Many Chinese home cooks rely exclusively on one knife for multiple tasks, and this wide blade knife fits the bill. This Chinese cooking knife is a most versatile tool, able to effortlessly slice meats and vegetables. The side of the blade can easily crush garlic, and you can use the flat blade to transfer food directly to the wok, a feature that comes in handy when preparing stir-fries. Although the Chinese cooking knife resembles a Western cleaver, do not use this knife to cut through bones as this may damage the knife's edge.
Here is an educational resource for Maintaining Knife Quality.