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Lhatse Tibetan Knife

Time:21-08-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Tibetan knife, as one of the most representative arts and crafts in Tibet, has four functions: production, living, self-defense and decoration. Lhatse snow Tibetan knives are mainly distributed in Lhatse Xue village (Snow village), Lhatse county, central Shigaste city, with a long history of more than 1000 years.There are three kinds of Tibetan knives made in Lhaste area: long knife, short knife and small knife (daggers), the longest could be one meter, short one is about 40 centimeters, and dagger is only about ten centimeters.

Lhatse Tibetan Knife

The general production process of Tibetan knife includes smelting and melting, mould turning and casting, tapping and digging, carving and inlaying, welding combination, reinforcement, file grinding and shaping, fine carving and magnesium washing and polishing.

Lhaste Tibetan knife is forged from steel with fine processing, clean surface and sharp edge. The hilt is made of ox horn or wood and wrapped with silver or copper or iron wire. The scabbard is also very exquisite covered with silver or copper, some are engraved with patterns of flowers and animals, and some are even inlaid with jewels and gilding, which makes it extremely gorgeous and exquisite. Among the Tibetan knife produced in Shigaste city, Lhatse Tibetan knife is the most famous one. It is characterized by excellent steel quality, tough blade, fine carving and simple shape.

In 2007, Lhaste Tibetan knife was listed in the second batch of intangible cultural heritage of Tibet autonomous region. In 2008, it was listed as the second batch of national intangible cultural heritage.

Lhatse Tibetan Knife

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Mr. Ul*** from: Mount Kailash Weather & Mount Kailash Temperature
September 15, 2019 05:31

Hi Nancy

I want to visit in Oct 2020 and do the Mt Kailash tour. I want to bring two of my grandchildren - aged 8 and 10 years old. Do you think it is possible?


Answered by Nancy
September 15, 2019 07:06

Dear Mr. Ul***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. I think it will be no problem for you to bring your grandchildren to do the trekking, as we had clients before who took child less than 4 years old did it, and they hired porter to carry him for some part. If you like, you can hire a horse and horse man to carry them to save the energy there. And also I recommend you to arrive in Lhasa1-2days earlier to make the children adjust the high place better if you have enough time. And I will send you the tour details, please check it by email. Best regards.

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