Batek are clever at reusing such scarce and valuable materials as iron. Here a woman is making a chisel-shaped digging stick blade from a broken piece of a bushknife blade. She has inserted the blade in a wooden handle, heated it in a fire, and is now pounding the end to thin it, using a ball-peen hammer and an ax butt for an anvil. She will later sharpen the newly-formed cutting edge with a file.
Endicott Image Collection
Tools-- Conservation and restoration -- Malaysia -- Kelantan., Batek (Malaysian people) -- Implements., Terong River (Malay)