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Lamson

8” Brad Leone Signature Series Chinese Santoku Cleaver

Gimmicky? Absolutely. But it's a pretty damn good gimmick (if you have long enough fingers).

care
9

Easy peasy. The blade is so wide and flat with a handle that gets completely out of the way. The beautiful walnut handle is well worth the effort of oiling it every 2 months as the manufacturer recommends.

Sharpening is actually dead simple too, because the blade's height keeps the handle out of the way of your whetstone.

design
8

Ergonomics isn't really this knife's strong point — especially if you don't have long fingers. But the design is still a high point for this knife in terms of usefulness and it's minimalist, traditional design.

fun
9

I reach for this knife far more than I expected because it just feels so approachable — even though it's big. The only thing that's not fun is that weird, sheet metal-y ring of stamped steel which kinda throws me off.

materials
6

Definitely the low point of this knife. I think it's helpful to think of it as essentially the West Elm of knives. Kinda pretty in a midcentury modern way, but with a little cheaper materials than you'd hope for.

value
8

I do think it's just slightly overpriced for the materials and manufacturing costs, but this knife is greater than the sum of its parts. At least, I think so.

Just like the Kramer by Zwilling, I initially expected this knife to be all flash and no filler. I was wrong again.

In fact, I only really have two complaints against it whatsoever: 1. it's a little too big for some people's hands, and 2. the metal reverberates like sheet metal when it's tapped against something. That's not really a problem per se — I was actually super impressed with its balance of lightness and edge retention — but it feels a little too cheap for a knife at this price point.

But other than those couple of nits that I couldn't help but pick at, I've actually grown quite fond of this big, goofy knife. It's friendly in a way that a lot of kitchen tools aren't — just like its big, goofy namesake.

    Smash
  • Minimalist design with nice fit and finish
  • Bench scraper + chef's knife = a great multipurpose kitchen tool
  • Santoku-style tip makes it a little easier to use for detail work than a traditional Chinese cleaver
    Pass
  • Feels slightly overpriced for budget steel (even if it did outperform expectations).