Quaker Kitchen Cleaver

$225.00$250.00

This highly versatile kitchen cleaver was inspired by a 100+ year old cleaver shared with me by John Helding, a well-known Quaker friend from Lopez Island, Washington.  This is a beautiful, sturdy and well-made knife whose hammered, 1/8th inch thick high-carbon steel blade makes it an excellent choice for cutting vegetables and meats in the modern-day kitchen.   

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Photos: 1) Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry and Sheath; 2) From Top: 100+ Year-Old “Wormy”  Chestnut; Early 1900s Reclaimed Walnut; Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry; 3) Civil War Era (1850s Reclaimed Cherry (Customer Photo).

Knife Dimensions: Length 11.2 in. (Blade 6.5 in.); Height (2.55 in.); Width (0.125 in.)

Blade: 1095 High-Carbon Steel (Forge and Hammered Finish).  Each of my Quaker Kitchen Cleavers  is handcrafted using a 100+ year old Fisher-Norris anvil and decades old hammer.  The process leaves a distinct “finger print” on the blade that is a unique feature of each knife’s personality and design.

Handle Construction:  All of my handles are full tang in design and handcrafted “from scratch” starting with a single block of wood or beam of timber.  Each handle is fastened with pins (both treenail and brass options are available) and, as a final step, secured with  a 2,000 lb. Epoxy Resin.

Wood Selection:  Four options are available.

Early 1900s Reclaimed Walnut ($225.00):  My small supply of reclaimed walnut was salvaged from an old Indiana barn several hours from my shop.  Marks from the sawblade used to plane the beams suggest that the barn was constructed in the early 1900s.  This beautiful walnut is an unusually dark “burgundy/purplish” color which makes for a unique and interesting handle.  (Note:

Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry ($225.00):  After months of searching I came across a 8′ long 8″ by 8″ beam of cherry salvaged from a barn built in the 1850s “just up the road” in Randolph County Indiana.  This Civil War Era find is exceedingly rare given that few barns of that era were constructed with cherry beams.  I am excited to be able to offer this option.

100+ Year-Old “Wormy” American Chestnut ($250.00):  “Wormy Chestnut” is the term used for wood salvaged from the more than four billion trees killed off by a blight fungus which brought the Chestnut to the brink of extinction in the late 1800 and early 1900s.  The small holes that are a defining characteristic of this difficult-to-find wood are the work of beetles and other insects that attacked the dead and dying trees 100+ years ago.

Pin Options;

Treenail  Pins: I prefer to construct my knife handles using handcrafted hardwood pegs for two pragmatic reasons. First, as experienced woodworkers will tell you, hardwood joinery results in a stronger and longer-lasting bond than when using metal (such as nails, screws and brass pins). Second, I like the unique look of treenail pins and the fact that they enable me to make a one-of-a-kind knife that can be used daily and also handed down to future generations.

Standard Brass Pins: While the use of treenails in the construction of my knives is a signature feature of my work, I also offer the more traditional option of standard brass pins.  

20% off on orders of $495 or more. Enter coupon code 20HFK24 when placing order. 

Delivery Schedule:  Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Style

Brass Pins, Treenail Pins

Wood

100+ Year-Old “Wormy” Chestnut, Civil War Era (1850s) Reclaimed Cherry, Colonial Era (1700s) American Chestnut, Mid 1800s Reclaimed Walnut