Antique French Zoomorphic Folk Art Figural Fox Chef/Butchers Meat Cleaver Knife

Antique French Zoomorphic Folk Art Figural Fox Chef/Butchers Meat Cleaver Knife

Antique French Zoomorphic Folk Art Figural Fox Chef/Butchers Meat Cleaver Knife
Please read our Terms below for details. This beautifully preserved antique piece is one I've owned for some years, a barn-sale find in the French countryside near Thiers at a time when that region was still very rural and legitimate bargains could still be found on fine cutlery and sometimes on primitives in general. It is half top-quality antique cutlery and half vernacular folk-art. Hand-made by a very talented craftsman, perhaps even by the original chicken farmer who used it, it was expertly hand-forged with a carbon steel blade that's shaped like a fox, and a handle shaped like its tail, or at least where its tail would be.

Condition is used but remarkable, as you can plainly see in the photos. Its considerable collector value is nearly upstaged by the excellent performance one may still expect from it in use. It isn't overly heavy, like most meat cleavers and was probably made almost exclusively for use with chickens and other fowl.

Its comparatively light weight (21.8 ounces) and its shape make it equally suitable for slicing and cutting meat as it is for your toughest cutting and chopping. For the purpose of this sale we've had it professionally edged and it's now RAZOR sharp to thrill even the most jaded user. The quality of the steel used in it is excellent, and the handle, too, is was made with great skill, using ox-horn handle scales brass birdseye-riveted over a full tang, then reinforced at bolster and pommel with solid brass.

Most spectacular about it, though, is the seamless integration of the ornamental with the utilitarian, a reflection, perhaps, of the integral role that spirituality played in the daily lives of our nearly-lost agrarian past. Despite its naive simplicity, the fox, animated by the placement of a single eye, manages to strike a naturalistic pose of dignity and psychological acuity--more art than craft in that respect, I think. The relationship between a farmer raising chickens and any fox is legendarily antagonistic, but the maker of this cleaver honored his foe as an equal, at least insofar as it applied to dispatching those chickens into the great beyond! Should you choose to use it, it comes in a nice medium size for home or professional chef to use, measuring 11" long with 8-3/8" cutting surface on bottom of the blade. In every respect a truly great find for chef or folk-art lover alike.

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Antique French Zoomorphic Folk Art Figural Fox Chef/Butchers Meat Cleaver Knife


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