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Should work just fine with a push cut if you start in the front half or back half of the cleaver. Starting in the middle with a belly you need to rock a little at the end to make contact with the raised heel.

That's my experience with a suien vc, one of the more big belly cleavers. I don't have to rock at all with my other cleavers. I also have a flattened out suien vc so yes it is possible. Just do the middle part with a coarse stone more every time you sharpen. Over time it'll flatten out. It's easy on carbon steel.

You're not the first to consider flattening it. Same cleaver, left is flattened, right is not:


I use both.
 
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