CRKT Minimalist cleaver vs KAI Wasabi Black Yanagiba 8 1/4" Kitchen Knife 6721Y

  • Great for camping and survival
  • Sharp out of the box
  • Feels great in hand
  • Packaging is simple but satisfying to open
  • Design is killer
  • Great for beginners
  • Metal is very soft - easy to get a sharp edge, but it doesn't hold it long
  • Not full tang
  • Good quality, comfortable knives that will be durable
  • Retained edges after 4 months of use

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Weight

CRKT Minimalist cleaver
Topic of the Week - Week of February 22, 2021 - Packing your fears
Through many others, I finally have been using the CRKT minimalist and actually just ordered a SpyderCo LadyBug (supposed to be about 15 g). I don’t think I’ll ever be someone who ditches a knife completely or goes the razor blade route, but I’ve definitely shaved a lot of weight over the years.
KAI Wasabi Black Yanagiba 8 1/4" Kitchen Knife 6721Y
Not really a true single edge knife
For a 6 inch knife, the blade is too heavy and way too thick, it’s original purpose notwithstanding. When cutting hard vegetable like carrots, the thick blade tends to break pieces off rather than cut smoothly. It is not a true single bevel knife. There is a small secondary bevel on the blade. I am ...
2/5
W. Donald Braceland
3 years ago
amazon.com
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Blade

CRKT Minimalist cleaver
CRKT Minimalist Cleaver
The packaging was simple but very nice. It was a green CRKT small box that had the brand written in white. Sturdy cardboard and very satisfying to open. The unit inside was placed inside a plastic sleeve in it's plastic carry sheath. It came with a belt clip and lanyard and can only be mounted longw...
5/5
Ryan M.
1 year ago
smkw.com
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KAI Wasabi Black Yanagiba 8 1/4" Kitchen Knife 6721Y
Quality FAR exceeds price!
Considering I've been an avid knife collector for quite some time and the fact that I also sharpen knives professionally, I consider myself a bit of a knife snob at this point. That being said, I honestly wasn't expecting very much when I saw these kitchen knives at a price of less than $30 per knif...
5/5
D. Schwemin
6 years ago
amazon.com
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Handle

CRKT Minimalist cleaver
Outer layer of handle wears thin.
The outer layer of the handle is so thin that it is worn through in multiple spots straight from the seller. It gives the handle of the knife a very shop-worn appearance right out of the box. It makes it look like someone has used the handle portion of the knife for a long time.
2/5
Amazon Customer
2 years ago
amazon.com
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KAI Wasabi Black Yanagiba 8 1/4" Kitchen Knife 6721Y
These are great value brand knifes - Wasabi Black Santoku 6721Y
Pros: Sharp Free sharpening for life provided by Kai Wasabi (makers of Shun) Good value to price Really great for slicing large cuts meets into thin un-damaged slices Cons: Plastic Handel No VG10 steel Other thoughts: The cutting edge and weight are really nice, although a bit toward the lighter sid...
5/5
Nick Glazer
8 years ago
amazon.com
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Price/value Ratio

CRKT Minimalist cleaver
CRKT Minimalist Cleaver
The packaging was simple but very nice. It was a green CRKT small box that had the brand written in white. Sturdy cardboard and very satisfying to open. The unit inside was placed inside a plastic sleeve in it's plastic carry sheath. It came with a belt clip and lanyard and can only be mounted longw...
5/5
Ryan M.
1 year ago
smkw.com
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KAI Wasabi Black Yanagiba 8 1/4" Kitchen Knife 6721Y
Quality FAR exceeds price!
Considering I've been an avid knife collector for quite some time and the fact that I also sharpen knives professionally, I consider myself a bit of a knife snob at this point. That being said, I honestly wasn't expecting very much when I saw these kitchen knives at a price of less than $30 per knif...
5/5
D. Schwemin
6 years ago
amazon.com
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Durability

CRKT Minimalist cleaver
Great little knife. Would make a great gift.
Great little knife. Comes razor sharp. Sheath is secure but if I comes loose I will just heat the plastic and push together to make it tighter again. Highly recommended, especially for under $30. Also very small so keep that in mind.
5/5
Jovana Muñoz
1 year ago
amazon.com
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KAI Wasabi Black Yanagiba 8 1/4" Kitchen Knife 6721Y
LOVE this knife and use it often!
I had this knife on my wishlist for a couple of years before I finally splurged and got it. I'm not a fancy knife person, I just need sharp, good quality, comfortable knives that will be durable. My bff gifted me with a Kai Wasabi Utility knife several years ago and I've been delighted with it so I'...
5/5
T-Dub
3 years ago
amazon.com
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