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Working Iron in an Akha Village

The blacksmith can make all the tools that an Akha village needs, from knives to hand hoes, working steel into useful quality items.

The Akha village black smith or "bah jeeh" as he is called makes ceremonial knives, regular knives, working tools of every kind, and even guns if time permits.

The most coveted metal for blacksmithing good knives is the spring steel from a truck. Metal is heated in coals with a billows made of wood, and charcoal that the blacksmith has made himself. A steel stake or large hammer head can serve as an anvil. Heating the edge of blades a second time can help them hold a better edge.


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