Its somewhat Gothic outline is very consistent with older cleavers we've seen in Italy over the years, most of which were made not in any factory but by the local village blacksmith or sometimes even by the farmer or butcher who first intended to use it. Regardless of its manufacturing origin, there can be no disputing its sheer beauty and utility. Hand-forged from some very fine carbon steel, this incredible piece is as useful today as it was when it was first forged. In terms of its design, materials, craftsmanship and performance, it has EVERYTHING going for it one could hope and more. In terms of condition, it has seen plenty of use but has no problems of any kind--it's rock solid and will stay that way if not abused.
For the purpose of this sale we've had it professionally sharpened to a RAZOR's edge and it will now thrill even the most jaded user. The genius of the piece is that it enjoys considerable heft in the hand, but overall the piece is comparatively manageable and can be used as a chef knife for finer work, even carving and slicing. It's hand-forged blade was made with carbon steel that's expertly ground with a taper toward the cutting edge, making it as suitable for slicing and cutting meat as it is for your toughest cutting and boning and chopping.The handle of this piece is segments of ox-horn sandwiched by long, thick bolsters and pommel made of solid brass over its full tang. Most spectacular about it, though, is the seamless integration of the ornamental with the utilitarian, a reflection, perhaps, of the integral role that a nearly-spiritual respect for work played in the daily lives of our nearly-lost agrarian past--a VERY Italian trait. This profound respect was often found expressed in the construction of the tools used to accomplish work, especially in the trades, to which butchers once belonged, and as such, the piece is as much folk art as mere craftsmanship in that respect, I think. I'm not one to put much faith in the talismanic power of inanimate objects, but this piece does tempt me to reconsider! Comes in a nice medium size for home or professional chef to use, measuring 13" long, 8" along the edge. In every respect a truly great find for chef or folk-art lover alike. 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!!Listing created with eLister 3.1.2 for Macintosh. The item "FINE Antique Italian Chef's Zoomorphic Meat Cleaver/Butcher Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Saturday, October 22, 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.