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A picture showing how they smelt
the steel in the old days. The man in the middle is pumping fresh oxygen into the furnace.


3 swordmakers forging the sword.

Swordmaking

The traditional swordmaking of the Thais generally rely on the quality of the metal. I marvel the Japanese swordmaking techniques where one combines three different types of steel to forge a sword and forges the Samurai sword into layers and layers of different physical qualities of steel.

The Thais however use simple techniques. Once the metal is smelted and released of impurities, the metal is the cast into a mold and prepared for forging and tempering. Our traditional metallurgy is rather simple and primitive compared to that of the medieval Japanese and Europeans.

It is the rare quality of the Namphi steel itself and the charming rituals, not the forging techniques that makes the sword so famous.