Balisong knifemaking is usually a big family enterprise....



... .Relatives live together in a compound where in each hut, one family has a specialty in making a certain part of the knife. It is like a production style system. Hardly would a knife be produced by one family alone.....




...One family specializes in producing the u channel of the handles......

....Another family is in charge of the production of inserts. Here, a man is hacksawing a horse bone to become an insert on the handle....

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.....Another does the blade. Notice that the materials on the lower left side. They are leaf springs of automobiles which are high carbon steels and are excellent blade materials....


 


....The blades are being hand forged and then heat treated for hardening......


....Another family's expertise is the final stage, ... the finishing. The circular plates on the wall are wheels of different grits, while the wheel on the opposite side of the bench is the buffing wheel for the final and last step.

 

 

 
 

 


Here's a collection of photographs of everyday life at Barrio Balisong Batangas Philippines:

   
 
 
 
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