Mcusta Zanmai "Becho Chinese Chef" VG10 Damascus 180mm Chuka Bocho

by Mcusta Zanmai


It's rare for damascus steel to be used on a Chuka Bocho (Japanese made Chinese Cleaver), and this Zanmai is the first one we have seen. You have to see it to appreciate how amazing it looks. VG10 as core steel, clad with 33-layer Damascus stainless steel, heat-treated to 60 HRC, and hand-sharpened to perfect sharpness, this Zanmai "Becho Chinese Chef" Chuka Bocho has a spine thickness of only 2.1mm and a beautiful thin grind, which enables superb cutting performance. Zanmai's signature fit and finish can be seen all over this knife, from the finely polished choil and spine to the unique hexagonal pakkawood handle with nickel silver kuchiwa. 

This cleaver is not designed for cutting into bones.


  • Origin (Made in): Seki, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Brand: Mcusta Zanmai
  • Model No.: ZCB-2001D
  • Knife Type: Chuka Bocho
  • Blade
    • Construction: San Mai
    • Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
    • Hagane (Core Steel): VG10
    • Jigane (Cladding): Stainless Steel
    • Hardness: 60 HRC
    • Hand-sharpened
  • Blade Finishes: Damascus
  • Blade Length: 180mm (7.1") 
  • Blade Height (at heel): 86mm
  • Spine Thickness
    • Above heel: 2.1mm 
    • Middle: 2.1mm
  • Handle
    • Shape: Rokkaku (Hexagonal) 
    • Material: Black Pakkawood
    • Kuchiwa: Nickel Silver
    • Length: 115mm
  • Overall Length: 303mm
  • Weight: 349g (12.31oz)
  • Mark (Front): In Japanese Kanji "Zanmai" (三昧) ; Mcusta Zanmai logo ; "33 Layers VG-10 Damascus Steel" ; "Made in Japan"
  • Mark (Back): Special logo in Japanese Kanji "Becho" (別誂) ; 

    About Mcusta Zanmai 三昧

    Mcusta Zanmai is based in Seki City of Japan, a town with over 800 years of swordsmithing history. While embracing Seki's blade-making traditions, Zanmai is also bringing innovative technologies such as CNC machine and laser cutting into the workshop, making the brand a rare and seamless integration of craftsman traditions and modern technologies. Zanmai knives have unique handles that not only pay homage to traditional Wa handle design, but also bringing innovations such as high temperature compressed layers of natural Pakkawood to create polished and strong handles. Zanmai's laser cutting of VG10 steel produces high precision finish on monosteel blades. Mcusta craftsmen finish each knife on Japanese Waterstones to give their knives refined looks.


    Wash and dry with a soft sponge, and safely store after use. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.

    Cutting Surface:

    Wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethylene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.


    We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives.

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