Without a doubt, this is not only one of the single most beautiful Swiss-style meat cleavers either one of us will ever see, it's also a bit of history and represents a bit of a time-machine to help us travel back into the deepest history of the French cutlery industry. It's in remarkably well-preserved condition, hand-forged by the maker Gonon-Gironde, whose makers' markings are proudly stamped into its blade.
At the time of this piece's making, Gonon was no mere cutler, but was a TAILLANDIER , a blacksmith who specialized in the making one by one cutting tools for farmers, butchers and occasionally for chefs, butchers and other users. The use of the word taillandier in French is, in itself, a bit of an anachronism, sort of like calling Barnes & Noble a bookbinder.
The word fell almost completely from use in the late 1800's and, combined with the overall look of this cleaver helps us date it to the mid 1800's. Just look at it--a thing of great beauty from another era altogether.When we recently acquired a collection of old cutlery items from an estate in the Puy-de-Dome area, this cleaver stood right out as one of the true gems of the collection and it is by far the oldest. And think about this: we WISH we could have another one like it to offer but won't. And yet, after more than 150 years it remains one of the most useful and effective meat cleavers you'll ever use. This extraordinary cleaver is one of the finest of its kind ever made to chop meats when you only want to chop once.
It was produced with great expertise and is one of the most balanced and comfortable cleavers you'll ever wield--large but never out of balance in your hand. It comes with a very heavy duty, carbon steel blade that's capable of dispatching anything your kitchen can throw at it, measuring 11" long and 5.25" wide (it's 15.25 overall) and sharpened all the way around its curvature, permitting it to be used for slicing, too, trimming meats with minimal waste. Weighing in at an impressive 26.6 ounces--just right for most chefs. Condition is nothing short of astonishingly well-preserved. For the purpose of this sale it has been given a professionally applied edge that is RAZOR SHARP; caution, please, or a careless user may find himself in the E.
In search of a new hand. As you can see in the photos, it is also quite beautiful, with gorgeously figured fruitwood handles (probably quince, as was common in France at the time) hafted onto a full and tapered tang with beautifully hand-wrought iron rivets, as you can see in the photos. Its wood handles give it 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 tapered tang, feathering thinner toward the pommel--rare for a butcher knife, MUCH more rare for a cleaver.Handle is solid and entirely free of the hairlines that all too often bedevil cleavers of his vintage. 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. Don't see it or can't find what you're looking for? It's wrong--it's STEALING--and you WILL be turned in to us by one of the legion of our loyal customers, who inevitably see your plagiarism and notify us about it. All items come from a smoke-free home.
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But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "FINEST Antique GONON-GIRONDE French Chef's Hand-forged Meat Swiss Cleaver Knife" is in sale since Tuesday, March 06, 2018. 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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