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Newbie to Restoring Meat Cleavers

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Florida Jim, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Florida Jim

    Florida Jim

    Jul 22, 2019
    Sooooo...I was referred to this sub-Forum for cleaver discussions. I'm a newbie, but enjoy restorations.

    I recently picked up a couple of nice, vintage high carbon steel meat cleavers that I am intending to put into use after some "light" restoration. One is a Wm. Beatty & Son #2 (9" blade/18" overall, ca. 1870's) and the other is an ARCO New York (6" blade/12" overall). There is some information on the Beatty family and their cleavers, but I cannot find any references to ARCO. I've seen quite a few ARCO cleavers for sale on eBay and other sites, but no history of the company. Anyone on the Forum know anything about this manufacturer? Are they pre-WWII era? Were they manufactured by some other company and marketed under the ARCO name? Any help would be greatly appreciated. BTW...the ARCO cleaver has a teardrop-shaped hole in the blade instead of a circular hole. The only other cleavers I've seen with the teardrop hole were made by Briddell (both circular holes and teardrop holes). I wonder if Briddell made cleavers for ARCO back in the day. Thanks.
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  2. steelnut

    steelnut Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    I love an old cleaver, I hope someone can help you with the ARCO.
    A picture would help a lot.
    Many knives and cleavers were branded for hardware stores and such.

    Here is one I got recently, 5 pounds worth:thumbsup:
    Also have WM Beaty that is identical except for the logo

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  3. Florida Jim

    Florida Jim

    Jul 22, 2019
    Here are a couple of pics...the smaller 6" blade is the ARCO, and the 9" is the Wm. Beatty & Son. The picture with them together is post-rustoration. I wanted to leave some patina and spine history!

  4. Old Axeman

    Old Axeman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2015
    You can never go wrong with any edge tool made by Wm. Beatty & Son.
  5. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Briddell would be my guess. They were the big maker of cleavers and they made them for other brands (including Sears).
    Trailsawyer and Yankee Josh like this.

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