The rice knife (or “kama”) is a sickle shaped blade attached to a small wooden handle for cutting brush, vines, grasses and sprays. It’s a great tool for managing forest gardens because it allows for selective weeding, pruning and “chop and drop” mulching. The serrated blade is forged from reclaimed automotive coil spring and heat treated by a special process involving a clay slip and near boiling water. This results in maximizing the blade’s toughness and hardness without making it brittle.
A steel ferrule is installed for added durability, and the tang is riveted to the handle. The handle itself is made from re-purposed wood. This one in particular is made from a broken broom stick.
The tool can be taken completely apart for repair by simply removing the rivet.
The rice knife can come with different sized blades and handles. If you’re curious about this, contact me so we can determine what you need.
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