Famed Rampuri knives may soon go into oblivionDecember 7th, 2008 - 9:19 pm ICT by ANI
By Vipul Goel
Rampur, Dec.7 (ANI): The old time moviegoers would recall the kind of impact Rampuri knives used to create in the Bollywood films of the 60s and 70s.
These Rampuri Churis or knives gained nation wide popularity through the tinsel screen when popular Bollywood actors of Madan Puri, Pran, Jeevan, K N Singh, Ansari, Hira Lal, Sajjad and Sheikh Mukhtar flashed them during their unforgettable negative roles.
The Rampuri, once the sole weapon the small time villains of Hindi cinema, has now been replaced with an array of arms ranging from cycle chains to pistols and even swords.
After the Uttar Pradesh government’’s decision in the mid-1990s to ban knives with blades longer than 4.5 inches, the Rampuri started to lose popularity.
Sadly, what used to be a trump card in the hands of the villains of yore is no more in demand these days. Today, the famed knife-makers of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh are finding it hard to sustain themselves through knives business. They are living a life full of hardship.
Old timers here recount that the once famed Rampur market in Uttar Pradesh was used to be full of shops, stocking Rampuri knives. It is said most of the gory incidents reported in police stations were carried out using these lethal Rampuri Churis(knives).
I have been involved with this business since many years. Previously, their used to be 60 to 70 persons involved in making sharp Rampuri knives. Today, just a few have left in this traded. The trade has been facing a tough time since there is no government support for us to sustain in challenging time,” said Rahmat Ali, a Rampuri knife-maker.
Knife-makers in Rampur say that it existed literally a cottage industry in the past unlike today with just a handful engaged in making these knives. Apart from the knife-makers, there were allied artisans for the moulds and handles.
High cost of raw material and a low profit margin has also led to the dropping business of Rampuri knives. The old timers in Rampur say that things have not been as they used to in the past. The labour invested in the work doesnt have good returns.
“We make moulds for the knives. We don”t make knives, it is made by different people. We won”t be teaching this work to our children. There is less money and more of labour in this business,” said Jareen Ahmed, one mould maker.
- Martha Stewart and Emeril sued over bad knives - Sep 14, 2012
- The lost art of Tibetan knife-making - Aug 29, 2011
- I want to do something special for Pran saab: Arjun Rampal - Apr 26, 2012
- Two held with fake currency notes - Oct 15, 2011
- Carrying knife in Britain rarely invites jail - Sep 02, 2011
- Two held with leopard skin in Uttar Pradesh - Nov 17, 2011
- 24x7 power for Akhilesh, Mulayam's constituencies - Mar 22, 2012
- Characters like Mogambo, Gabbar are no longer created: Kiran Kumar - Mar 13, 2011
- Durga idol makers battle cost, labour shortage - Sep 13, 2011
- Kramer Knives Popular Item For Festive Shopping - Nov 23, 2009
- UP backtracks on 7 p.m. closure order for shop, malls (Lead) - Jun 18, 2012
- Tiger on prowl near Lucknow finally trapped - Apr 25, 2012
- Show your ID card to buy knives in Beijing - Jan 28, 2012
- Spice Group to enter education sector, set up university - Sep 08, 2010
- Knives are out: Cut and taste co-related - Mar 22, 2012
Tags: ansari, bollywood actors, bollywood films, goel, government support, hira, jeevan, knife maker, knife makers, madan puri, mid 1990s, mukhtar, old timers, police stations, rahmat ali, sajjad, small time, sole weapon, trump card, uttar pradesh government