I was eager to redo an old cleaver recently found in a local antique store. it was in the cast of my "antique splurge" thread. i liked the old handle, but it was coming apart.
Decided to use cocobolo, copper spacer and copper rivets. A nice surprise was that oiling the handle brought out some of the exotic wood colors that are in the same pinkish/orange hue as the copper.
Was hoping to emulate the handle "kerfs" but chickened out as this re-handle was a PITA to begin with...crooked tang + decided to try a copper spacer. i didn't want to press my luck.
Also, turns out it's a foster bros. after a bit of cleaning, the faint mark was uncovered.
cleaned and re-handled:
next step will be to put a better edge on it