Red Forgeworks

"The Hog Splitter"


This knife is basically a cross between a cleaver and a sledge hammer. This traditional butcher's tool is something of a throwback to earlier times, when butchering was performed entirely by hand. Before modern-day slaughterhouses began using band-saws and conveyor belts, butchers used these large cleavers to quarter animals into primal cuts quickly and efficiently. Old-school butchers and barbecue enthusiasts today use the hog splitter to process large game or livestock.

The Red Forgeworks version weighs approx. 10-1/2 lbs. and has an entirely hand-forged ~17-1/2" S-7 tool steel blade, with an overall length of 36". The blade is differentially tempered for excellent shock resistance and tremendous toughness.
The handle features black locust from the mountains of western North Carolina (or your choice of wood from our selection of locally available or reclaimed hardwoods).

This knife can be made in a range of weights from 8 to 12 lbs. Contact us at [email protected] for pricing and availability.