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Jan 17, 2013 08:12 AM

Sheath for meat cleaver

We have Dexter heavy duty meat cleaver, it works great and I'm now having to use it every day but I need a better way to store it than the cardboard box it came in. I can't seem to find a sheath for it though and I don't have a space that will fit it in my knife block.


No magnetic strips please, even if one has the strength to hold it up we have cats and I don't want to risk them getting hurt from knocking it off.

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  1. Hi, rasputina: "No magnetic strips...we have cats and I don't want to risk them getting hurt from knocking it off."

    But bobtail cats are kinda cute, no? ;)

    But seriously though, unless you could find an axe scabbard that fits (like this: ), I think you would have to have one made. Any good shoe repair person should be able to make you one.

    Also, be mindful that sheathing steel can result in rust and pitting. I once made a set of luxe butcher's tools for a friend to resell in Hawai'i, and put them in a Messermeister knife roll. Unfortunately, he kept them rolled, and rust spots were the result. Leaving carbon steel knives in leather sheaths--even in humidity-controlled gunsafes--is also a no-no.

    What about a vertical drop slot or a wood strip spaced out from a counter edge that you could simply drop the cleaver in, handle up?


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    1. re: kaleokahu

      Those are all great ideas, I'll think about them, thanks!

    2. Lots of cleavers have a hole up front where you can hang it from a nail.

      A wide knife guard may suffice also.


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      1. re: knifesavers

        Oh I like that, I'm mostly concerned with just protecting the blade edge since I'm storing it in a drawer. My cats spend a lot of time jumping up and down to the top of the cabinets so I really don't want to hang it, but that protector would be great in the drawer too.

      2. When i transport my Dexter Cleaver, or any other knife for that matter,.....I simply fold over a piece of cardboard.....from a gift box or other, cut to shape and does the job.

        If I can recall correctly, that's how commercial knives are often sold and simply packaged.

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        1. re: fourunder

          +1, I just made a bunch of new ones out of gift boxes. Works well and Eco friendly to boot.

          1. re: fourunder

            a flattened paper towel roll, slit down one side, and a couple of rubber bands.

            Not much to look at, but it works.

            1. re: sunshine842

              Great idea, I never thought of it. In the same vein, those wrapping paper rolls that I just tossed would have been nice.

            2. re: fourunder

              I'm not planning on transporting. I just need to safely store it in my kitchen and right now it's in a drawer because I have no where else to put it. But the box is only going to last so long.

              1. re: rasputina

                After you wash and dry.....just consider it transporting it to your drawer.... I , as others have, was just trying to give you a *no cost* to you option for storing. You could simply wrap in newspaper as well.

                : 0 )

              2. If you don't care about look, then actually cardbox paper (not the box) can make a good knife sheath. If you want something nicer, then try a magnetic knife guard. It won't enclose your entire blade, but it will protect and isolate the edge. Easy to take off and put on. Quick and easy. Also they can be easily use for other knives as well.




                If you want a custom knife shealth, then it will expensive.

                1. Pick up a plastic folder (page size). Place your cleaver inside and mark where you want to rivet it together. Trim excess,punch a couple holes in the sheath for a thong to hold it around your cleaveer.

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                  1. re: mudcat

                    What a great idea! Thanks for posting that.