Please read our Terms below for details. Hand-forged in Solingen, Germany by J. Henckels sometime in the early-mid 20th Century, this outstanding vintage professional chef's meat cleaver is as effective in use as it is beautiful to look at, and as the photos show that's saying quite a bit. Condition is AMAZING and as you can see it still possesses its original blade sticker from the factory, indicating that it has been used VERY little, possibly never; it has a bit of color on its carbon steel blade but considering that it may well be a hundred years old that isn't too bad.
It's one of the largest and most heavy-duty cleavers you'll ever see from this legendary German maker, made with a heavy duty 8.25" x 5.5" blade that's capable of dispatching just about anything your kitchen can throw at it. It's 15 overall and weighs in at 41.4 ounce, more than two and a half POUNDS.
It's ready to serve a useful lifetime at work in your kitchen, butcher shop or meat locker, and whether you're using it to butcher game or livestock, or for all-purpose cooking, it's one of the most effective cleavers you'll ever use. It's very difficult to find knives of this vintage, though you'll certainly want to, since the handle is African ebony of the highest quality rather than plastic and the blade was hand-forged from crucible cast steel (as was the norm prior to 1987) rather than from recycled steel stock, as is the practice today. The difference is real-I've had several contemporary knives SNAP in mid-use, but I've NEVER had a vintage one do it, and as a serious collector of vintage kitchen knives, I use the vintage ones in my own kitchen FAR more often. A very slight amount of contaminant in recycled steel can be made quite evident under the stress of even normal usage. Its riveted ebony handle gives the knife a warmth and a feel you just can't duplicate with the plastic that dominates the market in contemporary knives.
Especially nice about it is the fatted tang, thickening toward the pommel--rare for a butcher knife, MUCH more rare for a cleaver. Condition is excellent with no problems of any kind. We urge the utmost in caution or a careless user may find himself in the ER in need of fingers. Also makes an excellent and surprising gift for the amateur or pro chef on your list. 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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It is YOUR responsibility to maintain an address that is reachable at all times. We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "BEAUTIFUL Antique HENCKELS Chef's XL Carbon Steel Meat Cleaver Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Sunday, September 11, 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.