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Year of the Ox Cleaver Set

Your supreme kitchen ally



Strong as an ox

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, which this year is designated the Year of the Ox, we have designed two very special cleaver sets, both of which are presented in a custom gift box.

Choose from either our Year of the Ox Mini Cleaver Set or our larger, Year of the Ox Astounding Cleaver.

Our Mini Cleaver was initially designed as a private commission for an Asian chef who asked us to recreate a favourite knife belonging to his grandmother. We loved the proportions of the finished cleaver so much we’ve since added it to our standard range.

We’ve given our mini cleaver a flat heel and moved the handle up the spine by about a centimetre to improve its balance and feel in the hand. Initially designed to tackle Asian food preparation, as we tirelessly finessed this cleaver we discovered its combination of strength and agility made it ideal for all sorts of hefty flora and fauna for the wok and barbecue alike.

Grasp with a hammer grip to slice through meat, bone and shell with ease. Or use a pincher grip to work with more precision.

This is one knife you’ll turn to time and time again for more tasks in the kitchen than you would ever have imagined.

For anyone who favours a larger all-round blade in the kitchen, we can wholeheartedly recommend you consider our Astounding Cleaver, without doubt founder Laurie’s favourite tool for food prep.

There’s a huge amount to be said for a good cooking cleaver: it gives you unparalleled travel if you’re using your knuckles as a guide, you can use it to scoop the fruits of your labours in to the pan and it has heft sufficient to deal with even the most agricultural examples of celeriac.

To make it even more of an experience, the bottom inch of the blade is pretty much a parallel sliver of hardened steel less than 1mm thick. It’s just one of those knives that you may not see the point in, have a go with and then soon find yourself using it for everything, it’s just so much fun and such a joy to wield.

To celebrate Chinese New Year (12th February 2021) we have designed a very special limited edition version of our Mini Cleaver and our Astounding Cleaver, complete with a custom-designed presentation Richlite gift box.

The blades of the cleaver have been gold coated using a technique called PVD (physical vapour deposition) which ensures a highly durable finish and imparts additional corrosion resistance. The contoured handles are made using resin-soaked scarlet paper from the G . F Smith Colorplan range, whilst the blade edges have been hand polished to 10 degrees – fine enough to shave the hair from your arm if you were so inclined!

Finally, the character for Ox, the second animal of the Chinese Zodiac has been laser engraved onto each blade, symbolising the hard work, positivity and honesty that will be manifested in all of us over the coming twelve months.

Both cleavers are presented in a specially-designed black Richlite gift box which have an inlaid red resin Ox in the lid.

Precision engineered from the highest quality high-tech 14c28n Sandvik Swedish steel and sharpened by hand and eye for the ultimate cutting edge. 


  • A lightweight cleaver for agile food prep
  • or, a larger cleaver for all-round kitchen tasks
  • PVD coated gold blade
  • Hand polished edge
  • Custom G . F Smith paper handle
  • Year of the Ox blade engraving
  • Richlite Presentation Box included


Covid 19 Update

To ensure the safety and well being of our small team of knife makers we have implemented additional measures in our workshop to enable us to continue to make custom knives and accessories. The need for us to minimise the number of people in any one area of the workshop at any given time – plus ensuring all knives are sanitised prior to posting – means that our average lead time is currently around 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Every Savernake product is made to order. The quest for perfection takes time, so in normal circumstances please allow 3-4 weeks for your order to arrive (see below for Gift Boxes, Cards & Panic Department).
  • Need it sooner? Please get in touch and we’ll always do our best to help.
  • Your order will be delivered by Royal Mail Special Delivery in its specially-designed tubular Savernake packaging and guidance on knife care.
  • Gift Boxes, Cards & Ready Made items will be posted as soon as possible upon ordering (same working day if order is placed before 2pm)

International Delivery

We charge £40 flat rate delivery for delivery worldwide

Lifetime guarantee

Our products are guaranteed for a lifetime. We also offer a reconditioning service for damaged knives for a small fee.

We’re sure you’ll love your new knife. If there’s something not right with your order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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