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

  • 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

    • He used baking soda tho, so the gas byproduct is just CO2

    • @RL to increase conductivity

    • وؤنرغيكرب شلن

    • @Blade Reaper breaking bad reference?

    • Oh yes finally a fellow nerd

  • 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.

  • 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. 👏 👏 👏 👏

    • It's a battle cleaver

    • @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

    • Agreed. Chode of a handle

    • top

    • Thank you very much! 🐢

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

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

  • Шикарная работа !! Смотрю с удовольствием

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

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

  • Que trabalho incrivel 👏👏👏

  • What an awesome restoration!!


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

  • 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.

    • Супер Супер Супер рахмат

    • It was a good restoration but I think a lot of ID-tvrs are going overboard with all the over exaggerated slow movements that are just unnatural and forced. Wish they would label it a certain way so those of us that don't want to see it can filter those out and those that want to watch that can.

    • Insanooooo :

    • yeah

    • I felt the same way.. Really interesting to watch and calmed me down. Now I'm tired... I'm.gonna watch again before I go to sleep

  • Incredible work, this is now a piece of art and not just a cleaver.

  • 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 ❤️

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

  • É muito bom de se ver. Parabéns.

  • Ualll fantástico 💚💛👏👏👏👏👏

    • Inetdieduku

    • @Valquíria Rosa

    • @Vig oiee, 🥰🥰🥰🥰 valeu

    • @Venom lover No, she's speaking Portuguese.

  • 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

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

  • Muito bom o vídeo

  • I was pretty skeptical when the video started but this ended up being really neat!

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

  • uau, ficou incrível

  • Amazing work!

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

  • That is not rust my friend that is a slab of concrete.

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

  • Hey, I love the humor that you add to your videos. Keep on posting

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

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

  • 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.

    • He should try restoring an old knife

    • @cranedeck This blade could not have been relatively recent - it’s too thick. A modern cleaver (if you could find one NOT in stainless) would end up much thinner. Note also that electrolysis takes rust off one object and deposits it on another. I’ve derusted old tools and I can tell you that the sacrificial electrode does NOT end up looking like this and doesn’t get pitted. It looks like a magnet that’s had a pile of red coloured iron filings thrown on it. Besides, who gives a crap? He derusted a badly eroded steel rusty piece of junk and turned it into a useful tool. The fact that it might not be from the ancient past is irrelevant. The techniques work no matter how or when the rust got there.

    • nice

    • super

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

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

  • Why is that so satisfying to me? Thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice work

  • 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🥰🥰🥰❤😌

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

    • @Tom Barski nah bro really it’s almost like its a joke

    • Hey I don’t think this comment was a joke which I thought was clear

    • @Mike Hunt stainless steel most definitely does rust. That's why it's called stain-LESS not stain proof

    • ان

    • @Coolin discorder spoted

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

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

  • Awesome man! Love the before and after

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

  • sou do Brasil parabéns ficou muito bonito.

  • Espetacular 🙌🏾💥💥💥🔪

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Uma verdadeira obra de arte.

  • Wow. Restoring that much rust I thought it be impossible

  • 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

    • Insanooooo :

    • @Aussie that's a good joke. when? He showed every step lmfao

    • @Aussie ?

    • Fake

    • Yap, and the awesome is how little you see on this totally bogus work. The tang of the cleaver is practically destroyed making this tool useless.

  • 1:47 love the way the little things drop and cling.

  • 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.😃

  • Muito bom!

  • 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 ?

  • you see this is the definition of amazing. This really shows what we can accomplish anything with patience and dedecation. Keep it up i bet you inspiard many!

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

  • So satisfying to watch thank you.

  • Amazing, I thought it was too far gone to be restored,

  • That looks amazing it turned out so good looks new

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

    • ok

    • @Casper Malmborg That's kind of fcked up. Destroying functional tools just to repair them again for profit, wasting materials in the process. I mean there are endurance test videos where functional items get destroyed, but then at least it serves the purpose of reviewing their quality and enlightening the customer. But this video right here is just just deception for views.

    • @Casper Malmborg now that you mention it, it does seem cause for alarm. Huh.

    • @Alex Mogrove You can tell by the way the rust is formed. If it was natural it wouldn't be built up like that in large clumps.

  • Amazing work!🥰

  • I apricieat your work,welldone!!❤️🔥

  • Looks great! Enjoyable video.

  • Люблю видео подобного рода! Хочу дать рекомендацию относительно этого ролика. Очень бросается в глаза несоответствие производимой операции и инструмента/способа, для этого выбранного. С самого начала: 1. тесак зажат в тиски, обработан средством от ржавчины и чистится отверткой. Неужели не было бы проще опустить весь тесак в ёмкость (подходящий белый тазик далее используется в ролике на пятой минуте), залить очистителем ржавчины и почистить там же металлической щёткой? Плюсы: так делают все обычные люди, грязь остается в ёмкости, а не падает на стол. Минусы: нет "красивого" кадра со снятием пластов ржавчины. 2. операция с электролизом. Тот же самый вопрос, почему не погрузить тесак в ёмкость, которая позволит полностью покрыть тесак водой? Зачем сначала всё положить в банку, а потом размешивать соду в воде? 3. операции по спиливанию ручки и сверление в ней отверстий. зачем делать это на весу? Это не только менее удобно, но также может повлиять на результат, т.к. имеет место смещение детали под нагрузкой. 4. Склейка ручки на 15:52. Зачем использовать струбцину, если к вас есть нормальные тиски, которые обеспечат зажим на всей протяженности ручки? Я понимаю, что мой взгляд поверхностный, ни на что не претендую. Желаю успеха в развитии проекта и выработке собственного стиля, за которым будет приходить аудитория!

  • Love it, the handle I’m not a fan of personally but the whole thing still looks amazing!

    • personally, i would have left the tang full length, and built the handle with a strip of metal you can see on the side of the handle

    • When I saw him cut down the handle - I thought No! what are you doing

    • I think he weakened the tang by removing all that material and making the rivet holes too big, this things are supposed to withstand heavy hits.

    • @Josh Lescalleet ..ah ok. Other people were complaining that it was too thick as well, and should be better contoured to not slip out of the hand

  • Всё очень хорошо. Всё просто великолепно. Но не хватает завершающего аккорда: когда всё сделано, надо обмотать рукоятку тесака синей изолентой. Вот тогда будет достигнуто совершенство.

  • Awesome job. Congratulations, my friend. : )

  • i was really questioning when the coffee cleaned the blade, but i am not an expert, amazing work!

  • Your video is very interesting, I really love it a lot. Thanks!

  • 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

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


    • 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

  • Amazing work!

  • So bad ass!! I want that cleaver!! Amazing job. I have a cleaver that was handed down from my grandfather along with some knives. But I dont have the tools or the know-how.

  • Amazing restoration

  • Quem faz restauraçao, tem o meu respeito.

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

  • Muito lindo

  • I can't believe that beautiful cleaver was hidden in there

  • Oh my goodness! Killer a lot.... no words to say , you are really fantastic. nuff said!!! Greetings from Brazil 😉

  • Watching this I almost think it’s the beginning of a horror movie kind of expecting in the final scene you’re going to show someone about to get attacked with that nice shiny very sharp cleaver……😆🇨🇦…you did an amazing job on this!

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

    • You know it's fake right lol, for it to be caked in that much rust and the ebony alone to to be completely ruined is quite literally impossible, let alone the blade having to permanently damaged to the core...

    • 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 O

    • @Soufian Chamoko jesteś polakiem

    • No

  • Es demasiado satisfactorio ver el proceso de como se limpia

  • Bellisimo muchas gracias por compartir

  • Really awesome video. Just wondering though, why the effort and expense? Unless an item has got sentiment value, why not just buy a new one? And with half the tang gone, is it even safe to use? Not criticism either as like I said, masterful work and restoration.

  • It's just so satisfying to watch your videos, for that matter any restoration video. The way restorations take place, are equivalent to the way through which, a backbencher, skinny crying kid, transform himself into an alpha male, after years of grind and hardwork, going through tough time and getting electrically shocked XD. The most satisfying thing was, however, the small piece of apple that you cut at the end.

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

    • @papercut Probably a tenth of the environmental impact of the mining, refining, tailings production, smelting and forging in making a new one. Furthermore the amount of water he used is tiny, and any residual iron oxide would fall out in minutes - iron oxide is pretty innocuous - I think my wife gets that much injected directly into her bloodstream every other week. Nothing at all like the arsenic, SO2 and other noxious longer term substances you get from refining. Yes I know, pollution is bad, but it’s amazing seeing people whining who obviously don’t understand the processes, chemistry or realize what actually is a dangerous pollutant. You could drink the water after it stood for a couple hours, and any sludge you slurped will make sure you’re not iron deficient.

    • @papercut just watch and don't whine, you're basically a shifty critic

    • @papercut Yeah, I like the idea of using an acid bath over electrolysis, it's simpler.

    • @theBaron0530 i agree but to be honest, the whole proccess of restoring this cleaver was more wasteful, all the electricity, water and materials he used werent the cleaver's. Awesome piece though but i dont think thats the idea these videos are trying to share.

  • You gave the knife a new life, looks cool

  • Nice job, mate. I have a new respect for instant coffee!

  • Is no one going to question how rusty dusty that is?! Also cool

  • Buen trabajo❤️‍🩹

  • The color from the coffee came out so beautiful, also the handle is great. And it's sharp as well. I'm a chef and I'll totally buy this

    • Did he use coffee to give it just color? How will it not go away? Its instant coffee

    • Instant coffee, for a day. Flaming hot cheetos for a week to get a red tint.

    • @Infinite Universe im not sure where you're from, but in the US they currently have a rather high profile case in the courts; ghilslaine maxwell. Who is being charged with assisting in trafficking and enslaving under age girls from the USA. It doesn't just happen in third world countries. In the UK, they recently had the rotherham grooming gang scandal. Where it has been proven in court that the police assisted in the grooming and rape of English girls.

    • @Infinite Universe im not sure why you're taking this so personally. We started by simply contradicting each other on whether everything can be bought. Whether you or I personally can or would do such things is completely regardless. Its an objective fact these thing can and do happen every day. Fortunately not wherever we live, but that wasn't part of the situation we started on.

    • @Katrina Thinesen very very desperate people

  • Turned out beautiful.

  • It’s 2 am and I’m watching the whole thing planning my next knife restore and I’ve never even restored a knife in my life…

  • This dud saw hope in what I saw as hopeless...I'm living for it ✨

  • This masterpiece would have been prettier if it had been in gold. 🟡💛

  • This is amazing. Kudos to you for doing work like this and bringing these amazing pieces back to life.

  • Pretty cool restoration, my only gripe is what was done with the handle. Wouldn't a person want the tange to be bigger and the handle to be more then just glued on for structural reasons?

  • Que lindo!!!