Hmong Knife

Is there such a tool that could easily be used for butching meat as well as peeling the skin of an apple, while at the same time be used as a fork, a screwdriver, a hammer, a lawnmower, or a pencil sharpener? How about self-defense, a can opener, a measuring gadget, or anything else anyone can think of? The answer is YES! There is such a thing called the “Hmong Knife.” Every Hmong family owns a “Hmong Knife.”


The Hmong Knife is a traditional and spiritual knife used by the elder Hmong generations. The front section of the blade is mainly used for cutting, and the bulging-part of the blade is mainly used for chopping and butchering.

This isn’t the typical Whiteman’s knife where each individual blade is designed for a specialized cut. Need to kill a pig for a ritual? No problem. Use the Hmong Knife to puncture a hole in the pig’s throat to kill the pig. Use the Hmong Knife to scrap off the pig’s hair. Use the Hmong Knife to cut out the pig’s organs. Use the Hmong Knife to butcher the pig into pieces. Use the Hmong Knife to remove bone from meat. Use the Hmong Knife to…, well you get the idea. How many knives do Hmong people use to kill a pig? JUST ONE. How many knives do the White people use to kill a pig? At least four including the razor knife, the carver knife, the butcher knife, and the boning knife.

Now, the spiritual aspect of the Hmong Knife is what makes the Hmong Knife different. The Hmong Knife is a designated instrument used to ward off evil spirits (Hmong Cultural Tour). Simply place the Hmong Knife under your pillow to forget those nasty nightmares. Or place the Hmong Knife by the doors to prevent evil spirits from entering.

The Hmong Knife is so legendary that it may be considered to be in the same class as Yamato-Dake’s Kusanagi sword from Japan’s history or even King Arthur’s Excalibur from Britain history. If you don’t agree, I suggest that you buy a Hmong Knife as soon as possible. Don’t know where to buy one? Ask a Hmong person.




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5 Responses to “Hmong Knife”

  1. Cool vid and blog!
    As a “whiteman” who likes to carry one knife and who used to hang with a bunch of H’mong in Seattle, I have a H’mong knife that goes everywhere with me in the woods.
    I watched an old man make firewood out of 6″ alder logs like it was nothing on a cold day fishing on the river. He held the knife differently than I’d seen anyone hold a knife before, and kind of flicked his wrist to chop the logs. The knife was sharp before and after he’d turned the logs into firewood. That was when I started asking my friend Bee about getting me a knife. It took a while, but Bee finally got me one and traded the knife to me for some work I did for him. It was worth it.
    It really is everything you need outside the city – axe, knife, digger, everything – all in one.
    I’d like to get another one sometime, if I can find one.

    • Hey Glenn,
      There’s a very famous Hmong Flea Market here in St. Paul, MN. I know of a Hmong bladesmith selling his knives there. Though I can’t be sure of the quality since I haven’t as of yet gone and checked them out even though the market is only a few blocks away from my house. But I’m sure they’re decent, and if not, I’m sure there are other places to find one since the Twin Cities has the largest urbanized hmong community in the country. Oh man, you should see mine. It’s not in tip-top shape anymore but the design is awesome. There are a couple types of hmong knives. The most famous being the straight-spined “female” knife. But mine is what my mother described as the “pig-sticker”. Good luck on your endeavors homie.

  2. Lol, I still get a kick out of this. Well mastered! =)

  3. teddharris Says:

    I recently made a knife inspired by the Hmong knives I have seen and seen pictures of. It has a 12″ blade forged from a leaf spring, as are those the Hmong blacksmiths make. I am truly impressed with the way this knife performs!

    I’m not aware how to attach a picture of my knife, but here is a link to a site showing blacksmiths making them in their own country.

  4. Khaty Xiong Says:

    I was writing my nonfiction piece for my Nonfiction course, and upon describing the ways in which one sacrifices a pig, I decided to pause in mid-sentence to look up “Hmong Knife” (so as to have a visual in order for me to describe the blade that is used for the killing). Anyway, I accidentally stumbled onto your blog and was struck by the humor in the use of the Hmong Knife.

    I found the funny infomercial absolutely brilliant and funny. The humor also appealed to me because it’s very true that just a single knife in a Hmong household can do just about any work that requires “cutting” or for simply spiritual purposes.

    Regardless, this has been an enjoyable experience, haha.

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