A custom knife-maker near Buffalo is selling miniature cleavers for as much as $475 apiece.
Stonewood Designs, based in the upstate New York town of Cheektowaga, is advertising on its website an assortment of diminutive designs in varying shapes and sizes. The blades are more stylish than practical, complete with a hole in the handle for a ball chain (included in the purchase).
One cleaver that recently sold for $265 measured just over three inches in length and featured a stainless steel blade, antiqued copper handles and Kydex sheath (see pictures above and below).
Another purchased for $475 was more than seven inches long and, in addition to a stainless steel blade, featured black linen micarta handles with carbon fiber liners and a leather sheath (see pictures below).
While sleek, the blades don't seem very practical -- unless perhaps you find yourself in a similar situation to Aron Ralston, who while hiking in Utah in 2003 cut off his own forearm with a pocketknife to free himself from a boulder. The incident inspired the movie, "127 Hours."
But perhaps we're missing something. What might be some possible practical or tactical uses for a super expensive mini cleaver?