to keep sharpening your cleaver, you’ll find it becomes far less convenient.
  • Pay close attention to any warranty offered with your cleaver. If it breaks or you find it less than satisfactory, some manufacturers will let you return it for a full refund.
  • Although consumers turn to cleavers for cutting meat, you’ll get far more use out of it if you choose one that’s fairly versatile. Some cleavers go beyond proteins to help you chop fruits and vegetables.