Antique Cleaver - Nichols Arrow 8''

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Blade Length: 8"

Overall Length: 14"

Massachusetts Tool 

This cleaver has a clear makers mark of Nichols Bros, Greenfield, Mass. John R. Nichols came to America in 1848. He had worked in a cutlery factory in Sheffield, England since childhood. Two of his sons, Walter E. Nichols and John Henry Nichols started a butcher's cutlery business named Nichols Bros. in 1892 at Greenfield, Mass. 

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.
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