Yesterday, I drove by an antique shop and decided to turn around just in case they were to possibly, maybe have a knife or two I could buy, admire, re-handle, whatever. Never know, right? Well, I cleared their tin can of 7 knives. On my way out, I noticed a cleaver by the door, and asked the owner to add it to the pile. notably:
- [far left] strange (old carving profile?) knife, soapstone handle, brass? rivets.
- [third from left and second from right] have black wood with welded/folded bolster
- [cleaver] can't see a maker's mark, but 117 is stamped on blade's shoulder
here are a few questions:
1. have you come across soapstone handles?
2. can the folded bolster be a sign of a maker or date?
3. recognize the cleaver?
4. some suspiciously look like boning knives but could just be much sharpened. Not sure there's a difference. Not sure that was a question
4. do i have an addiction?
5. will my wife notice that i have twice as many knives as before she left for the weekend?
ps I plan on making them all "usable". the black ones with folded bolster probably just get cleaned and re-touched as they feel fairly sturdy. cleaver may need complete re-handle as its handle is split through on both sides. haven't decided about the soapstone yet...couple of "boning" knives will probably get new handles as they're completely shot.