A meat cleaver knife is a large knife with a rectangular blade that resembles a hatchet. It is primarily used as a kitchen or butcher knife to hack through bone. The broadside of the knife can also be used for crushing in food preparation (such as garlic). Japanese kitchen knives are among the best you can buy. They are typically made from much tougher steel than their European counterparts, making them thinner and lighter, but most importantly, sharper.