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Sugimoto SF-4030 - Small Chinese Cleaver with Carbon Steel Blade

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Sugimoto is well know and reputable kitchen knife maker and especially famous for the practical Chinese Cleaver.

From an experienced craftsman’s viewpoint, Sugimoto’s traditional handcrafting methods and their custom convex edge geometry, their hand-sharpening are the secrets to their outstanding cutting performance.

Since we first started to offer the Sugimoto Chinese Cleavers, over 10 years ago, our professional customers have praised them for their fine cutting performance and quality.

We often receive requests and inquires about small size, compact handling, high-quality Chinese Cleavers, so we recently decided to begin selling the Sugimoto SF-4030 Small Chinese Cleaver, with Carbon Steel blade.

The blade is made with a very pure Japanese virgin carbon steel, which provides excellent edge retention, edge sharpness and ease of re-sharpening.

The Natural Wood Handle has a comfortable rounded shape, two carved grooves that improve grip, a durable Stainless Steel bolster and balances the weight of the blade very well.

The Sugimoto SF-4030 Chinese Cleaver is the smaller size with lighter than standard for comfortable balance and weight.

The Chinese Cleaver is a highly versatile general-purpose kitchen knife that can be used to slice, chop, mince, scrape, and even crush ingredients. The tall blade of the Chinese Cleaver enables it to be safely guided with the knuckles of your free hand when 'tap chopping’, ‘push cutting’, or ‘pull cutting’. This makes it possible to cut large fruit and vegetables, such as cabbages, easily and safely.

Knife Model: Sugimoto Small Size Virgin Carbon Steel Chinese Cleaver

Blade Material:  Virgin Carbon Steel

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63

Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50

Handle Material: Round Shaped Natural Wooden Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster

Saya Included: No.


Chinese Cleaver 190mm (7.4")
Blade length: 190mm
Blade Width: 95mm
Blade Thickness: 3.6mm
Total Weight: 348g



This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.

For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.  

We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and sharp edge with your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for long times.


This is the Carbon steel blade kitchen knife that can get rust and discolor easily, and requires extra care and attention to prevent rust.

  • Please do not put the knife in the dishwasher machine for cleaning.
  • Please do not leave the knife in water or wet condition for long time.
  • After using, please hand wash the blade, bolster and handle thoroughly, and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes. Please apply Tsubaki oil on the blade and keep it in dry place.
  • This is an extremely sharp knife. Please use special cares in using and storing it.
  • Unlike German made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to thin cutting edge for sharper cutting and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the edge from hitting hard materials to avoid chipping or cracking.
  • Please do not use it to cut bone or frozen foods, any hard shell foods such as lobster and crab.
  • We recommend using Japanese whetstones to re-sharpen the knife, when it gets dull.
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      Matthew M.
      United States United States
      I recommend this product

      Great cleaver!

      This cleaver is perfect for our needs. It has taken over the roll of our daily use knife in the kitchen. The quality of craftsmanship is apparent in both the smooth cuts and the way it feels in hand.

      Bratie U.
      United States United States
      I recommend this product

      Best there is.

      Perfect size for general use.Super sharp right out of the box

      Ido G.
      Israel Israel
      I recommend this product

      Highly recommended

      Excellent knife. Good balance and sharp out of the box. It’s my first Chinese cleaver - My go-to knife before was a Nakiri and the transition felt pretty natural. I have a professional background and was debating about getting the bigger size (no. 6) – happy I went with the smaller version, which is sufficient for home use.

      Eric Y.
      United States United States
      I recommend this product


      Excellent balance and sharpness. Highly recommended.

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      Eric L. (USA)
      United States United States
      I recommend this product

      Sugimoto SF-4030 is my new best friend

      First, I would like to thank the JCK team for having this product available for purchase. The shipping speed from Japan to USA was lightning fast, ordered on Tuesday and DHL delivered on Thursday in less than 48 hours. Amazing people and amazing service as always! I am extremely happy and proud to own this cleaver model SF-4030 made by Sugimoto. This baby cleaver is unbelievably sharp right out of the box, probably one of the sharpest in my collection of cleavers ranging from: Moritaka, Takeshi Saji, Mcusta, Kato, Tojiro, Yaxell Gou, Enso, etc... I have used this cleaver prepping vegetables and roots to make "broth" and it blasted through 125 lbs of: carrot, daikon radish, celery roots, beets roots with no trouble. This fair and decent looking cleaver from Sugimoto surprised me not only with its sharpness, but its comfort level is also very good. It is not so long, not large, not heavy, just about the right on length x weight. This model I got weighted at 335g and sized at 190mm L x 95mm H. The Sugimoto CM-4030 cleaver is also the same size as the SF-4030 cleaver, CM- is stainless steel and SF- is carbon steel. I was torn between the two choices but was glad i chose the SF- carbon steel version. Other websites claimed this carbon steel is Shirogami #2, JCK called it Japanese ****** carbon steel. Regardless, what it is called.. the edge of this knife bites on my cutting board. I had to go easy on my chopping and slicing as the edge easily cuts deep into the board. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this product and will look forward to add the Sugimoto #6 to my collection later on. A big applause to Sugimoto! Photos of my cleaver uploaded for your reference. Please enjoy cooking, cheers.

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