Knife maker shop in the suq of Aswan, Egypt, March 21, 2009
Knife maker's shop along a backstreet in the suq of Aswan. Two aziyar (Arabic plural of zir, large pottery jar for water) at the entrance of the shop hold drinking water for the workers and customers.
Hamada Hadid uses a hammer and stump anvil (embedded in concrete).
Closeup of the stump anvil and hammer.
Met'tain Sabr uses a grinding wheel to sharpen a sakinah (Arabic, butcher knife) A pottery bowl and water dipper are situated behind the grinding wheel.
Met'tain uses two fingers to hold blade against the sharpening wheel.
Met'tain looks down the blade after sharpening
Hadji Sabr, father of the knifemakers in Aswan.
Mus (Arabic, a folding knife) with a blade measuring 11.7 cm long, 2.4 cm wide, and 1 cm. thick. Tang measures 1.1 cm in length. Handle measurese 13.1 cm long, 2.4 cm. wide and 1.7 cm. thick. Weight 48.6 grams.
Bottom view of the folding knife and the slot for the blade.
I negotiated for 4 minutes and paid $11 (US) = 275 Egyptian lire for all three knives after bargaining. There was no price difference for style of knife in our negotiation. Yes, a citizen of Aswan could probably have paid much less for the 3 knives.
Special thanks to Dr. John Shoup, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco for his advice on this webpage.
Created 9 April 2009