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Restoring a 1984 Cleaver (Need Ideas/Suggestions)

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Restoring a 1984 Cleaver (Need Ideas/Suggestions)

After considering multiple forums; this felt like the most logical one...

Like many others, I've rediscovered my joy in cooking again during this pandemic. I recently unearthed a old family cleaver dated 1984 made locally from where my parents are from. This cleaver is older than me lol. While it's reasonably sharp; all things considered. It's in really poor condition:
=> Blade is warped (no longer straight)
=> The back of the blade is badly bruised (from being used as a hammer I'm pressuming)
=> The handle has seen much better days

I'm wondering if there are any good Canadian restoration companies? or possibly Canadian Youtubers that restores old knives that I could possibly reach out to? I was looking at cleavers lately and would love to add this to my cooking arsenal.

I'll upload some photos of the cleaver when I get home today.

On a side note, I've always kept my cooking utensils simple & functional:
=> 8" chef knife (Ikea Vardagen)
=> Pairing knife (Also from Ikea)
=> Metal bread/carving knife (From somewhere...)
=> Recent new addition: Ceramic Bread Knife (makes extremely clean cuts in bread and produces no crumbs - less waste/mess = win).
=> Large Bamboo cutting board & anti slip mat
=> Knife sharpener (I use this weekly)

Even more random note; I've made the Gotcha Roast Pork from Food Wars (Amazing dish btw).
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ProjectPixelation wrote: Can you please be more specific? any in GTA area?
Not in GTA so have no idea. Go to a fancy or custom knife shop. You need to find a messerschmidt and not one who makes horseshoes, tools and the like.
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ProjectPixelation wrote: After considering multiple forums; this felt like the most logical one...

Like many others, I've rediscovered my joy in cooking again during this pandemic. I recently unearthed a old family cleaver dated 1984 made locally from where my parents are from. This cleaver is older than me lol. While it's reasonably sharp; all things considered. It's in really poor condition:
=> Blade is warped (no longer straight)
=> The back of the blade is badly bruised (from being used as a hammer I'm pressuming)
=> The handle has seen much better days

I'm wondering if there are any good Canadian restoration companies? or possibly Canadian Youtubers that restores old knives that I could possibly reach out to? I was looking at cleavers lately and would love to add this to my cooking arsenal.

I'll upload some photos of the cleaver when I get home today.

On a side note, I've always kept my cooking utensils simple & functional:
=> 8" chef knife (Ikea Vardagen)
=> Pairing knife (Also from Ikea)
=> Metal bread/carving knife (From somewhere...)
=> Recent new addition: Ceramic Bread Knife (makes extremely clean cuts in bread and produces no crumbs - less waste/mess = win).
=> Large Bamboo cutting board & anti slip mat
=> Knife sharpener (I use this weekly)

Even more random note; I've made the Gotcha Roast Pork from Food Wars (Amazing dish btw).
May not be worth restoring depending on whether it's a good cleaver?

or is it just sentimental?
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gr8dlr wrote: May not be worth restoring depending on whether it's a good cleaver?

or is it just sentimental?
Mostly sentimental; and it's not a bad cleaver. Plus, I think there's value in the history of the blade. Could be a interesting conversation piece.
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ProjectPixelation wrote: Mostly sentimental; and it's not a bad cleaver. Plus, I think there's value in the history of the blade. Could be a interesting conversation piece.
Ok on the sentimental being from your family village....1984 is not that old though.

Keep the thread updated if you fix it and perhaps post some BEFORE pics.
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