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Reading Exercise: Information, Advice, and How-To » Slowly Makes the Blade Beautiful

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ช้า ๆ ได้พร้าเล่มงาม
chaaH chaaH daiF phraaH lemF ngaamM
Slowly Makes the Blade Beautiful
waaF theungR gaanM dteeM phraaH naH khrapH
(This saying) refers to the forging of a knife (or machete).
ช่างตีเหล็กสมัยก่อนเขาใช้เหล็กเป็นแท่ง ๆ ซึ่งเรียกว่าเหล็กแหนบทำ
changF dteeM lekL saL maiR gaawnL khaoR chaiH lekL bpenM thaaengF thaaengF seungF riiakF waaF lekL naaepL thamM
Blade smiths in olden times used steel bars which were called 'sheaves of metal.'
dooyM meeM dtaoM phaoR seungF chaiH thaanL
(The blacksmith) used a kiln (or forge) fired by charcoal.
meeM khreuuangF bpaoL lohmM khaoF bpaiM haiF raawnH raaengM
Bellows were also used to produce a high heat.
phaoR lekL haiF daaengM chaanR gaawnL namM maaM dteeM bohnM thangF lekL duayF khaawnH bpaaetL bpaawnM
(The blade smith) would heat the metal until it was bright red prior to it being taken to the metal anvil for beating with an eight pound hammer;
dooyM haiF eekL khohnM huaatL graL namL
...another person would hammer at the metal bar (in turn).
พอเหล็กหายแดงก็ซุกเข้าเตาอีก แดงได้ที่ก็เอาออกมาตี
phaawM lekL haaiR daaengM gaawF sookH khaoF dtaoM eekL daaengM daiF theeF gaawF aoM aawkL maaM dteeM
Once the metal loses its red color, it is placed into the kiln (or forge) once again; when the piece was red again, it is removed and hammered again.
thamM yuuL yaangL neeH johnM daiF ruupF raangF
This process continues again and again until the metal attains the (desired) shape.
ค่อยใช้ค้อนขนาดเหมาะมือของช่างตบแต่งให้ได้ลักษณะ โดยอาศัยเตาเผาให้เหล็กอ่อนตัวก่อนตีเช่นกัน
khaawyF chaiH khaawnH khaL naatL mawL meuuM khaawngR changF dtohpL dtaengL haiF daiF lakH saL naL dooyM aaM saiR dtaoM phaoR haiF lekL aawnL dtuaaM gaawnL dteeM chenF ganM
Little by little, hammers of various appropriate sizes are used and the blade smith obtains the correct characteristics (of the knife) with the kiln softening the metal each time before it is hammered.
เสร็จแล้วก็ใช้ตะไบแต่งให้เรียบ และลับให้คม
setL laaeoH gaawF chaiH dtaL baiM dtaengL haiF riiapF laeH lapH haiF khohmM
Once this (stage is) completed a file is used until the metal is smooth and it is ground and whetted until it is sharp.
khaawyF choopH haiF geertL khwaamM glaaF khaengR
It is then plated to create hardness.
พอดี ๆ กว่าจะได้แต่ละเล่ม ต้องใช้เวลาเป็นครึ่งค่อนวันแหล่ะครับ
phaawM deeM deeM gwaaL jaL daiF dtaaeL laH lemF dtawngF chaiH waehM laaM bpenM khreungF khaawnF wanM laeL khrapH
For adequate quality, each blade will take almost half a day to be completed.
neeF kheuuM theeF maaM khaawngR phaaM sitL khaangF dtohnF
This, then, is the historic background for the above saying.