Cleaver Restoration [Black Cleaver With Ebony Handle]

Dipublikasikan tanggal 15 Jul 2021
New Project, new technique! I used a new technique again in the restoration of this rusty cleaver. With iron (III) chloride and coffee I blackened the rusty cleaver. I made the new handle out of ebony, which now revealed a completely black cleaver. Restoring the old cleaver required me to drill, sand, file, remove rust and glue. I found this old hand tool again on a flea market website and really wanted to have it.
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The cleaver was extremely rusty, so I used rust remover and a screwdriver to remove the rough rust. I used electrolysis to remove the remaining rust. I then used an angle grinder to make the rough contour and on the belt grinder. I ground down the sides until no pitting was visible, up to a grit of 1000. Using a jig and a grindstone, I resharpened the cleaver. Now I dipped the old hand tool in iron (III) chloride and coffee. The new wooden handle is made of ebony. Now all that was left was to assemble everything and the black cleaver was ready.
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I used the following tools: screwdriver, wire brush, rust remover spray, hacksaw, magnetic bowl, lab power supply, sodium hydrogen carbonate, pencil, ruler, angle grinder, cordless screwdriver, drill, belt sander, orbital sander, sandpaper, grindstone, chisel, instant coffee, two component glue, steel wool
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  • This was fascinating to watch! Keep posting!

    • Lol I'm here early. First time this early in a verified user's comment

    • Yo it really was fascinating. I have no idea why this was on my recommended list. But im Glad I clicked it

    • @SportsFan JW same here it just popped in my recommendation for some reason

    • @Trix • 11 years ago yea crazy. Maybe cuz I watch alot of cooking videos being a cook myself. But this was just cool to watch

    • @SportsFan JW yeah

  • My intention was just to see a few minutes but when you electrocuted the steel… I was hooked! The final result was bloody amazing! And apparently I missed wooden work more than i knew. I will definitely use saw dust in glue from now on. Amazing work.

    • Thank you very much! 🐢

    • @Forgotten Shine Restoration I can believe that I thought this was real . . . can you explain yourself?

    • @Michael ?

    • I don’t think instant coffee stains the metal that dark 💀

  • Outstanding transformation. Had no idea there was so much metal left.. Ficou lindo demais amei.

  • I am so surprised that the cleaver turned out like that! Your very good at your job! Amazing transformation! 👍😁

  • I don't know but I love this kind of videos, they relax me completely and I forget everything I have pending, it helps me to learn and know, and to think and reflect. And this has been an exception, simply amazing ❤️

  • Omg, the before and after is amazing, from the way that Clever looked, I would have never thought you could restore it. Your very good at your job!!!!! 😊

  • No idea how I got recommended this but what a treat. Awesome to see the craftsmanship at play, keep up the great work!

    • Thank you very much! 🐢

    • Same I got it in recommendation but idk how 👁👄👁

    • Excellent job! 👏🏻

    • Although it is a great channel and I love it, once I got told that nothing is coincidende. If you got this recommendation it is because you are doing the same with your life: removing rust and shining again! If it's so... trust the process!

  • Outstanding transformation. Had no idea there was so much metal left.

    • Because there shouldn't. Don't be surprised. You should realize a fake video when you see one.

  • As a chef, the clever is beautiful. Gorgeous job. For practical purposes, I think the handle might be a little too thick. You did a beautiful job. 👏 👏 👏 👏

    • Thank you very much! 🐢

    • Agreed. Chode of a handle

    • @Kevin Comellas I like the thick handle... with the dark blade and its curving, I think the handle makes the clever look comically comfortable. Very sleek, very clean, and sophisticated, I like it

    • It's a battle cleaver

    • @BloxCok14 cleavers were never used in combat

  • Love watching your restorations. You can take the most rusted/puttied item and sand all the putting off the restored item. I see that others don’t get the results you do. Magnificent

  • Trabalho impecável!!! Quero um desse!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Ficou lindo demais amei

  • I love watching videos like these because it's fascinating the results after all process. Besides, it's like a therapy: the environment is so quite, calm and the noises from machines are not loud. All movements are well done and very slow. All of this together, give me a feeling of peace and I fell sleepy.

    • Thank you very much! 🐢

    • @Forgotten Shine Restoration e

    • Hi.

    • I agree. There is also a metaphorical visual therapy I think because the object always looks like it’s beyond restoration but that’s not true.


  • I love how this channel doesn't even try to be an ASMR (sometimes)but at the same its so satisfying to watch! Thx for the like btw

  • Thats a work of art! I love your work keep it up you never cease to amaze me.❤

  • This was interesting to watch and the end result looks fantastic! The only way I think it could look better is if the handle had some bronze or brass furniture, like pins or something. A hunting/camping knife with this blade finish and handle material would also look fantastic with some bronze elements!

  • Belíssimo trabalho 👊

  • Uau! Que perfeito!!!

  • Wow. This thing looked like it was at the bottom of the ocean for 50 years, amazing how well it turned out

  • Hi, me and my friends tend to watch this video when we're about to sleep, it's very relaxing so we like it! Keep the good work!!!

  • The ebony handle looks amazing! I have also never seen a black clever before, looks really cool

  • I love the color of the cleaver, that was an amazing work ❤

  • É muito bom de se ver. Parabéns.

  • Very nice! That said, the pitting was a really cool texture. Would have been interesting to see it with a nice edge and grind.

  • For anyone trying to recreate this process. Be careful doing electrolysis on salt water. This reaction produce a small amount of chlorine gas, so make sure it is done in a large, well ventilated space

    • Ohhhh that's how my dad died

    • for anyone trying to recreate this process lmfao bruh

    • Distilled waret

    • better not have any spare ammonia lying around as well

    • why would you salt water?

  • I enjoy coming back and watching this video if I get bored some days :D wonderful restoration and a beautiful cleaver!

  • Качественная с использованием всевозможных технических и химических средств работа! Мастеру респект!

  • Your work is outstanding! Your pieces are truly art work, and I love how meticulous and detail oriented you are. I’ve learned a lot from watching your videos I hope to be able to emulate some of your work someday 👌🏼

  • Muito bom!

  • Sensacional , amei ,passada 😅 Trabalho Maravilhosooooooo

  • I’m amazed how great the stainless steel substance under all that rust still was

  • That cleavor is beautiful with the ebony handle. Is this an antique or from this day and age? You did an amazing job of restoration.

  • I am just so amazed that you have turned a rusted cleaver into a clean, shiny and beautiful cleaver

  • Restauração e um serviço incrível, muito gratificante.

  • This is not a restoration this is sorcery..keep it up sir wonderful work!!!

  • Really a masterpiece. Wonderful shiny darkness!

  • Videos like this make me happy to be alive in a time where these niche crafts can be seen and appreciated by people. A hundred years ago someone like me who works in a completely different industry might have gone their whole life without seeing a restoration. There's also something in seeing an old forgotten tool be brought back for a chance at a second life. Thank you and please keep doing what you're doing.

    • Thank you very much for your kind words!!😊

    • I wish I was happy to be alive

    • Is it just me or does this comment seem to have an odd number of low likes and reply’s for how many views the vid has?

    • A hundred years ago, when you bought a knife, you bought it with a view to keeping it all your life.

    • This video is cool and all but how does whatever its called get that dirty?

  • ASMR at its best: relaxing and confortable to watch!

  • Muito lindo

  • Just discovered your channel. Lovely work! 🤩

  • Quem faz restauraçao, tem o meu respeito.

  • Damn this guy can work miracles 😲 I would have tried to get the rust off with coke cola, I know nothing of this amazing craft but I love watching his work.

  • I was skeptical there was enough metal left there to restore... wow!

    • Rust has volume but it's a massless wonder. Rust is lame!

    • @Aaron Davis A scathing indictment of rust. Look, we're all thinking it, but you had the courage to say it. 😆

    • What a ignorant comment. The restorer ruined the cleaver by destroying the tang.

    • @Tom Barski what a ignorant comment. The Tom Barski ruined my marriage.

    • @Tom Barski it's fancy, i don't think anyone'd like to use it

  • that is an amazing restoration. I was worried there was not enough meta;l left to do the restoration, simply amazing!

  • esse vídeo me deu 10 anos de vida, nunca fui triste e preciso de uma dessa

  • Pretty neat stuff. Definitely beyond my skillset. Think it would only be a few chops from failure. The reduced tang and larger holes do not leave a lot of metal for impact. Very beautiful though.

  • Es demasiado satisfactorio ver el proceso de como se limpia

  • I swear it’s always these kinds of videos that I chose to watch instead of sleeping. Couldn’t have found a better one.

  • I have no knowledge of restoring old knives like this, but it’s easy to see that this craftsman/artesian has a ton of knowledge about restoring knives like this and I feel so lucky to have seen this video. Truly amazing work.

    • Thanks very much! 🐢

    • artisan*

    • But overall nice!

    • these may not be old knifes. the same electrolysis process can be done to a relatively unrusted knife and accelerate it to looking ancient. then title a video as restoring old knifes, profit.

    • super


  • I absolutely need to know where something like this cleave is even found! Great work :)

  • After getting recommended this at least 400 times I finally watched it… I think I’m addicted to restoration videos now.

  • Unbelievable work! And I love the injected humor, especially the measuring instant coffee one. 😂

  • It looks beautiful. Great work. Thanks for sharing

  • Super-impressive, meticulous in every respect, fascinating, satisfying, and just beautiful to watch. Great job!

  • uau, ficou incrível

  • je pensais pas, mais c'est reposant de voir vos restaurations.... très beau travail bravo

  • Hej mam bardzo podobny w domu jeszcze po moim pradziadku utknąłem na etapie szlifowania, jakoś ciężko miałem usunąć głębokie wżery i nie miałem szlifierki taśmowej. Teraz chyba wezmę się za dokończenie pracy. Fajnie, ze używasz tak prostych narzędzi do wszystkiego, zmotywowałeś mnie żeby wykonać rękojeść z akacji która leżakuje dla mojego tasaka już któryś rok 😎 pozdro

  • What an awesome restoration!!

  • Me, who knows absolutely nothing about anything: Wow, his process is really thorough and he does a great job explaining what he's doing! Also me, who knows absolutely nothing about anything: haha shiny pokey-poke go burrr This is super cool, I'm totally going to check out more of your channel! Thank you for introducing this to me!

  • I’m so glad that I was recommended your channel. It was incredibly satisfying to see the final result and the whole process from start to finish. Keep making more of these!

    • Thank you very much! I want to do more.😅

    • @Forgotten Shine Restoration you should’ve put on some music while you’re restoring that cleaver like mona lisa over drive by juno reactor

    • @Mdmjr24 Personally I think it's better without music

    • Et r

    • @I'm Not Red Today Same

  • the best combination ever, ASMR + Restorations and a very good work of you, really like you job.

  • I didn't know I need to see this until I see this. Good work! ❣️

  • You did really well restoring the cleaver I used to watch you as a kid too!

  • Curious, if the handle was that long..why did you remove some of the tang. Well done, very unique.

  • Супер!!! Идеально!!! Очень красиво!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👑👑👑✔️👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 Вы отличный мастер!!! ✔️

  • This is amazing! So much time, energy, and labor goes into this work. I think I found my new channel to binge watch!

  • Came across this by chance and wow this is incredible!! The electrolysis took me back to chemistry labs 😂

  • I dunno why this whole video made me feel so relaxed😅 😌 ☺ awesome work. Enjoyed the whole video and the lil humor in the video is awesome too. Love it🥰🥰🥰❤😌

  • Unbelievable, I am blown away at the finished result, wow

  • Wow!!! That is beautiful, I told my husband I need it, just to hang on my wall. Great job!

  • These restoration videos are so fascinating and immensely satisfying. It's so easy to get caught in the ID-tv rabbit hole with these

    • Those are much more satisfying than “satisfying” videos

    • grass is outside

    • @$CRIMLATION$ said someone with an anime pfp

    • I just like the idea of repairing and restoring something, instead of throwing it out and buying a new one. Consumer culture is wasteful. Reminds me of "Spend, don't mend", from "Brave New World".

  • Awesome man! Love the before and after

  • Felicidades, excelente trabajo, muchas gracias por compartir. Saludos desde México 🇲🇽

  • The result is so gorgeous 😃

  • Beautiful restoration, however I question the structural integrety of the handle. There is about 3 times less steel on the sides of the first hole compared to the original design, while the stresses are the highest at this location. If it's going to break, it will break there.

  • You are amazing bro, keep up the great content

  • I legit thought that wasn't even a cleaver at all, but a rock that was shaped like a cleaver. Color me amazed, bro. That was satisfying as hell to watch.

  • I’m baffled as to how this man went from a cleaver where you couldn’t see the metal to the cleanest thing ever. It seems like it’s brand new dude

  • I lost it at the slurp. I laughed so hard. Love the transformation. A beautiful finished project.

  • When I saw the first glimpse of shiny metal, I was honestly shocked. I guess on some level, I didn’t believe there was anything under there (except more rust).

  • You got some skills!!! Nicely done. Thank you for sharing.

  • may i just say razor sharp and that it looks great i did not have high hopes when he put it in instant coffee but it turned out better then i would have guessed good job man

  • Never seen someone restore something so rusted before. I wouldn't have thought there was anything left to save. Very impressive!

  • Muito bom o vídeo

  • Wow this Restauration was amazing. Especially the oxidelayer with iron-3-oxide is really nicely done. But does it matter which instant coffee is used ?

  • I am so impressed with your work.

  • Que lindo!!!

  • The sounds are pure ASMR 🔥🔥🔥

  • That was really awesome, I looked at the clever in the first instance and thought that this is going to turn out bad but as you went through the process I was amazed. The finish was something I never expected and the handle just topped it off. Fantastic restoration, so well done

    • Repent to Jesus Christ “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬


    • The most beautiful flowers grow from dirt, the most beautiful people - often scum.

  • That is one interesting way to do a blade finish. Does it add to corrosion resistance?

  • Buen trabajo❤️‍🩹

  • Once in a while, I “stumble” across a ID-tv that is both fascinating to watch, amazing for the results, AND rewarding, as someone had the foresight to tackle such a thing! Bravo-Zulu brother….a job most excellently well done! I think … I only question putting in a sharp edge BEFORE the handle. But then again, if me, that cleaver would have been in the recycle bin. Still, gorgeous job! And out in my shed, is a similarly rusted and bent old (I mean OLD) axe head. I wonder……?

  • oh my god i really didn't expect that much, well done

  • coś pięknego . dla pasjonata odnawianie takich starych rzeczy co jest to .

  • I was completely mesmerized for 18 mins... beautiful - the process, the presentation, the product - everything.

  • The iron handle might have been cut off a bit too much, but other than that it became pretty awesome.

    • I agree - it is terribly thin around the hole near the blade. I would never do that - it is now permanently weak there and could break off.

  • Great job!!!Result is superb but you did tough work throughout the process of restoration.After watching this clip i will prefer purchasing instead of restoration.😃

  • Love the hidden tang modification you did for the cleaver

  • Espetacular 🙌🏾💥💥💥🔪