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Vintage Foster Bros - NOS - Cleaver Group Buy

Discussion in 'JapaneseKnifeSharpening / Dave Martell Knives' started by Dave Martell, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    I've got an opportunity to purchase qty.17 - NOS (new old stock) - Foster Bros made cleavers that I'd like to share with you folks. ;)

    I've been a vintage cleaver collector for many years and among the ones I like the most are Foster Bros. as they're quality made users that stand the test of time nicely. I made a post on Foster Bros HERE back in 2014 if you'd like to check it out.

    These particular cleavers appear to have been made by Foster Bros under contract for Maturi Bros of Pittsburgh as the blade is only marked with the Maturi Bros name.

    Maturi Bros, from what a gather, was a butcher supply company that became well known over the years for their sharpening service. They, like Foster Bros, have gone out of business.

    This is the picture I was supplied of the cleavers available....
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    I've been assured that all 17 cleavers are in the same condition as shown above.

    I offer no assurance of condition. You get what you get. No refunds will be issued. Please understand this clearly - ask if you're unsure what this means.

    The sticker appears to say "110".

    Stats from the seller:
    Blade Length - 8"

    Overall Length - 16"

    Handle Material - Rosewood

    Steel - Unknown. I don't if these cleavers are carbon or stainless. They are wrapped in what appears to be VCI paper indicating that they're carbon but again I don't know.

    This size is the sweet spot for a user meat cleaver. It's neither too big nor small and has a handle that can be used with either one or two hands.

    My offer:
    - Purchase now and take a chance with me. Crazy sharp Dave sharpening service included!

    *I can only offer the above price until tomorrow - 12/5. If the funds to purchase the whole lot aren't generated by then I will refund everyone and pass on this deal. This isn't my choice - it's the offer I was given.

    Shipping - Not included. Actual shipping costs will be billed when cleaver is ready to go.

    Should I purchase the lot and have left overs the pricing at that time will be increased to:
    $125 - Cleaver
    $25 - Sharpening

    This is an opportunity for you to purchase a vintage cleaver made by legend of a company that is essentially brand new, never used, made of a perfect size, and for a reasonable price. You are, however, taking a bit of a chance as you're buying like you would off of ebay. If you want to take a chance with me I'd love to hear from you. Please shoot me a PM and I'll get you set up with one of these old beauties. :)

    Thanks for looking!~
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2018
  2. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    OK folks, we've got enough participation to move forward with this - woohoo!

    I'm going to contact the seller and agree to purchase the lot. I will need to start collecting your payments at this time so I'll start PM's with all who said they're in and we'll get the ball rolling. If you could pay right away that would be great since this is only being held through today.

    Thanks! :)
  3. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    Everyone should either have an invoice in their email inbox or a PM requesting their email address. If not, then I'm missing you somehow, please let me know!
  4. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

  5. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    The cleavers will be packed up for shipment to me on Monday.
  6. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    I’ve only seen those used in movies/TV where the butcher looks like he’s swinging a hammer and chops off a giant cut of meat.
    Is that about all they are used for?
  7. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

  8. WildBoar

    WildBoar Founding Member Contributor

    How about for preparing Vegetarian Christmas Recipes? :D
  9. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    Look at what the brown truck just dropped off.....

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    These are the real deal folks! :cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:

    These cleavers are so NOS that the notches on the handles are rough...I've never seen this before!

    I haven't taken them out of the box yet, too excited, had to post a picture. :D
  10. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

  11. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    Now that I've handled them I see that I should have charged more. :D

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  12. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

  13. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    As you can now likely see these are labeled as #118. What you can't likely see is that the labels are marked with Chatillon Company which dates these pre-1953.

    Chatillon purchased interest in Foster Bros in 1904. The trademark "Foster Bros., John Chatillon & Sons" was used up until 1953. These cleavers were made somewhere in that time range.
  14. WildBoar

    WildBoar Founding Member Contributor

    Very cool!

    i just wish this deal had come up for you a few weeks before Halloween. It's gonna be a loooooong wait for 10/31/19...
  15. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

  16. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    butchering - yup. de-limbing - got it. murder - I knew it!!

    I really love NOS stuff.
  17. He Dave - are all the cleavers spoken for or can I get in as well?
  18. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    They're all spoken for but thanks for asking.

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