An antique dealer brought me this knife. It was form an old house in Brewster. We have no idea its function. It is forged with a stick tang peened over a washer at the end of the handle. It is a bit longer than an 8 ” chef knife. The blade has a thick tip and the top and bottom are tapered thin. Also the thickness of the tip carries down through the middle of the blade. despite the cleaver like hole the knife is to thin to be a traditional cleaver. At some point the top spine was hammered through stuff and the blade was poorly sharpened and maybe the hammering cause a slight warp in the middle of the blade around the uneven spot in the middle of the blade edge. The customer wanted the knife made serviceable for the kitchen. I ground off the sharp jagged and broken bit off the top where it had been hammered and straightened out the bottom edge. I gave it a good buffing with a soft fiber wheel to get rid of all the lose rust and then worked the surface with WD40 and a brass brush to loosen and remove rust from down in the pitting. I then gave it a good buffing with a cloth wheel. I then sharpened it and left the handle soaking in bees wax and mineral oil all day and the old dry walnut drank it in turning a deep almost black rather than a light dry brown. It is a cool conversation piece that now is a cool Asian style cleaver. Still not sure its original use.
A customer came to me and said he owned the worlds greatest quahog knife and had been using it since 1968. He said it has never broken a shell and worked like a dream. However recently it appears to have broken inside the handle and there is a piece of metal sticking out. Could we help? I was not sure we could but I said I would try.
As you can see once opened the handle was not really broken but rotted. The piece of metal sticking out is in between the handle halves and is all that remains of the tang.
So after cleaning up what was left of the blade we welded a new piece of steel to the remaining blade.
We then re handled it in mahogany with a green fiber liner.
You can not tell where the blade was broken now looking from the top. We wish him another 50 happy years with the worlds greatest quahog knife!
Brewster Farmers Market gave us a write up! We also got shared to a face book page for left handed people after our last offer to make left handed Japanese knives. There are 65,000 subscribers. It had me a bit worried but apparently they refuse to acknowledge Japanese chef knives as a thing. Not one inquiry. Well I guess turn about is fair play. Good going Japan!
We here at Cape Cod Cutlery recognize your existence. We also realize that the Japanese do not. Therefore we are more than happy to make you a Japanese style knife with a left handed single bevel edge. Kitchens can be dangerous places especially for left handed people. We want to make you cooking experience safe and delightful. Let us know if we can make you a custom knife.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Falmouth Police Department their officers and families. Two officers were shot in the line of duty. It is another blow to the local community. These sort of things just are not supposed to happen on Cape Cod. Best wishes two both of them a speedy recovery.
“You guys certainly create aesthetic and functional works of knife making art! It wants to be used as soon as it is in my hand. Your work carries it’s own energy!!” From a letter sent to me by a customer who bought a couple of drop tip skinning knives.
We are so busy I have had hardly anytime to blog. We are still here. Check out our crazy farmers market schedule! We look forward to seeing you soon. Check out our new bush craft all star knife the Badger. Here it is in one of it;s two handle options of Green canvas micarta or walnut.
We will be sharpening Tuesday Mornings from 9-1 in Sandwich, MA at the Sandwich Farmers Market. We are now officially a permanent fixture for the rest of the season at the P-town Farmers Market as well now. That makes six farmers markets a week you can get your knives sharpened or purchase a new custom made knife made here on Cape Cod. For a full list of all of our farmers markets, as well as our craft shows, see our Full Schedule.
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We did not think we would be at Ptown farmers market this weekend but apparently we will be!! I will be trying my wireless sharpening rig mach two after blowing up last week with a pop and smoke. I will have my new scissor rig with me to try out as well. Love my early mornings on the beach in Ptown!! As usual we will be at Cape Cod Beer on Friday night after last weeks rain out we hope people will be out in force. Sunday we will be in our usual spot under the wind mill at the Brewster Historical farmers Market selling and sharpening knives.