A cleaver is a large knife that can vary in shape. It very often resembles a square bladed hatchet, but is not the same as a hatchet, due to different uses.
A cleaver is especially useful when chopping up meat and bones for a stock. It’s also great when dealing with lobster.
Although the meat cleaver may not be as useful as a knife for carving a turkey or peeling an onion, it is certainly an helpful tool in the kitchen.
Its formidable size and weight make it an impressive adversary for the toughest bone or shell.