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Mean Mizoram knives draw admirers, buyers
Published on 21 Nov. 2009 11:31 PM IST
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At India International Trade Fair, if you happen to buy a product from Zothanpuia’s stall, be sure to collect your certificate from the director of the Mizoram stall. For Zothanpuia’s stall offers an array of knives, and rest assured they are anything but usual kitchen knives. And without the director’s certificate assuring that the knives were purchased from his pavilion, crossing the security barrier will not be possible. A blacksmith in Aizawl, Zothanpuia flaunts a variety of knives with very cutting edge names — Tomahawk, Barbarian Samurai, Ninja Samurai, Rambo Knife, Combat Knife and African Survival. “Though I do not export them, I have a loyal customer base in Mizoram. People use them for hunting and clearing forests. Mizo soldiers from the Indian Army are regular buyers too,” says Zothanpuia through an interpreter. He has been making such knives for 20 years now, and was taught by his grandfather. Each knife takes at least two weeks to prepare, one of the reasons for their steep price. Zothanpuia’s knives cost anywhere between Rs 500 and Rs 2,000. “I design the knives on my own, and a team of five works under me to forge them,” he says. Delhiites have been stopping by, and Zothanpuia has sold quite a few decorative knives.

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