Please read our Terms below for details. This is another piece for which the digital photos simply don't convey the solid quality, beauty and craftsmanship with which it was made. It is, without a doubt, one of the very finest cleavers of its kind ever made. Measuring 20.5" long with a blade that's 11" long by 9" wide and 1/4" thick, this INCREDIBLY large and frightening butcher's meat cleaver (actually, more like a 2-handed meat axe) was made in France by Rival, though its stamp with the company's panther logo is no longer visible. It came to us as part of a rather large collection of fine vintage cutlery items from an estate in France, and was probably used in that country for slaughter and splitting of larger livestock, especially beef.
Used to slaughter livestock with a single blow remember that scene from the movie Apocalypse Now? , and for splitting a carcass into halves and quarters (one could use it to joint the carcass of a dinosaur) it's the stuff of nightmares, unless you actually needed to use one, in which case it's a dream come true--as fine a tool as has ever been made to do the job. Unlike German or American splitters of this size, its blade was forged in the shape of a Swiss Cleaver, sharpened all the way around to its point--a VERY handy feature.
Swiss cleavers are legendary in the meat processing industry (ask any older butcher or meatpacker) for the exceptionally fine quality of their blades and for the balance and comfort with which they are handled in use. Most Swiss Cleavers, however, were made with a hidden, rat-tail tang through a round handle but this is a rare example found with a full tang hafted with three extra-large birdseye rivets instead.The entire piece is in exceptionally well-preserved condition with no problems of any kind; blade is full, handle is free of any cracks, hairlines or looseness, despite well over a century of use. The grace and beauty with which it has been made truly sets it apart from comparable American or German pieces, leaving us to wonder about the skill and talent of the men whose lifelong calling it was to forge bladed tools and weapons like this. It is, afterall, that skill and talent which have kept the enormous head fixed tight and strong, and there is no doubt you could use this item today without fear of failure or breakage, despite its obvious age.
Whether you are someone who slaughters their own livestock or butchers their own game, or just someone with an interest in bladed weapons and tools, you'll instantly appreciate the beauty of this monster. Our store's inventory is searchable using the search field or may be browsed by clicking on categories, with each option found on the left side of the store's homepage.
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But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "Antique RIVAL France Butcher's 2-hand Slaughterhouse Meat Cleaver RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Wednesday, June 15, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Utensils\Cutlery". The seller is "ralph1396" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.