DVM GEAR: DVM Pocket Cleaver Sneak Preview

Is that a cleaver in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

Here is a sneak preview of the DVM Pocket Cleaver made by Robert Scheppmann and designed by Yours Truly in the DVM Skunk Works Labs that will be available in a few weeks

The Idea came from a combination of a few things. Way, way back in the day in another life I was a chef, one of the most used and best multipurpose knives in a professional kitchen is the Cleaver. There really isn’t anything that you cant do with it. And from living, traveling and working in Asia for so long you cant help notice the 30 year old cleaver being used in every chow shop from Bangkok to Hong Kong. It is just that versatile.

I am also a big fan of smaller Wharncliffe style knives for self defense. So when I was designing this I knew I wanted a straight edged blade. On a resent trip to Indonesia I saw a Pineapple street vendor chopping with a cleaver that had an edge ground into the front. I thought it was a brilliant idea, basically you get two Wharncliffe style cutting surfaces on a single blade that can be used for cutting on every imaginable motion.

And after watching the movie “Wanted” and seeing the Cuban guy slicing and dicing a cleaver I knew I wanted to have a cleaver in my collection. So the “cool” factor is also a part of this design

But you cant really carry around a cleaver without looking like a serial killer so I figured why not chop it down in size. And after getting my hands on one of Roberts other knives [the DROP-POINT-P.D.K.] I really liked how the handle fit in my hand and the blade length.

So I drew up a Cleaver design inspired by his handle but with a cleaver head and a dual grind – with Roberts considerable talent this bad boy popped out. Big thanks for Robert for taking this on for us.

I think it will be great for everything from utility to fighting, something you can use on a camping trip or stashed around your neck in some 3rd world suck-hole – all in a sharp looking package.

Here it is with a couple of different Grinds:


1.) First up is a dual convex V-grind; 3″ blades; 3/16″ thick blade

2.) Second up… Flat chisel-grind; 2 1/2″ blades; 3/16″ thick blade

3.) Third prototype is a flat chisel-grind; 3″ primary edge, 2 1/2″ front edge; 1/8″ thick blade.

Here are the comparison shots… (1, 2, 3)

Here is a picture so you can get an idea of the size:

So Which One do You Like the Most? 1, 2 or 3 ?

UPDATE – Get your DVM Pocket Cleaver HERE >>>

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37 thoughts on “DVM GEAR: DVM Pocket Cleaver Sneak Preview”

  1. Tough decision, of those — probably #3. If #3 had a V-grind, then for sure. All of them are really nice, but the dimensions on #3 I like the best, really no reason I can come up with.
    I hope you do produce any one of them, I’d be really interested.

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    1. They are being made – we just put in the order for the materials, they will be for sale next week

      ~James G

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      1. Number three, for sure and how much?

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  2. Great article, James! After handling all of these, they will all serve many utility and defensive purposes. For general use, or EDC, I prefer either #2, or #3 just based on size and weight. Of the three, I would have to declare #3 my favorite overall.

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  3. I like the 3. Maybe make it a half inch longer. It looks the handiest of the bunch, and the height to width ratio looks pretty good.

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  4. The convex V-grind looks really sweet to me! That should be a versatile tool and easy to resharpen even in the field. The thick spine should make it a great tool for batoning and processing wood but still useful for food preparation or even more delicate carving tasks. The other blade shapes are to specialized in my opinion. Most people are blown away when they see how many tasks you can performe with a convex grinded axe so this bad boy should be a home run!

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  5. I think the size of number 3 would be the best choice for a good utility/EDC “knife”.

    Maybe add a little choil and gimping to the top of the blade (where your thumb is on the last image) to assist with detail work while using the point/corner.

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  6. Number 3, would appear to have the best of all worlds, longer primary edge, a secondary edge and chisel ground, these would handle all the cutting chores any user could throw at it. Nice job!

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  7. I would take a #3 over the other 2. Looks like it would make a great camp knife.

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  8. #3 looks awesome. I want one.

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  9. I don’t get it, you don’t have the ability to effectively stab with it like you would a knife, and (because it’s short-handled, lacking a real shaft) you don’t really have the chopping ability like you would with an axe/hatchet. Might be great in the kitchen, or butchering game in the field, but I think it’s too big a design-compromise to be effective for personal defense.

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  10. Go with the 3

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  11. I like #3. I like to have a SOG Tomahawk in my pack or tucked in my belly strap on my pack for GP use. This would be an ideal replacement and would cut down on volume. Maybe have a bit of the tang exposed in a nice v at the base of the handle to open walnuts or dimple a noggin.

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  12. Three – it seems unanimous.

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  13. No. 3, size, function and utility optimized.

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  14. Another vote for #3 in regards to all around versatility. What is the weight like as far as hanging it around your neck on a lanyard?

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  15. I would pick #3. Please let me know when these are available. I want to add to my collection.

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  16. I hate to buck the crowd but I like #1. It looks like you could sharpen it to a surgeons scalpel edge. It would be great kitchen chopper/meat cutter.

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    1. I’m with you on that like I said above. Just because 3 looks cool doesn’t make it a good solution. No offense folks!

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  17. #3. Please keep us posted on it’s development. I want/need several.

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  18. Actually, I’m in the #1 camp. I think #3 has gone from chisel grind, to chisel. Could be because I used to cook. Anyway, I think #1, with a little more belly, would be the most versatile.

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  19. Actually I do like #1 the most and I’ll state a few reasons why.

    1 – For a cleaver to be used in a majority of its good cuts/chops, a good deal of weight is needed on the blade, #1 looks to weigh the most.
    2 – There is a difference between a meat and a bone cleaver, and for combat I wouldn’t accept anything that couldn’t cut or break bones, #1 seems like it could get the most done.
    3 – The convex V grind is a cool idea, giving a better stabbing edge/tip but I don’t think it’s totally necessary to grind it all the way to the back of the blade.

    I like them all, the idea is great and I’m sure there are many Chinese who this blade could be marketed to and also some of my martial arts brothers. Our family style uses bone cleavers as one of our hand to hand edged weapons.

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  20. Here’s my vote for #3

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  21. 3, all the way. I am only curious about the price. My only critique is I am not seeing a DVM logo on it.

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  22. James, I gotta go with Number 1 simply due to the length and thickness of the blade. I like a beefy blade bro, especially if i need to uhh, you know, use it. Maybe I missed it somewhere but what kind of steel is it? I’m guessing 1095?

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  23. #3 looks good to go

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  24. The convex grind on #1 is stronger than the others but I prefer the size and dimensions on #3.

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  25. I gotta go with No.1
    Maybe it’s just the chef in me, but #1 looks most versatile of the three.
    Also, I just know that it’ll be the easiest to sharpen when the time comes.

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  26. #3 for me! It doesn’t look “blocky” and also looks like it would be better balanced.

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  27. These prototypes are made with O-1 tool steel. The sprint run will be D-2 tool steel.

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  28. either #2 or #3 would be fine. But the two big questions are, when will it be at the DVM store,, the other question is ,,,,,MSRP?

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  29. How long until those cleavers are for sale? They’re bad ass!

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  30. Hi DVM,

    May i ask about the type of steel that’s used in the blade?
    154CM?

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  31. please add me to your email.

    Thank You,

    Brett

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  32. Just a lurker here…#3…tell me how much and where to send my money!

    Michael B

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  33. Brilliant! I want a pair of number 3′s!

    Dr. H

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  34. #3 I backpack & Bivy hunt. Wt. and multi-application is Key.

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