Mid Century hand forged French Cleaver - Picker-located barn find in Cardeilhac, France. Re-profiled, textured, resurfaced and refinished by Dave Rydbom of Kingdom Armory. Made from a high carbon steel, the original makers mark reads "CAVAILLES". Vintage hammer marks and surface imperfections have been left and high gloss buffed to show the life this Cleaver has already lived. It is structurally sound and rebuilt for a whole new life now! Custom stand was hand fabricated by Dave specifically for this piece, made from brass and black walnut with a ghosted image of the Heritage Skull. It has been sealed with an organic mint oil based preservative, but in practical kitchen use, olive oil makes for a great protective coat.
"I found the rear of the handle design particularly interesting in this cleaver. I have several other French designs of this aproximate time frame, and they too have this unique design element, which I understand to be essentially a "joint key," ie: sticking the tail peice into a joint and twisting to pop it loose. The key to unlocking bacon!!!"-Dave
Overall length: 9.75"
Overall height: 5.25"
Forged from one solid piece, the handle is the widest point at just over 1" thick