Please read our Terms below for details. Because this specimen has a VERY minor, VERY superficial hairline on the underside of its handle (see pics) we've reduced its price by FIFTY BUCKS, rendering that hairline the hallmark of a great bargain. It's rock solid and will stay that way so long as you don't abuse it--a GREAT cleaver at an even better price. Marked on its hand-forged blade, CW DUNLAP & Co. NEW YORK, you're looking at one of the finest pieces of professional cutlery ever produced in the USA, and, I would bet, the very first piece manufactured in this country that adheres to a strictly Asian form.
Though it bears the Dunlap name, this was an early distributor and the piece was actually manufactured in the late 19th/VERY early 20th Century by Landers, Frary and Clark, perhaps as part of the worlds then-growing Art Nouveau obsession with Asian forms in all things from textiles and furniture to pottery and jewelry. You may be forgiven for thinking of it as something like a Chinese chef's cleaver on steroids, in the best possible sense of that idea. I say that because it represents a perfect synthesis of two great traditions: the classical profile of an Oriental chef's vegetable cleaver knife married to the much more sturdy and technologically superior forging and hafting techniques of the late Industrial Revolution in America, when all things were being made to outlast their makers.Its beautiful blade was hand-forged from fine, virgin carbon cutlery steel at a time when such attention to quality was the norm rather than the exception, and it has everything going for it one could hope to have in a chef's knife. In addition to the superb quality of its carbon steel, it was hafted with a beautiful turned birch handle, pierced through with a full tang, bolstered with a long steel cone and pommeled with a solid steel dome. Its most striking design element is, though, by far, the elongated bolster, which fixes the blade to the handle. It serves not only to fasten the blade, but also to provide your hand the perfect resting place for the perfect grip to afford pinpoint control. In my esteem, however, the knife's single most desirable quality is the lightness, balance and speed that it enjoys in the hand.
This is NOT just a butcher's meat cleaver for hacking ribs apart (though it will do that, too, beautifully). It is also a graceful giant, capable of turning your inner demon loose in the kitchen, to the utter horror of onions, celery, mushrooms or anything else you need to chop fast and furious. I have never seen another knife of this size and shape handle so well--you could easily accomplish any job in the kitchen with it, including precision work of every description.It's in very good condition, as the photos show, with a full blade and undamaged handles--ready for another lifetime or two of outstanding service. It may appear that the bolster could be better fitted but it's ROCK solid and not loose at all, so I don't recommending trying to fix what isn't broken. This exceptional knife was recently given an EXTREMELY sharp professional edge and must be treated with extreme care or will land a careless user in the ER needing stitches. In the old days, many classically trained French chefs didn't consider a knife fit for professional use until it received its first "working" edge upon receipt from the factory. Sushi chefs continue this tradition with their rituals of water stones and the resulting keen of their blades is virtually alien to casual (and to many professional) users of Western indoctrination. This knife comes pretty close to just that kind of sharpness and you'll have no trouble finding a myriad of uses for it. If you've never used carbon steel knives before, you're in for a treat. Only a true carbon steel blade can consistently attain the razor-sharp edge that makes using it a true pleasure you must wipe the knife after every use to avoid stains and rusting, but will be richly rewarded with superior performance! Whether you're a chef, collector or simply someone who appreciates fine cutlery for any purpose, here's an excellent opportunity to upgrade your arsenal with something singularly special.
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The item "Blemished Antique DUNLAP Carbon Steel Oriental Chef Cleaver Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Sunday, May 29, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Utensils\Cutlery". The seller is "ralph1396" and is located in Los Angeles, California.
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