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 ?