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Knife village retains 300-year-old traditional craft

Phuc Sen Village is located 30km from Cao Bang City, Cao Bang Province. The village is filled with the sounds of workers beating and hammering steel as they forge knives using traditional techniques and recycled materials.

 Currently, 160 workshops are in operation, offering stable jobs for over 300 local labourers.

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What makes Phuc Sen knives special is the manual forging process. However, some steps done manually previously are now assisted with machineries. (Photo: Minh Quyet/VNA)
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Knife products by Minh Tuan Phuc Sen Cooperative in Phuc Sen Commune, Quang Uyen District, Cao Bang Province were recognised as three-star agricultural products in 2020. (Photo: Vu Sinh/VNA)
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Some blacksmithing steps can now be done with machineries. (Photo: Vu Sinh/VNA)
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Knife products by Minh Tuan Phuc Sen Cooperative in Phuc Sen Commune, Quang Uyen District, Cao Bang Province were recognised as three-star agricultural products in 2020. (Photo: Minh Quyet/VNA)
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Final steps of blacksmithing in Minh Tuan Phuc Sen Cooperative. (Photo: Vu Sinh/VNA)
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Final steps of blacksmithing in Minh Tuan Phuc SenCcooperative. (Photo: Vu Sinh/VNA)
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Knife products by Minh Tuan Phuc Sen Cooperative in Phuc Sen Commune, Quang Uyen District, Cao Bang Province were recognised as three-star agricultural products in 2020. (Photo: Minh Quyet/VNA)

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Knife village retains traditional craft

Knife village retains traditional craft

Phuc Sen Village in the northern province of Cao Bang is not a place first-time visitors might want to stay long, as the noise may come as a shock.

Steel takes shape as the furnace roars

Steel takes shape as the furnace roars

The summer sun adds to the heat on Lò Rèn (Blacksmith) Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, which is home to dozens of shops selling steel frames. The pace of life is as it is most days.

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