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The origins of the Thai art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving

The art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving is an ancient tradition in Thailand with its origins stretching back to the 14th Century.  According to legend in 1364 Nang Nopamas, a royal consort of King Ramkhamhaeng (the founder of Sukhothai), made the first kratong as an offering to Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha as part of the Loy Kratong Festival. This festival to honor the Buddha is celebrated on the night of the 12th full moon, which lands in November each year. She reputedly carved fruits and vegetables in a variety of flowers which were used to decorate the floating lamp, making it look like a huge water lily. King Ramkhamhaeng was so charmed when he saw what she had created that he decreed it would be an art heritage of Thailand and should be taught at a special school in the Royal Palace.

The techniques were originally kept a close secret by those who became experts in the craft. No books were written and the technique were passed on down the generations by word of mouth and demonstration.

 
 
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For generations Thai people have called this art-form "Kae-sa-lak". As with other art forms, one must acquire patience, concentration, steady hands and the ability to imagine the completed piece. The first thing to be learned is how to hold the knives correctly. The knife is not used like a normal knife but more like an artist using a paintbrush to create a masterpiece. This type of carving uses other knives besides the classic round handled fruit and vegetable carving knife. Many sizes of knives are used depending on the size and depth of the required cutting. Every knife must be kept razor sharp at all times to produce a nice clean cut.

Most types of fruit and vegetables can be carved and used for decoration. Traditional designs do not have rules of design but natural colour and texture are taken into account in determining the design. The fruit and vegetables are normally carved into floral designs. More modern carving allows the use of colouring and the creation of animals or abstract shapes and designs.

There are 2 types of carving:

1. Skin Carving.  This involves carving fruit and vegetables where the fleshy centre is a different colour to the skin. (E.g. Melons) .When the object is finished the contrast between the skin and the flesh reveals the desired design.

2. Three Dimensional Carving. The fruit or vegetables will be carved to look like a real flower leaf or other object. This type of carving is usually used to create a flower arrangement for display purposes, or used enhance the appearance of the vegetables when they are being served.

 
 
 
 
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Fruit and Vegetable Carving knives

   
   
  Fruit carving Devon are pleased to announce the arrival of our latest shipment of stock. Our increasing popularity and buying power has enabled us to reduce our costs which we are pleased to pass on by reducing the prices of some of our most popular carving knives.
   
  All Items are stored in England enabling speedy dispatch of all orders the day after receipt of order.
   
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Item Number CK1
 
Fruit and vegetable carving knives
 
 
Thai style fruit and vegetable carving knife
 
Thai style fruit and vegetable carving knives
   
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Traditional hand crafted Thai fruit carving knives these round hand made lacquered carving knives are best for advanced carvers, although it is also a good carving knife for beginners to learn with. The design of the handle and sheath is traditional Thai pattern. The metal end can be used to trace designs on the fruit and vegetable before carving. The knife is well balanced and easy to work with. The blade is sharpened on one side only.

The knives come in several colours and have an overall length of 6 1/2' with a 1 3/4", stainless steel blade . To keep your blade sharp I would recommend use of the emery papers which is used by professional fruit carvers in Thailand. Wash in warm soapy water and dry well before storing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Item Number CK2
 
Thai style fruit and vegetable carving knife
 
Item Number CK2
Fruit carving knife price : £14.95 each
Package and postage : £1.75
 
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Modern style Thai fruit carving knives. These stylish knives are made from stainless steel with wooden ends and are best for carvers with some experience. The knives are well balanced and easy to work with.

The knives have an overall length of 6.7" with 2" stainless steel blade. To keep your blade sharp I would recommend use of the emery papers which is used by professional fruit carvers in Thailand. Wash in warm soapy water and dry well before storing.
 
   
   
   
   
   
 
Emery papers for fruit and vegetable carving knives
Item Number EMP1

Emery paper, it is best to sharpen your knife as new each time you carve as this gives a clean cut and a better finish to your carving. Use of the correct sharpening paper is very important to prevent damage to the blade.

Please note : The postage of emery is £0.05 each if ordered with other goods. For order of emery paper alone, there is a minimum order of 5 sheets.

 
Price : £0.95 each
Package and postage : £0.05
   
   
   
   
   
 
Thai fruit and vegetable carving knife
 
Thai style fruit carving knife. Turned wooden handle with no protective sheath. Stainless steel blade. Overall length 18 cm with 5.5 cm blade.
Item Number CK9
Come in an attractive velvet finish presentation and storage box. There are 3 different storage box colours.
 
Price : £8.95
Package and postage : £2.98
Storage box colour
   
   
   
   
   
 
Thai style fruit and vegetable carving knives
 
Thai fruit and vegetable carving knife
Item Number CK11
Wooden handle stainless steel bladed overall length 15 cm with 4 cm blade.Come in an attractive velvet finish presentation and storage box. There are 3 different storage box colours.
 

Price : £6.95

Package and postage : £2.98
Storage box colour
   
   
   
   
   
 
Thai style fruit and vegetable carving knife
 
Thai style fruit and vegetable carving knives
Item Number CK12
Turned wooden handle bladed Thai style carving knife. Overall length 14 cm with 5.5 cm blade.Come in an attractive velvet finish presentation and storage box. There are 3 different storage box colours.
 

Price : £7.75

Package and postage : £2.98
Storage box colour
   
   
   
   
   
 
Thai fruit and vegetable carving knife
 
Thai style fruit and vegetable carving knives
Item Number CK13
Stainless steel fruit carving-seeding knife. Overall length 15 cm with 7 cm blade.Come in an attractive velvet finish presentation and storage box. There are 3 different storage box colours.
 
Price : £7.75
Package and postage : £2.98
Storage box colour
   
   
   
   
 
Thai style fruit and vegetable carving knife gift box
Item Number CK29
Set of 2 turned wooden handled carving knives. 1 straight blade and 1 curved blade. Overall length 18 cm with 6 cm blade.Come in an attractive velvet finish presentation and storage box. There are 3 different storage box colours. Please send email to joycleveland@gmail.com for your storage box colour. Click here to see storage box colours.
 
To keep your blade sharp I would recommend use of the emery papers which is used by professional fruit carvers in Thailand.
 
For further details and to order emery papers click here
 
Price : £13.95
Package and postage : £2.98
   
   
 
   
 
 
Fruit and vegetable carving knives set CK3
 
Kom-Kom 3 Piece carving knife set. Plastic handles. Stainless steel high carbon blade.
Item Number CK3
To keep your blade sharp I would recommend use of the emery papers which is used by professional fruit carvers in Thailand.
 
For further details and to order emery papers click here
 
Price : £5.50
Package and postage : £1.75
   
   
   
   
   
   
Kom-Kom 3 Piece carving knife set
Item Number CK15
Kom-Kom 3 Piece carving knife set. Wooden handles. Stainless steel high carbon blade.
 
To keep your blade sharp I would recommend use of the emery papers which is used by professional fruit carvers in Thailand.
 
For further details and to order emery papers click here
 
Price : £13.95
Package and postage : £1.75
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fruit and vegetable carving knives CT4
Item Number CK4
Kom-Kom 2 inch blade fruit and vegetable carving knife. Wooden handle. Stainless steel high carbon blade.
 
To keep your blade sharp I would recommend use of the emery papers which is used by professional fruit carvers in Thailand.
 
For further details and to order emery papers click here
 
Price : £7.95
Package and postage : £1.75
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fruit and Vegetable Seeding knives CK10
Item Number CK10
Kom-Kom 3 inch blade seeding - fruit and vegetable carving knife. Wooden handle. Stainless steel high carbon blade.
 
Price : £6.95
Package and postage : £1.75
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fruit and vegetable carving knives CT5
Item Number CK5
Kom-Kom 2 inch blade fruit and vegetable carving knife. Plastic handle. Stainless steel high carbon blade.
 
To keep your blade sharp I would recommend use of the emery papers which is used by professional fruit carvers in Thailand.
 
For further details and to order emery papers click here
 
Price : £3.95
Package and postage : £1.45
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fruit and vegetable carving knives CT6
Item Number CK6
Kom-Kom 3 inch blade fruit and vegetable carving - seeding knife. Yellow plastic handle. Stainless steel high carbon blade.
 
Price : £2.50
Package and postage : £1.45
   
   
 
   
   
   
Kiwi and Kom Kom fruit and vegetable carving knife
Item Number CK23
Kiwi plastic plastic red handled stainless steel fruit and vegetable carving - seeding & carving knife. Overall length 16 cm with 7 cm blade.
 
Price : £1.75
Package and postage : £1.45
 
 
 
   
   
   
Fruit and vegetable carving knives CT7
Item Number CK7
Penguin 2 inch blade fruit and vegetable carving knife. Wooden handle. Stainless steel blade.
 
To keep your blade sharp I would recommend use of the emery papers which is used by professional fruit carvers in Thailand.
 
For further details and to order emery papers click here
 
Price : £5.50
Package and postage : £1.45
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fruit and vegetable carving knife, Kom- Kom Miracle zig zag
Item Number CK14
Kom - Kom Miracle Zig Zag
A multi purpose scallop shaped blade suitable for crinkle slicing a variety of fruit and vegetables. Can be used to slice, carve, peel and core. Useful for cutting fruit and vegetables with V shape pattern.
 
Price : £6.95
Package and postage : £2.98
   
   
   
   
 
 
Kom Kom Miracle Double Edge
Item Number CK30
Kom Kom double edge multi purpose tool for the kitchen. can be used to pare, carve peel and core and cutting fruit and vegetables half with a V shape pattern.
 
Price : £5.95
Package and postage : £2.98
   
   
 
 
 
 
Kiwi 5 inch Waving knife
Item Number CK16
Kiwi 5 inch Waving knife. Plastic handle Stainless steel blade.
 
Price : £5.50
Package and postage : £2.95
   
   
   
   
   
   
Kom Kom 5.5 inch Waving knife
Item Number CK17
Kom Kom 5.5 inch Waving knife. Plastic handle Stainless steel blade.
 
Price : £7.95
Package and postage : £2.95
   
   
   
   
   
   
Kiwi Pro Slice Knife
Item Number CK18
Kiwi Pro Slice Knife specially designed, having zigzag stainless steel blade which is sharp and having increasing length ; it helps plane small or large vegetables and fruits to make strips simply and quickly. It is suitable for making papaya salad or vegetable salads and it is used in fabricating vegetables and fruit to be beautiful pattern. In addition, it has a handle which is designed to be convenient for handling. It provides more convenience in use.
 
Price : £4.50
Package and postage : £2.95
   
   
   
   
   
   
Kiwi pro peeler
Item Number CK25

Kiwi Pro Peeler is specially designed with two sided razor-sharp stainless blade and extra length. It is made from Hi-carbon stainless steel with advanced technology for the skin peeling or slicing for most kind or size of fruits quickly and conveniently because it can peel the fruit skin both ways back and forth with well fitting handle for quick service.

 
Price : £3.25
Package and postage : £2.95
 
 
   
 
 
 
Short bladed knife with scabbard and key ring holder
Item Number CK20
Kom Kom Handy short bladed knife with scabbard and key ring holder. Ideal for cutting fruit on picnics or away from home.
 
Price : 2.95
Package and postage : 1.75
   
   
   
 
 
 
Kom Kom 3" stainless steel paring knife
Item Number CK26
Kom Kom Superior quality wooden handled stainless steel paring knife. Overall length 17 cm with 7 cm blade.
 
Price : 3.95
Package and postage : 1.75
   
   
   
 
 
 
Kom Kom 3" plastic handle paring knife
Item Number CK27
Kom Kom Superior quality plastic handled stainless steel paring knife. Overall length 17 cm with 7 cm blade.
 
Price : 2.95
Package and postage : 1.75
   
   
   
 
 
 
Kom Kom 5" wooden handle paring knives
Item Number CK28
Kom Kom Superior quality wooden handled stainless steel paring knife. Overall length 22 cm with 11 cm blade.
 
Price : 4.95
Package and postage : 1.75
   
 
 
 
Remember : whichever knife you choose it is important to ensure that it is kept sharp. I myself sharpen my knife every time I start a carving session. At the end of the session I always ensure the knife is cleaned and oiled.
 
 
  
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Fruit and vegetable carving books and Soap carving books

 

The English language book for fruit and vegetable carving

         
         
  Fruit and vegetable carving book Fruit and vegetable book
The complete step-by-step vegetable and fruit carving
Suitable for those looking for new idea. Good guide to fruit and vegetables that can be carved.
 
 
 
 
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