Medieval Knife Making

Forging Khmer Knives at Local Blacksmith

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$29.00 per guest

Highlights

  • Experience first hand how to forge your own knife, from scrap metal to finished product
  • Learn to make a knife under the guidance and supervision of our local blacksmith host
  • You will have made a unique one-of-a-kind knife, a knife that you will be proud of and call your very own
  • Witness a day in the life of a local Khmer blacksmith
  • The venue will be at the actual blacksmith's workshop, a completely authentic experience you cannot get anywhere else
  • You get a rare photo opportunity forging knives at a local blacksmith's workshop

Inclusive of:

  • All equipment, tools and materials necessary for the workshop
  • Knife to take home with you
  • English speaking facilitator
  • Light refreshments
  • Mask and eye protection accessories

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Siem Reap (can be included at additional cost)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Knife cover
  • Wooden Knife Handle
4.9 Out of 5
109 Reviews
Gavin Bishop United Kingdom
5
23 Aug, 2019

A really great experience, thoroughly enjoyed by both me and my 10 year old son. The facilitator was really friendly and...

Matthew Sponagle United States
5
15 Aug, 2019

Very awesome experience. The fast pace makes it a little hard to have everything interpreted, but if you pay attention t...

$US 29.00 per guest
2 hours
1 - 8 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

In the past glory of the Khmer empire where Angkor Wat stood as the centre of power in the Indochina region, there was a booming industry of blacksmithing, fueled by the never-ending wars as well as the need for tools to craft amazing carvings and sculptures to adorn the halls of Angkor. While the stone continues to live on in the Angkor complex and still visited by hundreds of thousands, the tools of the trade are slowly becoming sidelined as most of them are being imported from locations such as China. A few blacksmiths in the region still do things the traditional way though, melting scrap metal with a charcoal fire fanned by a hand-powered wind machine and hammered into place with well-chiseled young men. Come and enjoy an interesting day and try your hand at blacksmithing! Medieval knife making is an activity suitable for everyone to try, you can participate as much as you want (Dangerous parts will be taken over by your host), or if you feel tired you can always let your master host take over. You'll be able to see every stage of the knife making process from scrap metal to finished product. At the end of the day you'll be proud of the fact that you have made your very own knife to bring home.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Please be at the meeting point at booking start time
  • You also have the option to be picked up. Simply select this option from the add-on section
  • Safety: There will be certain parts of the workshop which will strictly be handled by the instructor only - guests are required to abide by the safety measures put in place
  • Dress Code: Long sleeves, sun glasses and covered shoes are recommended. Dresses are not recommended for females
  • If you are looking for Jewelry making class you can check out the link below Copper Bracelet: https://www.backstreetacademy.com/siem-reap/122/copper-bracelet-from-metal-to-masterpiece
  • Copper Wire Bracelet: https://www.backstreetacademy.com/siem-reap/232/copper-wire-bracelet
  • The class is offered at the same price for both adults and children

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Your Local Host

Ty Prom Leh and Ly

With more than 30 years of experience in smithing various metal tools, Mr Prom Ty is a master blacksmith who supplies custom made tools to many farmers and shops in Siem Reap. He is extremely passionate about his j...

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109 reviews from people who took this experience

Gavin Bishop United Kingdom
5
23 Aug, 2019

A really great experience, thoroughly enjoyed by both me and my 10 year old son. The facilitator was really friendly and helpful and made a huge effort to ensure we got lots out of our session. The blacksmith was really friendly and encouraged us to do lots of the work. It was great hat it was done in a working 'smithy' too - really interesting. Highly recommended!

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Matthew Sponagle United States
5
15 Aug, 2019

Very awesome experience. The fast pace makes it a little hard to have everything interpreted, but if you pay attention to body language you will understand what you need to do. Recommend wearing long pants and be ready to sweat. 

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apryl brincklow United Kingdom
5
15 Aug, 2019

My 13 year old son loved this experience. After travelling for 2 weeks through Cambodia and seeing wonderful things this trip is his best memory. The blacksmith and interpreter were friendly and he felt safe with all the tools. Thoroughly recommend.

Jamie Smail Australia
5
13 Jun, 2019

Been making knives in a small way for a few month as a hobby. Did this as a bit of a treat and it was absolutely brilliant! In and hammering hot metal straight away with very patient hosts and helpful guide/interpreter. Hot and sweaty and loads of fun.

Ellen Meyer United States
5
1 Jun, 2019

The craftsmen were very accommodating to our various needs and desires. They helped us through whatever level of participation that we wanted. They helped me figure out how to make a knife that fit my needs for a gardening tool, and helped another one of us make a beautiful hunting/camping knife. Another one in our group didn’t want to participate as much and was very happy with the custom knife that they made for her. Overall, a fantastic experience!

US$ 29.00 per guest
109 Reviews