Before and after pics of another rescue.
I bought this off of the great auction site. Had to buy from the limited supply of items listed in canada; tried several times to get nicer shape ones from US but it seems nobody wants to send meat cleavers to Canada.
This was pretty beat up, looked like somebody was using it for target practice with a bb gun and some sort of bladed tool. I managed to clean it up pretty well but there are a few deeper marks from the cuts that I am fine with leaving in so I don't mis-shape the blade too much or remove the makers marks.
The tang was slightly overdrawn so there is a gap, it was also bent, I straightened it but did not try to grind it flat. I came into some nice chunks of hard wood, I believe this to be walnut... with tung oil.
It looks like there is an actual open gap between the scale in the pic but it is filled solid with epoxy mixed with a bit of sawdust. Over about 3 hours I kept drizzling epoxy into the top gap until the epoxy was setting up and didn't run out the bottom anymore then finally mixed a bit of sawdust into it and pushed it into the gap.