History of the “Hornbill”Rubber Tapping Knife
Mr.Manayi Rahu is a descendant of the para-rubber gardeners in Wang District of Narathiwas Province. He was born a para-rubber gardener; and with long experiences in rubber tapping, he became an expert full of knowledge on the matter. He saw defects and problems about the old generation rubber tapping knife (called “Jaebong”) which was originally designed by an Englishman over a hundred years ago, bur is still in use nowadays.
The problems pointed out about the old knife by Mr.Manayi are as follows;
Due to these problems, Mr.Manayi has designed a new form of rubber tapping knife, which is an integration between local wisdom, modern technology and design creativity; that is to use the prominent points of the old knife (Jaebong), replaceable razor blade, and traditional spokeshave (i.e. a carpenter’s plane with a wooden body and an iron blade). This is a new innovation of rubber tapping knife, called “Hornbill”, the blade of which can be replaceable. The “Hornbill” rubber tapping knife has been registered for petty patent protection with the Department of intellectual Property (petty patent no.0303001096).
Prominent points of the “Hornbill” Rubber Tapping Knife
“Convenient and Saving”
Marketing possibility, opportunity and growth channel in the future
In Thailand, there are approximately 1.5 million rubber tapers. At present, the manufacture of the “Hornbill” knife can match the market need. The market response was really good. The first time it was launched on December 5th, 2010 at Kasetsart University, Bangkhen, during the event “50 years, Half Decade of office of the Rubber Replanting and Aid Fund: Developing Thai rubber in the honor of HM the King “held by Office of the Rubber Replanting and Aid Fund (ORRAF). And today, it has been launched into foreign markets such as in Vietnam, Laos, Combodia, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Responsibility for the society and the environment
Use of material and wisdom as components in production
The production of the “Hornbill” rubber tapping knife uses local materials found in the country. The handle is made of the rubber tree wood; the shank and the blade are made of stainless steel produced in Thailand. The designer are: Mr.Manayi Rahu, a Thai nationality born, Users can be sure that the “Hornbill” rubber tapping knife is no copy of any others.
The production of the “Hornbill” rubber tapping knife uses local materials found in the country. The handle is made of the rubber tree wood; the shank and the blade are made of stainless steel produced in Thailand. The designer are: Mr.Manayi Rahu, a Thai nationality born. Users can be sure that the “Hornbill” rubber tapping knife is no copy of any others.