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How Blacksmiths make Swords & Survival Knives in Thailand

How Blacksmiths make Swords & Survival Knives in Thailand


(upbeat music)
(bellows huffing) (metal clanging) – He works with his cat. (cat chirps) – Oh this one, this go to Japan. – [Woman] Ooh, samurai. – [Woman In Gray] Made to order. (woman in gray speaks Thai) (Blacksmith chuckles) – [Woman In Gray] Next one– – No no, no no no. – [Woman] Be careful. – Only handle, huh. Aah! (laughs nervously) – [Woman] Oh, no no no. – No no, no no. – [Woman] It’s very sharp. Oh my god. Why Japan is, like, samurai? (Blacksmith laughs) (woman laughs) – [Woman In Gray] It looks like the– (Blacksmith speaks Thai) Very expensive. – How much is that one sir? – 57,000. – Whoa.
– [Woman] Oh, whoa. (Blacksmith laughs) Wow. – It’s a Thai sword. – [Woman] Is that samurai also? – [Man In Plaid] That one’s there– – [Woman] Samurai, no? – No, that’s the Thai. – [Woman] Thai? Ah, Thais. (Blacksmith speaks Thai) – This one 3,000 and 500. – [Man In Plaid] Too big for a suitcase. – [Woman] Oh, oh my god.
(man in plaid laughs) (group laughs) – [Man In Plaid] Looks
good on you, sir. (woman in gray speaks Thai) (Blacksmith replies in Thai) – This one is usable now. The samurai one is not
usable; just for show only. He said it’s too expensive to chop things, but this one isn’t. (woman in gray speaks Thai) (Blacksmith replies in Thai) It’s when they’re doing
performance, things like that, that’s gonna be–
– [Woman] Careful. (grinders shrilling) (machines humming) (gouge clicks on wood) (engines humming) (grinder shrilling) (tools tapping) (sander rumbles) (sander rasps) (hammer taps on metal) (grinders shrilling) (tools hammering) (hammer taps hollowly) (hammer taps)
(grinder rumbling) (saw rasps)
(grinders shrilling) (hammer taps) (sawing) (hammer bangs) (hammer taps) (hammer taps) (faint music) (file scratching metal) – Oh now, he just try to
make the pad smooth, so he gonna leave that one with the pad. Now the pad, there’s like, not equal; so now, from here, repair it. Then he gonna like, put that
one back in the machine, then rub with the big sword. So you can see like, the
different colors of the pad. So it’s not equal; they’re gonna rub until it’s all the same color. (grinder whirs) (grinder buzzes) (shovel scrapes at charcoal) (charcoal rustles through sieve) (bellows huff) (fire crackles) (mallet clangs) (blade clinks) (mallet clangs) (blade clinks) (bellows huffing) (grinders buzzing) (bellows huff) (blade hisses in water) (tongs clank on grip) (bellows huff) (blades clink) (blade hisses in water) [Man in plaid] Actually it makes the steel stronger. That’s why they do it. (blade hisses in water) – [Woman In Gray] Yeah, they’re like, hot is stronger than the dark one. (bellows huffing) (blade clanks) (mallet taps on metal) (saw blade buzzes) (tools tapping) (blade chips on wood) (blade chops on wood) (blade chips on wood) (grinders buzzing) (tools tapping) (sander buzzes) (mallet taps) (faint music) (grinders buzzing) (vise crank scrapes) (vehicle motor puttering) (tools tapping) (grinders shrilling) (hammer taps on metal) (motorcycle engine puttering) (vise crank clinks) (woman singing on radio)
(tools tapping) (grinders shrilling) (metal clicks onto handle) (hammer taps) (aerosol spray hisses) – [Man In Plaid] Beautiful. Fantastic man! Beautiful. (man singing on radio) (hammer taps) (blade chips at wood) (tool shrills) (file rasps) (man singing on radio) (hammer tapping on sheath) (grinder buzzing) (filing) (hammer taps at sheath) (grinder buzzes) (sawing through wood) (tools tapping) (Blacksmith speaks Thai) (woman exclaims) (Blacksmith speaks Thai) (gouge into wood) (dagger clatters quietly in case) – So many nice knives to choose from, it’s difficult to make
a decision. (chuckles) (woman speaks Thai) (blade into sheath) I think I like this one. – This one. (man in plaid chuckles) – [Man In Plaid] The boss,
branding his masterpiece. (hammer taps) – [Man In Plaid] So what does it say? In Thai? (woman translating into Thai) – My name, Boon-tang. – Oh, Boon-tang. – Boon-tang.
– His name, Boon-tang. – For everybody out there wondering how much this machete is, or this survival knife, 2,200 baht. Bear in mind, many many hours of work goes into making these machetes, and one man alone spends an entire day finishing off the handle
and the brass work. There’s the boss wrapping
up our new blade. (woman speaking Thai) (upbeat music) (tongs squeak and rattle) (blade scrapes on wet stone) (blade chops on wood) – [Man In Plaid] Beautiful.

100 thoughts on “How Blacksmiths make Swords & Survival Knives in Thailand”

  1. ★★★ Hello fans > Starting in March we will be uploading the NEW series "How Blacksmiths make Golok Machetes in Indonesia." From Bogor in West Java, to Central Java and Lombok Island; there will be dozens of blacksmiths pounding away!

  2. Ебаные гринго даже с оружием не умеют обращаться!!!

  3. I suspect the katana was a copy of the shape but not formed with the soft and hard steels ie it would break easily when used as a weapon. The bowie knife had been burnt at the end (too much heat from the grinder) as a result the steel had been ruined. These are replicas of very low quality – good for tourist souvenirs but not much else.

  4. 57000 baht for the samurai swird yet I bet the workers fet sfa from the sale of it the boss profits most just look at all the gold he has on workers toil away he profits..

  5. It’s amazing the craftsmanship these gentlemen display with such simple tools. I’m an American blade smith who’s gotten sucked into the “I’ve got to have the best tools” mantra to make a good blade but these men prove a quality utilitarian blade can be made with the right know how. I’m very impressed and politely disagree with the knife snobs who say these blades are junk. No they might not be made of the best steel or heat treated/tempered or created as other smiths do in modern countries but that doesn’t mean they’re any less useful or beautiful.
    PS I do agree with some of the other commenters that the owners probably don’t care for tourists putting their fingers/oil all over their blades.

  6. Im japanese blood filipino as i saw you touching the Samurai sword and trying to touch the blade that is not good . Dont touch the samurai sword blade as we dont touching it , it will take the soul out of the samurai sword . As my grand dad told me when I was a kid .

  7. WELL thank you for the video , truly enjoyed it..  2 Questions.     1.   was the blades Grinded to shape only ??    2.  the gentle man making the sheath , did you bring his technique home with you ?    I will be watching the next video . and amazing what I saw and learned to far. thank you.

  8. The most are working tools for farmer. To make steel you have to put the iron in water (oil) at a certain temperature. If it was that easy to just hold the cutting edge in the water, the Japanese would have done it too.

  9. I practice twin swords… nice to see this. These guys should wear a face mask…. the coal dust sticks in your lungs and could cause you cancer. good workmanship!!

  10. السيف الثاني احسن سيف
    عن خبرة
    اذا اردت اختيار سيف فعليك ان تختار سيف قبظته طويلة ومعدنه فيه شي من اليؤنة وليس لين

  11. Seamos sinceros hacen un trabajo bastante mediocre y templan aceros industriales con agua y no con aceite pulen la hoja sin enfriar la misma con agua para evitar que se descarbure y por eso mismo del modo que pulen la hoja será bastante frágil

  12. Not one with hearing protection. America needs to invade, unionize them, get them free medical care, get corrupt officials into government promising them better jobs, raise their salary and then they will have enough money to buy ear plugs.

  13. These knives will never be made in America. They work in deplorable conditions. Not one of them was texting or updating their Facebook profile, and I don’t think any of them were taking selfies. In humane!

  14. Northern people are always more efficient and orderly. Northern Europeans, Northern Asians, northern Americans (Canadians).

    People in the Southern Hemisphere are mostly barbaric, disorderly and unclean. I don’t mean “unclean” in some negative way. I mean it as they are not concerned with tidiness and having things uniform and consistent. Disorder, sloppiness and a hodge podge of shit seems to be the Southern Hemisphere.

  15. Ножи при заточке перекаливают..Сталь так себе..Ой, халтура для туристов….

  16. I would also hope he pays them to be filmed. He will make money from the footage. but they only make money from the sale of the item. just my opinion. They should get compensated.

  17. First thing you need to learn manner of south east asia custom.. Never ever try to touch the blade with your hand or finger.. If you still wanted to touch it.. Use ur finger nails.. Only refer to precious weapon..

  18. มึงก็ให้เขาจับหน่อยบักฆวยแพงเหี้ยอะไรวะก็แค่เหล็กธรรมดากากๆ

  19. 12:47 that’s some seriously impressive skills. He’s very accurate in the chops more than most people can claim to be

  20. I loved this video. No fancy factorys just the right blacksmithing skills , patience a good eye ,and time. Beautiful swords and knifes can be made. The scabbard maker sure knew how to trim a scabbard with only a sharp blade. Also his fingers was close to that table saw blade. I wouldn't have done that.. anyway This is how it would have been done in ancient times. Again I loved this video

  21. Fine work here….Citadel in Cambodia top shelf as well,and of course Nepal Kamis,& Chamorro in Guam.lol...God I love blades.lol..

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