As you can see in the photos, it was made by someone with the initials E. To my utter dismay I have been unable to learn who E. Was and that is truly a shame because that guy deserves to come forward and take a bow. The design, materials, condition and especially the craftsmanship of this piece are second to NONE and for even the most discriminating collectors this is the kind of piece that deserves to be the centerpiece of their collection. If you plan to use it, you'll find none finer at any price, and NOTHING so strikingly beautiful as this.
At first glance one could be forgiven for thinking that this cleaver is older than 1978, because it was made in an antique style, complete with some beautiful forge-finish left on its carbon steel blade--not only to give it an antique appearance but also to retard rust. Blade was completely hand-forged with a figural dragon's head that is uniquely three-dimensional, complete with horns and teeth!Handles are beautifully grained desert ironwood, I believe, hafted with copper-inside-brass birdseye rivets over a full and fatted tang. Notice the attention to detail throughout--especially on the file-worked spine of its blade. Grip is ergonomically correct and you could use a piece like this all day and night without fatigue. Though we have not sharpened it its blade is WICKEDLY sharp and we urge the utmost caution or a careless user may very well find himself in the E. It is a rare piece in terms of sheer beauty and utility but most striking about it is its maker's seamless integration of utilitarian excellence and primitive beauty. It was long ago common in Europe to make cleavers in the shape of animals, either of those to be butchers poultry, pigs, horses even! Or of those who preyed upon them (foxes, weasels, cats), as if invoking some pre-Christian gods of the eternal butcher's flame. It makes pieces like this especially desirable for being half expertly produced cutlery and half folk-art. Condition is superb and I doubt it has ever been used. Measures 9.5" long, 4-1/8" long across the edge, and 4.25 wide and weighing in at a VERY hefty 19.6 ounces. By every measure, though a truly great, heirloom-quality find for user or collector alike and one of the finest pieces of cutlery ever made that you will be proud to pass along to future generations. 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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The seller is "ralph1396" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.