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Chinese Cleaver ID

knifesavers Jul 16, 2013 11:17 PM

This one bugs me. I have seen the #3 cleaver type before but I am blank on who it is.


  1. Chemicalkinetics Jul 17, 2013 05:21 PM

    Hey Jim

    Sorry about the late reply.


    The first photo states that it is "Cantonese Double Lions, Of brand No. 3"(廣州雙獅為記 3).

    I have heard of the Double Lions brand many times before, but I don't know if it is any special. I very weak impression is that it is a large brand but it is not like high end.

    The second photo states that "Made in China, Sharp Tool Factory, of Genuine SAN HAN) (Made in China, 利器厂正三桁瓦)

    Apparently, "正三桁瓦" (Genuine SAN HAN) is an old brand since the last Chinese dynasty. Even the late Sam Fujisaka mentioned his:

    "If not, I just got a "Stainless Steel Chopping-Knife size N0.2 Genuine San Han Nga" for $13 in the Washington, DC, Chinatown."


    How have these two knives fared?

    3 Replies
    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
      knifesavers Jul 17, 2013 11:00 PM

      Thanks for the replies to you and Kagemusha.

      I got these 2 this week and other than rust removal and other cleaning I haven't done anything to it. I have a pile of 27 things to get done for Saturday and these are some of the easiest ones.

      Both are thicker than my Shibazi and the Double Lion is fairly steeply beveled and thick like a good chicken splitter.

      Neither seems to have seen much use and have no spine beating abuse.


      1. re: knifesavers
        Kagemusha Jul 18, 2013 03:31 AM

        Double Lion cleavers aren't very glamorous but they're tough and serviceable. I put Scandi grind on mine and it's great as a heavy chopper for poultry.

        1. re: knifesavers
          Chemicalkinetics Jul 18, 2013 03:47 AM


          <Both are thicker than my Shibazi>

          Sounds good. Also sounds like the two knives are thicker cleavers, not the thin slicing cleavers, so they may not be comparable to your ShiBaZi. They also look like carbon steel knives from the photos. Your ShiBaZi is a stainless steel, right? Shibazi is gaining quiet an attraction in recent decades. It makes both stainless steel and carbon steel knives:


          Its stainless steel lines do not appear impressive.

          There is a story. As you may know ShiBaZi (十八子)knives are fairly widely circulated. ShiBaZi is a new brand (relatively) and officially started in 1999. Sanhengwa (三桁瓦) started much longer. The semi-lineage is 120 years, but the actual company started in 1964. ShiBaZi learned and started from Sanhengwa. So there is a connection between these two brands.

          I suppose it is like the story between Starbuck and Peet's.

      2. Kagemusha Jul 17, 2013 01:45 PM

        Canton-made, Double Lion(brand). Hard to make out the characters after "Made in China." Looks like a factory name(?). Popular old brand.

        1. Kagemusha Jul 17, 2013 01:40 PM


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