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Last day in Bac Ha wandering around before we had to load up I followed the sound of metal being ground on a wheel and discovered the blacksmith area.

They are working on the heavy knives used by the farmers as small axes. As far as I can tell they call them a ‘zoot’.

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What I was seeing was the final steps. The handles were formed as was the basic shape so all that was left was to temper the cutting edge and some final straightening.

 

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I got a video of it too:

 

first video post – I’ll have to see how it does.