Max Blade Height: 6.5"
Upstanding Craftsmanship in Upstate New York
Frank and Allie Foster founded Foster Brothers in 1878 in Fulton, New York. The remaining Foster brothers quickly joined the fledgling business, making high-quality steel cleaver, knives, hog-splitters, and cutlery. In 1883, the business was acquired by John Chatillon & Son of New York City but continued to operate under the Foster Bros. name. Around the turn of the century, they mechanized the operation, replacing the process of hand-forging each tool on an anvil with the use of power hammers. During WWII Foster Bros. rose to meet the demand of the war effort, focusing production on cleavers and butcher knives used in the military's food supply chain. They produced more than 250,000 meat cleavers during these years. Around 1956, Chatillion decided to liquidate the company, and the Foster Bros. factory was closed.
Newly restored by our makers, this full tang cleaver still bears a faint maker's mark on the blade and has been refreshed with a desert ironwood handle and brass mosaic rivets. A practical tool with a rich history, this is a "Made in the USA" classic.
Living Americana: Practical Artifacts from the Golden Age of Steel
At New West KnifeWorks, we value the ancient tradition of knife-making even as we forge new paths of innovative glory. Our refurbished cleavers come from an era where extraordinary steel was extremely cheap. To make cleavers of this mass and quality of steel today would be prohibitively expensive to produce from scratch. But our makers search out these diamonds in the rough at old antique shows, flea markets, or grandma’s garage, refurbishing the blades and handles to give them a new, improved life in the 21st Century.
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