SKU 33658

8″ Chinese Santoku Cleaver with Classic Walnut Handle


(64 customer reviews)

SKU 33658

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This is the ORIGINAL CLASSIC version with 3 Rivet Handle made famous by Brad Leone on his “It’s Alive” show. 


Read here what New York Magazine said about the Cleaver

Brad Leone Bon Appetit


If you’re looking for an amazingly strong and versatile tool, this Cleaver is for you. Cut, slice, chop, trim…… does it all!

Say hello to “The Bad Boy”. As featured on Bon Appétit’s It’s Alive, this bad boy is your answer to it all! “Chop, cut crush, whatever!”


  • Made by Lamson Products, a Massachusetts Company since 1837
  • Lifetime Warranty against Manufacturer’s Defects
  • Item #: 33658 Classic Walnut
  • Weight: 12.0 oz.
  • Dimensions:
    • Overall Length:12.75″
    • Blade Length: 8.0″
    • Blade Width: 0.094″
    • Blade Height: 3.25″
  • Blade
    • Full-Tang Blade (blade runs the full length of the handle)
    • Santoku shape
    • Tempered American High-Carbon 420HC Stainless Steel hardened to 57-58 HRC
    • Flat Ground for precision and then hand-sharpened and finished for razor-sharp edge
  • Handle
    • Shaped and contoured durable handle scales
      • 33658 Classic – Walnut Handle
    • Sturdy Brass Rivet construction
      • Classic – 3 Rivets
  • Care & Sharpening
    • Hone the blade edge regularly with a honing steel or whetstone
    • If edge becomes dull even after honing, please have the blade professionally sharpened or send back to Lamson for Free Sharpening
    • Hand-wash your cleaver with warm soapy water
    • Dry immediately with a soft clean cloth
    • Dishwasher is NOT recommended
    • Periodically apply Mineral Oil to the handle to prevent drying out (Item #’s: 05099/05097 available)
    • Store your cleaver safely
    • Leather Santoku Sheath (Item #: 52818) SOLD SEPARATELY available

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64 reviews for 8″ Chinese Santoku Cleaver with Classic Walnut Handle

  1. Josh I. (verified owner)

    The knife has a forward weighted balance when held with a pinch grip that is quite nice. The blade arrived razor sharp and nicely packaged. The geometry of the edge is a little thick and could use some thinning. I thinned mine on diamond plates and after resharpening it’s great.

  2. Dustin W. (verified owner)

    Love it. It’s great at smashing garlic to release the Alicin. Scrape board and it’s razor sharp

  3. Sandy W. (verified owner)

    Wasn’t sure how different it would be compared to french chef knife – big difference. Awesome for cutting veggies. Thx! Great stuff!

  4. Kyle (verified owner)

    I bought this mainly because of the hype created by the great Brad Leone. His signature was sold out, so I opted for the original. Everything about this knife is incredible. The feel, the craftsmanship, the SHARPNESS! Most of, its versatility is second to none. The rosewood handle is smooth and of obvious high quality. My only complaint is the wax blade guard it is packed with has left a bit of a stain around the edge, but I imagine that will fade in time with use and washes. Buy this knife and expand your culinary horizons.

  5. David L. (verified owner)

    This item is a Christmas gift. I’m sure it will make the receiver very happy.
    I will comment though that I was disappointed in the packaging. For the price of this knife I would think that it would have been in a nice presentation box.

  6. Mindy C. (verified owner)

    My husband loves the knife and has used it for various things from sourdough bread cutting chopping peaches. he is very picky and is very pleased.

  7. Kane H. (verified owner)

    5 * would highly recommend

  8. James P. (verified owner)

    I’m not your typical person to buy higher quality gear, but I decided to get a proper knife, and this is by far my fav knife to use as my main chef knife. The build is simply perfect. You will not be disappointed with this.

  9. Robert K. (verified owner)

    The knife is very comfortable in the hand and makes prepping vegetables a pleasure.

  10. Todd D. (verified owner)

    The Big Boy is such a great quality knife and I love how big the knife is so I can gather up my chopped ingredients on the knife and place them in the bowl. May have to get the little B!

  11. Jeremy M. (verified owner)

    The handle is exceptionally comfortable.

    It was strange to use at first but it comes in very handy. Especially when crushing and chopping something tall.

  12. Stephen P. (verified owner)

    Love the knife, just feels great in the hand. Not that you need a bigger hand to use it but it feels good and solid holding the sizeable blade.

  13. Aleks K. (verified owner)

    This knife is great! I originally bought it because I’m a huge fan of Brad Leone, but I was blown away at how much I enjoy using it. I’m a culinary student and this knife is so much easier for me to use at school compared to a traditional chef’s knife. It has a really nice weight to it and it’s so big it acts as its own bench scraper

  14. Pascal A. (verified owner)

    Love that big bwoy. Perfect to feel like a ninja or a real french chief.

  15. David S. (verified owner)

    Use it for everything except paring and boning.

  16. Raymond S. (verified owner)

    I love this knife the only thing is I wished the knife cutting edge was a 15 degrees for easy cutting but still does a great job.

  17. Mayah (verified owner)

    I love it!

  18. Julian C. (verified owner)

    It feels really good in the hand. It’s very sharp and I use it all the time.

  19. Matthew K. (verified owner)

    I’ve been very happy with this knife. I worked professionally in kitchens for years and have a whole knife bag filled with Shun knives. This knife has a very nice balance, came out of the box extremely sharp and I like the bench scraper ability that it has. 10/10 would recommend anyone to get this.

  20. Matt D. (verified owner)

    Perfect feel in your hand. Not too big or heavy. Best knife in my collection by far, and I have some $300 knives. Will order another for work! Thank you!

  21. Michael C. (verified owner)

    Love this knife, it’s my new go-to

  22. Megan T. (verified owner)

    Lightweight, super cool design. Wood handle is really nice and the whole piece is just really aesthetically pleasing.

  23. Anthony B. (verified owner)

    The BigBoy™ is amazing. Such a versatile knife. Have several other very nice knives and find myself using this almost exclusively now. Love it!

  24. Lucas W. (verified owner)

    Its a great knife that gives me a great addition to my knife set. The wood handle is awesome on this gorgeous workhorse knife.

  25. Cody L. (verified owner)

    I bought this with high hopes, and this thing has exceeded all of my expectations! Out of the box it was razor sharp! The handle feels great in my hand. It is a joy to use!

  26. Craig B. (verified owner)

    American made quality product that I can see being in my family for years and years to come. It is a really cool knife, intimidating by viewers but works brilliantly. Perfect design, quality and functionality. Lamson makes perfect knives.

  27. Sandy C. (verified owner)

    after taking the better part of a year to get, I was afraid to be let down. Not a chance! Light weight, easy for me and my husband to use.

  28. Shane M. (verified owner)

    This knife is the bomb! It is beautiful, sturdy, versatile, and a lot of fun to use. The balance is great, it keeps a killer edge, and I recommend it to everyone.

  29. Luis E. (verified owner)

    Best knife ever

  30. Robert P. (verified owner)

    Knife is a lot lighter and more nimble than it looks, making it very easy to use

  31. Daniel K. (verified owner)

    Lamson knives stay true their values. From the first cut of the Thanksgiving bird to the last bite of a steak dinner Lamson creates products that take the simple act of sharing a meal and transform them into a powerful way to preserve history and pass on culinary tradition from one generation to the next. I am extremely pleased with the quality and performance of my Chinese Santoku. With the life time warranty I look forward to the knife continuing generations of cooking in my own family. Thank you Lamson for creating a knife that is more than just a home chef’s tool but a home chef’s pride.

  32. Evan H. (verified owner)

    Great knife, great weight, sleek look. Very happy.

  33. Corey J. (verified owner)

    This knife is great and I’m very happy I added it to my collection.

  34. Connie F. (verified owner)

    Wonderful knife—given as a gift and it is loved and used often!!! Only negative is that it can’t be washed in the dishwasher—accidentally went through one cycle, top shelf, and the wood handle dulled and looks awful. Not very practical, for a cooking utensil.

  35. Annmarie F. (verified owner)

    Wonderful product… highly recommend

  36. Matthew N. (verified owner)

    I love the weight and balance of this knife, it’s great for a guy with big hands!

  37. Patricia T. (verified owner)

    I bought this knife as a gift for my daughter (home chef) because she is a fan of Brad Leone and follows all the great cooking shows.

    Great knife!

  38. Kristin S. (verified owner)

    Bought this as a gift for my boyfriend who loves cooking. It has worked out well for me, as he wants to use it so I keep eating well. Had risotto last night for example. 10/10!

  39. John W. (verified owner)

    You’s guys done made a real good knife, huh bud!

  40. SEAN H. (verified owner)

    This knife feels great in hand, works wonderfully, and I’m happy anytime I get to put it to use.

  41. Elizabeth L. (verified owner)

    I bought two knives for my two adult sons, and both of them love the knife. Much lighter than a clever, but does the same level of cutting. Comfortable to hold, and artistic design.

  42. Evan B. (verified owner)

    This is the best knife that I own. Quality is top knotch materials are perfect and appealing and it came sharp. I would trust anything Brad Leone puts his name on

  43. Liam N. (verified owner)

    Really great knife just needed a small touch up on the edge.

  44. Michael P. (verified owner)

    Super sharp. Craftsmanship and finishing are excellent. The large Santoku style takes a little getting used to.

  45. Jack (verified owner)

    American Made, wonderful and prompt customer service, and a fantastic knife with quality materials that arrived with a razor sharp edge. shaved the hair off my arm right out of the box, even before a stropping. what more can you ask for… well worth the money.

  46. Robert M. (verified owner)

    Great knife. Much more thin and delicate than the size would indicate, but feels great in the hand. Razor edge. The rosewood handle is substantial without being bulky.

  47. Rachel S. (verified owner)

    The knife is amazing and we had some shipping trouble with usps but the customer service was great with the company to help!

  48. Seth P. (verified owner)

    Good clean cut. Absolutely slice my thumb open.

  49. Reagan G. (verified owner)

    Once sharpened it’s a beautiful tool!

  50. Robert L. (verified owner)

    The knife feels good in the hand and definitely can get through a chicken or two without any issue. I also really like the handle.
    The only issue I have is the initial sharpness could be better. I’m sure taking it in for a sharpen will help though

  51. Emily H. (verified owner)

    Quality materials. Cuts like a dream. Got this for my parents as a gift and they love it!

  52. Aurash J. (verified owner)

    Ever since I got this knife, I have had the sudden urge to ferment more things. On top of that my cooking skills have gone up as well as my friendliness. I find myself cracking so many more jokes with friends as well as I pronounce water as wodder. I love this knife so much that I pretty much only cut on it, but hopefully they call me up to the big leagues at Bon Appetite now because I am essentially the fusion between Andy and Brad. – AJ

  53. Scott B. (verified owner)

    Great knife, so versatile and useful!

  54. Paula S. (verified owner)

    I love this clever. It is weighted very well. Easy to handle and my hand doesn’t get fatigued. I can thinly slice meat and vegetables very easily. I am extremely pleased with this product. It also was delivered in a very timely manner. It was a pleasure doing business with you and I would recommend you to everyone I know.

  55. Zachary T. (verified owner)

    It is my everyday butcher chef knife

  56. Thomas S. (verified owner)

    Knife arrived quickly and very sharp out of the box. Have had a lot of fun using it in the kitchen.

  57. Roger E. (verified owner)

    Incredible knife. I requested the Brad Leone version. True balance and fit. I would highly recommend this for anyone to add to their favorite tools. First project was to trim a while beef tenderloin. Effortless. Very sharp and well made. So proud of this American company. Don’t forget to get the leather blade protector.

  58. Philip A. (verified owner)

    Not only is this knife beautiful l, it also came out of the package quite sharp and ready to perform.

  59. Ryan T. (verified owner)

    Love this knife. It’s my new daily driver and will be for some time. Only thing keeping it from 5 stars is that it was kind of dull out of the box. Only took a little effort to get it razor sharp though.

  60. Jerry M. (verified owner)

    The handle feels amazing in hand. I have big hands so holding this knife feels very natural. I own 2 of these knifes, the original and the Brad Leone signature one.

  61. matthew c. (verified owner)

    I can use it for everything. If feels great in the hand and it retains its edge.

  62. Matthew S. (verified owner)

    Hoping this lasts a log time looks great and fits in the hand well. The signature version handle is very comfy.

  63. Aaron C. (verified owner)

    Sharp from the factory and well packaged. Great size and balance.

  64. Mark Marcelo (verified owner)

    I, like you, got this knife because of Brad and all his misadventures on It’s Alive. I got mine in June 2020.

    I saw posts on reddit saying that certain people got dull and warped blades. However, mine arrived in flawless condition and I was able to push cut paper right out of the box.

    Surprisingly nimble for its size, i was able to make quick work of a bag of potatoes for fries. Not as sharp as my Japanese blades, but it’s also a quarter of the price. Great starter knife if you’re looking to get serious about your cooking.

    If the leather sheath is available try and pick it up to protect your investment. I was not lucky enough to find it in stock.

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