ZWILLING Pro 4.5-inch, Mini-Cleaver

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The universal cooking tool for chopping

  • For chopping vegetables and meat
  • Balanced weight ratio
  • Muscular strength not required
ZWILLING Pro 4.5-inch Mini-Cleaver is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 52.
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Sometimes a chopper is required for preparation work in the kitchen, primarily for chopping garlic or cleaving a chicken. A normal chef's knife is not always suitable for chopping vegetables or meat. It can even be dangerous when there is a chance of slipping. In such situations, it’s better to reach for a solid chopper with special blade design that doesn’t require muscular strength even when cleaving tough pieces of meat. The ZWILLING Pro series mini chopper boasts a balanced weight ratio and sits particularly comfortably in the hand with its 12 cm blade. The blade of the SIGMAFORGE knife is forged from a single piece of steel. Made from special formula stainless steel, it is especially corrosion-proof and durable. During manufacture, FRIODUR blades are additionally refined with special ice-hardening. In addition to its exceptionally high quality, the chopper impresses with its functionality and attractive design. The plastic ergonomic handle facilitates effortless and safe working and boasts a classic 3-rivet design. Thanks to its shape and slightly curved bottom, the chopper continues to sit comfortably in the hand even after prolonged work. This premium ZWILLING Pro series chopper makes cooking even more fun.

  • Curved bolster supports the professional pinch grip for safe, comfortable cutting
  • Entire length of the blade can be used for cutting
  • Full tang ensures the blade is exceptionally strong
  • Blades are sharpened and polished by hand
  • Made in Germany


  • Item no. 38415-123
  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Substance: special formula steel
  • Type of handle: exposed tang
  • Type of edge: fine edge
  • Edge finishing: V-edge
  • Manufacturing method: forged
  • Blade hardness (HRC): 55-58 HRC
  • Colour handle: black matte
  • Substance handle: plastic
  • Net weight: 0.39 lbs
  • Length of product: 8.86 in
  • Width of product: 0.55 in
  • Height of product: 1.97 in
  • Blade length: 4.72 in
  • Handle length: 4.53 in
  • Handle width: 0.55 in
  • Blade width: 0.08 in
  • Blade thickness: 0.08 in
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ZWILLING Pro is our most chef-friendly knife on the market. These versatile knives were designed to support the professional pinch grip for safe and controlled use.


Unique curved bolster acts as an extension of the hand, encouraging cutting with improved precision, safety, and comfort.


Proudly made in Germany, our specially formulated German stainless steel has been perfected for almost 300 years.


As the largest manufacturer of knives globally, we own our factories so we can control the quality at every step of production

ZWILLING Pro 4.5-inch Mini-Cleaver is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 52.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works like a small chef knife! A mini cleaver is as good as prep knife, great for chopping, cutting and mincing. We gifted this to a friend housewarming gift set, she tells me this is her daily go-to knife for almost everything even chopping chicken wings and dicing meat. So comfortable in her hands, she love that curve bolster for pinch grip, works like a small wide chef knife and wide enough to scoop from the cutting board. This knife is also her tools to scoop food from the cutting board after chopping, perfect for garlic, small onion, great for chives and scallions, cilantro, and many more herbs this knife can cut.
Date published: 2020-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An adorable cleaver (Cleaverette?) I got this cleaver on a whim when shopping for other specific knives my boyfriend had mentioned he wanted. He has mentioned before that he would like a cleaver--this seemed like a perfect way to test the waters. It's hilariously small yet still effective! It has a good weight and good balance, and he used it to cut a large spaghetti squash fairly easily (1 strike, plus some pushing to get the knife all the way through). My only regret was assuming that the knife would fit in our Zwilling knife block, but the blade is too wide. I ended up buying a cleaver sheath but wish that could have been from Zwilling as well.
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Sharp at All. My $10 Ikea Knife Works Better! I purchased this 4.5 inch mini-cleaver directly from Bath Bed & Beyond last month and was so excited to try it when it arrived. However, I was incredibly disappointed by how blunt the knife is (even after my attempts to sharpen it). For comparison, my $10 knife set from Ikea from years ago is much sharper and works better which really shocked me. Not sure if I was just unlucky given that everyone else seems to be giving this knife 5 star reviews everywhere online (including Amazon, Macy's, and Bed Bath & Beyond). VERY DISAPPOINTED and very confused where all these positive 5 star reviews are coming from.
Date published: 2021-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cute cleaver Can you say a knife is cute? Well I’m saying it for this knife, it definitely is cute! A perfect blade to accompany that amazing charcuterie or dessert board, this knife being smaller in size, is great for slicing and chopping fruits, veggies, cheese, and even starchy foods like potatoes. Not as daunting in size, this is a great cleaver that can still be used on a cutting board. With this forged stainless steel knife that has been ice hardened, you get a very sharp and durable cleaver. With the curved bolster, it provides easy gripping and comfort from the blade to handle and won’t wear out your hand.
Date published: 2020-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect little chopper So many cleavers are too big and heavy. They rely on the heft to tear through food rather than the quality of the blade. This mini is perfect. Even though it is smaller in size it still gets the job done. The German made forged blade is very sharp and strong. The curved bolster of the Pro line makes it so comfortable to hold and combined with the traditional three rivet handle gives me confidence in my safety when I am using it. The blade is super sharp and makes quick work of vegetables and spatchcocking poultry.
Date published: 2020-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can you call it "cute"! Don't underestimate this mini cleaver just because it's cute! Although not much longer than a paring knife the blade is broad and weightier so it is great for chopping, cutting and mincing. As with all Pro series knives it is made from specially formulated stainless steel and ice hardened resulting in a very sharp corrosion resistant and chip resistant blade. The signature curved bolster provides the most comfortable pinch grip.
Date published: 2020-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cleaver for every day! You have to get this cleaver in your hand to appreciate the size and comfort. The innovative curved bolster with the rise is a perfectly comfortable spot for your thumb and index finger. Sharp, balanced and weighted perfectly for every day uses. I use this for smashing garlic and ginger. It's great for lots of chopping! I like the classic three rivet look. Add this to your Pro collection.
Date published: 2020-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When I first saw this knife I wasn't sure what to do with it. Found out I could do lots with this little cleaver. Does a great job of breaking down a chicken. Small enough to get between the joints and heavy enough to cut through cleanly. I also discovered this is perfect for slicing hard cheese and salami. Definitely a conversation starter when it's put on a cheese platter!
Date published: 2020-04-14
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Looking for a larger cleaver in the Pro series. 4.5 inch appears to be just a fancy cheese slicer.

Asked by: JPnWY
Behold, your quest fulfilled.
Answered by: CrankyTankie
Date published: 2018-03-16
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