You might remember that a few months back, I wrote about how to get your cleaver sharpened in China. (If you haven’t read it yet, pop on over. It was a very popular post.)
Sadly, our audio storage device met an untimely death, so I couldn’t post the Song of the Knivenswain. Many of you expressed in comments, on WeChat, or on Facebook how tragic that was. I agree.
But guess what? I have a super awesome friend who went and recorded a video of her xiaoqu’s knivenswain! Here he is, playing the recorded song on his bullhorn. He looks pretty amused that someone is filming him, right?
Thank you SO MUCH, Rosemary! You are our hero for getting this song for all of us. Mwah! (And knife guy? You can now tell your friends that you’re Internet famous. ;))
And thanks to Lao Cai’s comments on the original post, we have the lyrics to this wonderful song: “Mo jianzi lai, qiang cai dao!”
I’m curious if this is the same all over China? Charles said his knivenswain jingles blades (presumably) and Tiffany said hers doesn’t have a song. What does your friendly neighborhood knife sharpener do?
While I’m here, just a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter my book bundle giveaway on my author website. Go get yo’self a chance to win! I’ll meet you back here in a few days for my very exciting book announcement. Stay tuned…
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January 9, 2018 at 10:05 pm
I can never understand who is peddling what, when I hear them out the window. Now I know that there have been MANY knife peddlers out there.
None the less, I was very proud of myself when I found a permanent, (well as permanent as any in China), knife sharpener/cleaver seller, not far from home.
Impressed that he sharpened two cleavers and a long knife for 10 RMB, all together!! Two of them are on their way to America as we speak since I already owned them and they are now sharp again! Never had a cleaver in the US so looking forward to that when we return!
January 10, 2018 at 7:53 pm
That is a great accomplishment! (Geez, I think I got ripped off paying 10 kuai for mine, but I was happy and my cleaver was sharp.) Enjoy having a cleaver in the States. I now can’t think of cooking without a cleaver or a wok no matter what continent I’m on.