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Old as dirt Foster Bros. Cleaver.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jfever311, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. jfever311


    Jun 14, 2007
    Hey fellas, I found an old Foster Bros. Cleaver in a field last night. It has Foster Bros. 2190 stamped on it. It is MASSIVE!!! The only info I can find out on it is here..


    It is pretty rough right now, and will take time to restore to its former glory, but I can tell you this. It takes one heck of an edge!!

    Can anyone fill in the gaps with this beast? Anyone else have one?? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Skimo


    Mar 28, 2009
    Need a better link, or a pixture, please
  3. jfever311


    Jun 14, 2007
    Here's two pics I took with my phone. The knife is 15" from tip to tip, with a 9" blade. I hit both sides with a wire wheel, and then worked the blunted edge with diamond hone and a pair of black sticks.


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  4. jfever311


    Jun 14, 2007
    I am seriously considering REALLY cleaning it up and putting some Lignum Vitae handles on it!!
  5. XanRa


    Apr 13, 2011
    I wish I could find me one of those....

    Clean her up and put her back to work(doing anything but sitting and rusting)
  6. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    You should have just sanded it with 220grit sandpaper. Those wirewheels are no good unless they are mounted on a motor.
  7. jimnolimit


    Oct 28, 2009
    personally, i would have left the knife alone and kept the seasoned look. an 80 year old knife that looks brand new is no longer able to tell it's stories...

    as for getting the blade looking new, i would blunt the cutting edge, lay it flat and use a sanding block or sanding sponge to even the surface. take your time, it will take a while but the finished product should be good.
  8. TwinStick


    Jan 21, 2011
    Thats awesome ! I got one & cleaned it up too. It's yours, do what you want to it.JSYK, there is a cleaver discussion thread in the axe subforum.

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