9.1" Cambodian / Khmer Hand Forged Carbon Spring Steel Integral Knife

9.1" Cambodian / Khmer Hand Forged Carbon Spring Steel Integral Knife
Product Code: Product 533
Product Length: 23.10 cm
Product Weight: 5.00 oz
Reward Points: 0
Availability: 1
Price: $79.00
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This integral knife was hand forged in northern Cambodia, home to the city of Angkor. Angkor was an incredible civilization, and at is peak, was one of the largest and most advanced cities in the world. The Khmer people have an incredible culture, and, as is often the case with the world’s peoples, this is evident in the blades they use. While this working knife is far from pretty, it is a masterpiece of design, and truly represents Cambodian anthropology and history.

This Cambodian integral knife is the only one of its type that I have in stock and it is a truly interesting, and very usable, agricultural and wilderness tool. It is small and light. It would, of course, be perfect for utility and household/kitchen use in the West, or as an expedient weapon anywhere in the world. 

This knife measures in at 9.1″ overall, and weights 5 oz. It was hand forged from carbon spring steel, and is of integral construction: all one piece. While this isn’t the prettiest knife around, it is practical, solid, and doesn’t have a wooden handle for you to worry about or replace. The curved blade, backswept construction and the convex grind mean this blade is both an excellent cutting tool and a tough one to boot.

The length of the cutting edge is maximized, and the tip would make this one heck of a stabbing and slicing weapon. The blade is forged with a distal taper. This improves balance and cutting performance. This particular expression of blade culture is all Khmer.

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The spine tapers to a fine point. While the entire cutting edge is sharpened to a utility edge, it’s the belly of the blade that is meant to do the work.  

There is a Khmer forge stamp on the blade. The forge scale is retained; this is a rustic-looking blade. Keeping the forge scale on the blade preserves the temper (often lost during polishing) and also holds oil well, preventing corrosion. 

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The 2.8″ long handle is surprisingly comfortable. The design of the handle allows you to creep up on the blade. I have large hands, and find the size of the handle just fine. In the Northern Philippines and Taiwan, socket handles are usually wrapped with natural fiber for greater comfort and grip, but the 0.9″ wide socket handle on this machete is perfectly comfortable as is. 

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This is a unique and well-thought-out design from an area that is home to one of the greatest cities and civilizations of the pre-Columbian world. Only here at Pinoy Steel! $79.

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