Please read our Terms below for details. PLEASE NOTE: We take our photos in natural light outdoors and as a result there are sometimes reflections or shadows or glare shown in the blades. In person none of these exist; we will say so in the description if it may be otherwise. This enormous antique slaughterhouse cleaver is as fine as any that was ever made proving once and for all that when American makers put their minds to it they made knives and other bladed items as well as anyone.
It's a two-handed piece, made in upstate New York by the Foster Brothers company, once America's finest maker of knives, cleavers and other tools for the meat processing industry. It dates to the late 1800's or early 1900's and will, if properly cared for, last another couple of hundred years to scare your family--and its meats--for generations to come! It measures 20.5" long with a blade that's 10.5" long by 6-3/8" wide and a massive 3/8" thick at the hilt. It weighs in at a mind-boggling 63.3 ounces, just a SMIDGE under FOUR POUNDS!
Its hand-forged carbon steel blade was hafted with American cherrywood handles over a full and tapered tang. These handles are remarkable well-preserved with all of the texture of their factory-carved hatchwork along the edges, as you can see. In one key way, too, this cleaver is BETTER than when it was new, having just received for this sale a WICKEDLY keen edge from the good folks at Ross Cutlery in downtown Los Angeles, some of the best in the business. As such, its far sharper than when it was new and guaranteed to thrill even the most jaded veteran users.
Like all carbon steel knives, it must be kept dry, even during use, but this minor inconvenience is more than offset by the superb edge maintenance and performance offered by carbon steel, as any experienced chef or butcher over the age of 50 can confirm. Used to slaughter livestock with a single blow remember that scene from the movie Apocalypse Now? , and for splitting a carcass into halves and quarters (one could use it to joint the carcass of a rhinocerous) it's the stuff of nightmares, unless you actually needed to use one, in which case it's a dream come true--as fine a tool as has ever been forged to do the job.It has a beautiful patina from over a century of use and the touch of many hands. Whether you are someone who slaughters their own livestock or butchers their own game, or just someone with an interest in bladed weapons and tools, you'll instantly appreciate the beauty of this monster. 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. If you dislike this or find this unfair, PLEASE shop elsewhere; we only want happy customers and it's our feeling that no one should be able to claim dissatisfaction with this policy, since we're stating it up front. It's not an attempt to profit, simply the only way my elderly bones can continue to offer so many items. WE SELF-INSURE using our business policy. I will gladly send you the forms necessary to file. Late, so again, we ask you in advance to please forgive our humanity. We take customer service very seriously and want to do whatever it takes to meet your needs.
If you're not in total agreement with us here or disagree for any reason, we can only urge that you PLEASE shop elsewhere. International packages will be calculated on the basis of a MINIMUM ONE POUND weight. IMPORTANT: After TWELVE YEARS of doing everything we could to hold the line on int'l. If you're not in total agreement with us here or disagree for any reason, again, we can only urge you to PLEASE shop elsewhere.We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "HUGE Antique FOSTER BROS. Butcher's Slaughterhouse Meat Cleaver/Hog Splitter" is in sale since Friday, April 26, 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.