Saturday, January 15, 2011
Tomahawk and the THAI STYLE JUNGLE KNIVES
Folks, I have been off the net for the past few days exploring the area with my Lady friend Mam and her friend Joy. Yesterday we spent most of the day fishing and foraging for snails and wild edibles in the woods. These two ladies know quite a bit about the local edibles so, I had my listening ears tuned to what they were saying and showing me.
Last evening we cooked the fish ,snails and mushrooms that we collected in the woods ,we feasted on those goodies ,along with the ever present sticky rice.
Today we headed out to the small town of Laopaksai, where Joy has her family home that she shares with her mom and two beautiful young daughters. In Laopaksai, there is a knife maker named, Saijung Kaipo who has his forge next to his house. I really dig the simple forge, and the old tractor tire he uses for a water trough. I noticed that Saijung Kaipo, uses a lot of scrap metal, leaf springs etc. for his knives.
Saijung Kaipo can make several different sizes and styles and knives but ,what I like the most are his hand forged Axe and Hatched heads. These heads remind me of some of the hand forged tomahawk heads I have seen in the USA.
These Knives and Axe/hatchet heads have a nice heft , some of the knives come with tubular handles and others with wood. One thing that I have noticed in Thailand (at least in this area) is that they don't seem to use a sheath for their jungle knives like you see in the Philippines or Malaysia. I have seen some knife sheaths here made from a heated and flattened piece of PVC pipe tho.
Take a look at the pictures and if there is anyone interested in buying one or more of these knives and or Axe/hatchet heads, drop me a line and Ill quote you a price to include shipping to the USA or elsewhere in the world. I wanted to get a video of Saijung Kaipo working his forge but he wasnt around today, I think the old rascal may have been sleeping off a bottle of thai whiskey – not sure tho...
I have to tell you tho, these blades are made one at a time by a skilled knife maker ,on a primitive forge, using simple tools, so It might take a few days for him to get all of the orders filled.
My contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone here in Thailand is +66807705329
And Finally, My friend Joy wanted me to say that she is available, and looking for a guy from the USA or Europe who likes the outdoors ,camping and living in the country. If anyone is interested, please feel free to drop me a line and Ill get back to you with Phone number email contact info.
Tomahawk – scouts out!