Removing cast aluminum handle on restoration project

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HELP! I acquired an antique meat cleaver that I would like to restore for my personal use. I haven't found anything like it, and it may be a homemade cleaver. (I live in a town with a local steel mill.) What's the best way to remove what I believe is a cast aluminum handle?

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Thanks Grizz
 
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It could be melted off. I believe the melting point for aluminum is around 1200 degrees F. And the melting point of carbon steel is between 2500 and 2800 degrees F.

Of course 1200 degrees might also affect the heat treat of the blade, but perhaps you could get it re-treated.
 

Bill DeShivs

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The handle is best left on the cleaver.
You could reshape it to suit your needs.
 
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Not many good options off hand I can think of but a question would be what type(s) of tools do you have access to? My best suggestion would be using a band saw or something and cutting it off along the sides of the blade & tang but you might find or create a bigger problem beneath the handle.
 
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