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Village Blacksmith Cleaver

6" Virgin Steel Blade
11 1\/4" Overall

This is a high quality piece of handmade American virgin steel cutlery produced prior to WWII, this is known due to the maker's mark being stamped directly onto the blade instead of the handle, the stamp reads: VILLAGE BLACKSMITH, SOLID STEEL. Production of the Village Blacksmith brand was begun in 1917 in Watertown, Wisconsin and along with cleavers and other butchering knives the firm made a myriad of farm equipment, their products being sold principally in the United States. At their height the company, formally known as Washington Cutlery Co., were major innovators and all of the latest designs and the best production machines were found in their warehouses.

This cleaver is a near perfect example of a high quality cutlery piece produced by the 25-30 skilled workman employed by the factory. The blade face does display a few patches of pitting and a beautiful patina as well as a number of hammer marks to the back of the spine, but this cleaver was never abused as is evident in it's full blade and solid handle. The over-sized brass rivets are used which further date the piece prior to WWII. The coloration of the handle is a deep reddish brown due to use and decades of age. There are a few chips in the handle but these are primarily from storage wear and in no way effect the quality of the handle, in fact they only add character. The handle ends with a slight bulge as does the metal that runs through, it's purpose is to prevent the hand from slipping off the handle during the chopping motion. The handle is still tight and in no way brittle. This cleaver was stored properly and well cared for over it's seventy plus years of age. This definitely is a heirloom quality piece of early 20th century American cutlery born in the fervor of steel manufacturing during the tail end of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. An amazing historical piece for the collector and a near new cleaver for the chef!

"The Village Blacksmith" is a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, first published in 1841 and quite possibly inspired the renaming of the company.

Any way you slice it, you win with this beautiful antique VILLAGE BLACKSMITH, SOLID STEEL Cleaver!