Quaker Kitchen Cleaver

$175.00$195.00

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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Special Limited-Time Offer:  Place an order for two or more knives (any style–mix or match) and automatically receive a free Quaker Paring Knife with your purchase. 

Knife Features:  Practical “Quaker plain” traditional design cleaver appropriately sized for use in a modern-day kitchen.  “Not too heavy” but heavy enough for “large cutting jobs” that require choping, slicing, dicing–or all three!

Blade:  1095 High-Carbon Steel (Forge and Hammer Finish). Each cleaver 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. apoxy.

Wood Selection:  Four options are available.

Reclaimed Oak:  Each handle is handcrafted from a large support beam salvaged from an Indiana barn built in the mid-to-late 1800s.  Also referred to as “wormy oak”, a much valued feature of this reclaimed timber is the occasional small hole and crevice left over the decades by a burrowing beetle or other insect.

Reclaimed American Chestnut:  Considered the “King of Hardwoods” during colonial times, the American Chestnut was decimated to extinction by a blight in the early 1900s.  My knife handles are made from a single five foot piece of timber reclaimed from a wood-framed structure built over 100 years ago in rural Appalachia.

Reclaimed Walnut:  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.

Brazilian Cherry:  30% denser than most species of North American cherry; Brazilian Cherry is found throughout much of South and Central America.  There is a wonderful feel and look to this wood.  I work from the same 6″ by 6″ inch blocks of wood to craft both these knife handles and the treenails (handcrafted “hardwood pins”) that are a signature feature of the knives available for purchase.

Pin Options;

Treenails:  Until the early 1900’s treenails (more commonly known today as handcrafted “hardwood pins”) were widely used in the construction of everything from barns, covered bridges and railroad tracks to wood-framed houses, hand tools and fine colonial furniture.  I take pride in crafting  each treenail by hand starting with a 6″ by 6″ block of Brazilian Cherry.  (More information regarding the history of treenails; their strength and durability is available in the About My Knives section of my website.)

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. 

Delivery:  All knives are carefully wrapped and shipped by Priority Mail.  Please allow 14 days for delivery.

 

 

Style

Brass Pins, Treenail Pins

Wood

Brazilian Cherry, Reclaimed American Chestnut, Reclaimed Oak, Reclaimed Walnut