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Thought you'd like to see a few old Thai/Hmong hill tribe knives that I've accumulated. In addition, I wanted to see if others could see the pics here.

Cheap knife with blue plumbing pipe sheath was maybe $2. Old pointy knife next to it I got free from my sister-in-law who is a scrap dealer. My old Thai blacksmith friend made me a twin of that as a gift. He made the curved knife next to the rattan sheath, also a gift. The short one next to it is a beautiful Mien (Yao) hill tribe knife with some sort of rosewood handle. Cost me $5. back in 1979.

Edit: I first said Hmong knife, but it's Mien. Both make good stuff.
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I believe those would be hot forged knives, very difficult to forge iron cold, it would have to e silver or copper, which don't make very good knives.
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What did I miss?

Thanks for the pics,I like the band work!

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Thanks for the pics,I like the band work!

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Mighty fine work there.. This is the kind of work I strive towards every time I light the forge..
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I believe those would be hot forged knives
Until that point that you re-read the title of the post and realize that "cool" is spiffy and not cold. lol Nice knives.

Running the river in Vn we would come across all type and shapes of knives and machetes, all of which were home made of sorts. All deadly standing in front of the pointy ends of things. Of course M-14's and M-60's at your back while your looking at the contents of the boat makes all the difference in the world.

USMCPOP, I found some nice sharps down in Ven., South America and Mexico a time or two. But that was in the day when you could carry such things in baggage that was not carry on. Hell, I can remember not having to have carry on baggage etc searched. Good old days. lol
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Mighty fine work there.. This is the kind of work I strive towards every time I light the forge..
The old guy had zero power tools. Not even a hand-cranked grinder. He would clean up a rough-forged blank with a homemade draw knife made from an old, worn out file. He did use a file to get the final edge before hardening/tempering. After that, it was sharpen it on a locally-sourced rock. They have some that are like Washita or Arkansas stones, but used with water.
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I believe those would be hot forged knives, very difficult to forge iron cold, it would have to e silver or copper, which don't make very good knives.
Actually cold forging of iron and steel is common. Example: the heads of golf clubs. Hot forging changes the crystallization of the metal and cold forging does not. Although it's called cold forging after the metal has been struck a couple of times there is no way you could hold it in your hand. It's not red hot but it's hot.
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Here's a good video showing a Thai blacksmith performing some of his magic. Pabong Village near Chiang Dao in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand.


https://youtu.be/GM0Mlt4YgxM
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