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Jul 21, 2011 06:27 PM

Hamilton knife shops

hi. New to the board looking for help. I've heard a great deal about kiwi knives and I was thinking about adding a decent cleaver to my knives. I have a cheap "gourmet selections" cleaver I'm not sure where from. I want to upgrade to a thinner one but can't afford the pricey Japanese ones. Are there any Chinese groceries around the Hamilton area that have knives. I havn't been able to find one. I checked out and they have basically what I want but I'd like to hold first and since I have no cc I can't order. Thanks. We have no Chinatown so I don't know where to look

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  1. The only place I dealt with in Hamilton was Casual Gourmet in westdale village(near Mac) their website is under construction but call they might be able to help

    1. You could try Hamilton Store Fixtures on King St. W. at Caroline or Chris' Store Fixtures on James St. North. They both have a decent selection of knives at fair prices (they are both restaurant/store suppliers and their products are quite good).

      Other recommendation (along the Chinatown variation) would be B&T (Ben Thanh) grocery on on Cannon at Park.

      1. "I want to upgrade to a thinner one but can't afford the pricey Japanese ones."

        What about the Hong Kong brand Chinese cleaver: Chan Chi Kee (CCK) knives. The CCK slicers are extremely reputable. They are about $40 give for the small size cleaver (which is regular size for home use). There is a CCK store in Ontario Pacific Mall:

        I would think you can probably get it elsewhere as well. If you can get a CCK slicer, then I would get it over a Kiwi -- which is an ok knife, but not quite as thin as nice as a CCK.

        1. You might check out Lee Valley Tools in Burlington, too. See what they have before you make the trip to Pacific Mall.

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          1. re: Kagemusha

            I've heard of the CCK and I'd like to get that but don't really want to go to Toronto. What's pacific mall? I do have a wusthof 8" chef but I prefer the cleaver

            1. re: Vicv07

              It's way out in Markham on Steeles. Probably worth a visit but I'd wait for cooler weather. It's mobbed on weekends.

          2. Addition from my previous post:

            If your goal is to get a Chinese thin slicer, you absolutely cannot go wrong with a CCK. Just go to any knife forums and you will read excellent reviews of CCK slicers. Here are a list of reviews from Chefknivestogo. Scroll all the way down. Not exactly a knife forum, but it gives you an idea of what people think of the knife:


            Also check out all the past threads on CCK on CHOWHOUND. There are at least 10 threads on it.

            Because you already have a medium size Chinese cleaver (aka vegetable knife), there is no reason but to get a good quality slicer. Think about it. What is the point of getting a subpar slicer? You already have a medium blade Chinese cleaver. Either save the money, or get a good quality one. If you get a poor quality one, you will just use your regular cleaver over it, so it will be a waste of money.

            Also consider a carbon steel knife (as opposed a stainless steel knife)

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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Yes I'd like carbon steel. I have an old utility knife in carbon steel and like it characteristics. I'll call the cck Place in Toronto and see what I can get. Was just hoping for something more local

              1. re: Vicv07

                You probably can get a CCK knife locally too. I am just saying that you can definitely get a CCK slicer at the Pacific Mall with a wide selection (saw my link above?)

                You will get much greater selections of Chinese knives from thin to thick, from stainless to carbon steel, from wood handles to plastic handles.... Take a look of the below links, there are three dimensions for every pictures you see here.



                I doubt you will be unable to find the size and material you want.

                1. re: Kagemusha

                  Thanks for the help guys. I've checked out most of the local shops so might have to plan a trip to Toronto. Is the market like a big farmers market type of thing held on weekends or is it a store?

                  1. re: Vicv07


                    "Is the market like a big farmers market type of thing held on weekends or is it a store?"

                    This is why I asked if you had checked out the link I posted above. It is a mall really, and the store is small, but it is within the mall. The store has great selections of knives, sharpening stones and cookware if you are also interested. The link is below:


                    Exact address is:

                    D76, PACIFIC MALLS,

                    4300 STEELES AVE EAST, MARKHAM

                    ONTARIO, L3R 0Y5, CANADA

                    Phone number is:

                    TEL/FAX: (905) 9479688

                    Give them a call first since it is one hour driving distance from you and see if they have exactly the dimension of knife you are looking for. Sometime, items can sell out and in backorder.

                    It should be on the first store on your right hand side when you enter the mall.

                    1. re: Vicv07

                      It's a BIG mall. Tons of stuff to check out, some good eats, too! Make a day of it.


                      1. re: Kagemusha

                        Ok. I've been to the Toronto CCK dealer website but besides location it's in Chinese so I can't read it. And i live in Dunnville on lake Erie so Toronto is over 2 hours away. I've got a friend who's a chef. Maybe we'll go there sometime

                        1. re: Vicv07

                          There's a link at the bottom of the TO store page that takes you to their main HK site with pix of the goods. The TO store should have stock for the standard stuff.

                          Pacific Mall is great fun. Best to get there no later than 11 when most stores start to open. By 2 the parking vanishes and finding a spot can be a royal PITA. Have fun.

                          1. re: Kagemusha

                            Ok. So I think I want one of the 11xx ones. They're wide and thin from how it l

                            1. re: Kagemusha

                              Looks they're nice and wide and thin. But what is the difference between 01 02 03 04. Anyone know?

                              1. re: Vicv07

                                "Ok. So I think I want one of the 11xx ones. They're wide and thin from how it l"

                                The 11XX series is the professional chef's series. You ended your post with an incomplete statement. What exactly do you want to say?

                                "But what is the difference between 01 02 03 04"

                                I am not sure about your question. There ain't "01 02 03 04" for the 11XX series. Be specific and descriptive.

                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  Ya sorry I accidentally hit post half way through. Ok the difference between 1101 1102 1103 ect. I know there's a 1102 and an 1103 at least

                                  1. re: Vicv07

                                    "Ok the difference between 1101 1102 1103 ect"

                                    Difference in size. There are KF1101, KF1102, KF1103, but not KF1104. The information was posted earlier. Here I am posting the link again (dimension in centimeter):


                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                      That is exactly what I was looking for thanks

                                      1. re: Vicv07

                                        Your welcome. Another poster, cowboyardee, has the CCK KF1101 and he likes it quiet a bit. I have the smaller CCK KF1301 and I love the knife.

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          Do they have a little curve to the blade or are they straight?

                                          1. re: Vicv07


                                            CCK knives (KP11XX or KP13XX) are not dead straight, but they are straighter than most Chinese knives. Here is a photo of the KF1101 (on the very right):


                                            A Chinese Chef's knife should be dead straight anyway.

                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                              I meant to say: a Chinese Chef's knife should NOT be dead straight anyway.

                                              Because you want to have a thin blade Chinese Chef's knife, I would concentrate on the KF110X series (carbon steel blade wood handle), the KF111X series (stainless steel blade wood handle), KF112X series (stainless steel blade stainless handle). The smaller KF130X series is also an excellent series (carbon steel blade wood handle). KF191X and KF181X series are also suitable (stainless steel blade).

                                              The CCK store offers some inexpensive sharpening stones.