One needs only to take a peek at its rich. Lustrous patina to recognize, however, that this cleaver is older than that, dating probably to the early 1900's. Its materials and construction are very 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, or sometimes even by the user himself. It's unusual by Italian standards, though, in the size and shape of it, which are much more commonly found in the USA or Britain or Germany.
As such, it's an ideal piece for a home chef or for the pro who likes to use a cleaver in the oriental manner, for slicing and dicing. Best of all, perhaps, is that it is found here in RAZOR sharp condition--one could literally shave a man's face with it. 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.Hand-forged from some very fine carbon steel, this incredible piece is as useful today as it was when it was first forged and has EVERYTHING going for it one could hope. It's hand-forged blade was made with thick carbon steel that's expertly ground with a taper toward the cutting edge. The handle of this piece is the true star, though, made of some kind of guttapercha or compressed leather scales set between solid brass bolsters at both ends.
Brass is also hand-forged and of the very highest quality, the likes of which is no longer available on the modern market. Amazingly, there are NO cracks or other problems of any kind, and that's nothing short of miraculous. Measures 12" long, 6.5" long across the edge, and 4.25 wide and weighing in at a VERY hefty 31.8 ounces. In every respect a truly great, heirloom-quality find for chef or collector alike.
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But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "SUPERB Antique Italian Chef/Butcher's Heavy-Duty Carbon Steel Meat Cleaver Knife" is in sale since Wednesday, August 23, 2017. 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.