John Smith & Son 9"

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Blade Length: 9"
Overall Length: 10"
Max Blade Height: 6"

Upstanding Craftsmanship in the Nickel City

John E. Smith & Sons Company of Buffalo, NY was perhaps most well-known for their invention of the "Buffalo Silent Meat Cutter" which became popular in the manufacture of sausage. Debuted in the 1890s, this steam-powered meat chopper was cutting-edge technology- today, modern meat processing equipment used to chop and emulsify food is still referred to as a "buffalo chopper." John E. Smith & Sons also manufactured simpler machines like the two-person hand-powered meat cutter, as well as cleavers and hog splitters like this 9" beauty.  Show your vegetables who's the boss with this whopper of American Steel.

This antique cleaver, restored by our knifemakers, still bears the maker's mark stamp on the cast steel blade and has been refreshed with a new handle and brass pins.

Living Americana: Practical Artifacts from the Golden Age of Steel

At New West KnifeWorks, we cherish the tradition of knife-making even as we forge new paths of innovation. 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 for the 21st Century.

Read more about our cleaver restoration process.
Antique Cleaver Restoration New West KnifeWorks
In the Press

"Next Level.” Bloomberg
"Knife Art." Fine Cooking
"America’s Best." Cooking Light


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