The folks at White River Knives (WRK) in Michigan make superlative blades and this full-tanged beauty is no exception.
A supremely comfortable OD Micarta-clad handle--much like that of the outstanding WRK Ursus 45 (which I also picked up from Northwest Knives)--greets your palm the moment you unsheathe this cleaver. The tried-and-true S35VN stonewashed steel blade and deceptively light yet effective chopping platform can easily make long hours of food prep a cinch--and a delight! The thick, high-quality leather sheath and handcrafted wooden box in which to store both complete the package.
All in all, you get a well-rounded, USA-made elegant piece of cutlery that's equally at ease in the kitchen or at your campsite. Also, you risk nothing if you purchase any WRK product: WRK will repair or replace it if you're not 100% satisfied. How often do you see that kind of guarantee anymore?
I love using this cleaver so much I conjure up any excuse to find meat, fruits and vegetables, nuts, etc., just to chop and slice them under the attentive curved blade of this highly comfortable work of art! It exudes QUALITY.
White River Knives, a family-owned company, is one I'm proud to support. Having spoken with them on the phone, I can tell you they're honest, hardworking people who produce fine knives. These, your fellow Americans, do their best to keep USA-made products a cut (ahem) above the rest; you'll do your part when you buy their awesome wares.
Finally, Northwest Knives is great! Aaron, the owner, is friendly, knowledgeable, trustworthy, AND he patiently answered my myriad questions on the phone. (I don't live anywhere near Idaho, so buying online is always a risk if a person doesn't know with whom he's dealing.) And, like the good people at WRK, he is "good people." Would I do business with Northwest Knives or White River Knives again? Absolutely!
In closing, I have only one warning: once you buy this cleaver, you'll be tempted to buy another!