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This beautifully preserved antique cleaver came to us from Southern Italy near Calabria and one needs only to take a peek at it to recognize it as something well above and beyond the normal hand-wrought quality we associate with the finest vintage cleavers. Regardless of whether its manufacturing origin, there can be no disputing its sheer beauty and utility. It was made with a somewhat French, birdshead handle that is consistent with older cleavers I've seen in Italy over the years, most of which were made not in any factory but by the local village blacksmith. Its blade is also somewhat suggestive of a zoomorphic form, hand-forged from some thick, very fine carbon steel and is as useful today as it was when it was first forged. In terms of its design, materials, craftsmanship, beauty and especially performance it has EVERYTHING going for it one could hope and more.It's hand-forged blade was expertly ground with a taper toward the cutting edge and a thick cast brass bolster at the top of its rosewood handles, hafted in hand-forged copper along a full and tapered tang. Brass was expertly cast and machined, also of the very highest quality, the likes of which is no longer available on the modern market. Most spectacular about it, though, is the seamless integration of its purely ornamental craftsmanship with the utilitarian, a reflection, perhaps, of the integral role that a nearly-spiritual respect for work played in the daily lives of our 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 almost as much folk art as mere craftsmanship in that respect, I think.
Comes in a nice medium size for home or professional chef to use, measuring a modest 12.25" long, 7.25" along the edge and weighing in at a very impressive 28.4 ounces. In every respect a truly great find for chef or folk-art lover and an instant heirloom for user and collector 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.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. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy.
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But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "HEAVY DUTY Antique Italian Chef's Brass-Bolstered Meat Cleaver/Butcher Knife" is in sale since Saturday, May 11, 2019.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.