Malacca: Where it all began
One can really have a feel of its past while wandering around the historical town area of Malacca. Malacca on the west coast of the Peninsula Malaysia was founded in 1402 by Parameswara. Due to its beneficial geographical position, Malacca was the world-wide trade centre at that time, visited by traders and merchants from more than 60 countries all over the world including traders from China, India, Southeast Asia and Arab countries. Historical records reveal that there were more than seventy different languages spoken in Malacca.
Unfortunately, the Malacca Sultanate would not last, as the newly powerful Portugal conquered the kingdom in 1511. Malacca then entered into its colonization era. It was colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch, British and Japanese in the following years. Jalan Tukang Besi today, which was called Blacksmith Street (sometimes also called Ironsmith Street) during the old days has been witnessing the historical transformation of Malacca.
The discovery of iron dates back to over 5000 years ago. Nevertheless, the rise and fall of blacksmithing industry is the witness of times. In Malacca, the blacksmithing industry plays an important role in recording history.
Between the periods of 19th to early 20th century, there were two waves of Chinese immigration taking place in the British Malaya. These Chinese immigrants introduced outstanding blacksmithing techniques to Malaya in the meantime. According to historical records, there were more than 10 blacksmith shops along the Blacksmith Street at its peak. These blacksmiths had to work very hard to earn a living in Malaya. They put a lot of effort in order to improve their skills and expertise, trying to turn the raw material of iron into different kinds of useful tools including kitchen knives, oil palm and rubber hand tools equipment.
In the early years, one could see Chinese blacksmiths and Malay metalsmiths working on the same streets. The Malay metalsmiths mainly engaged in the making of Malay traditional weapons which they learned from their ancestors originated in Java and Sumatra. Keris, Pisau Holok, Badik and Jambia are examples of the traditional Malay weapons.
Nowadays, we hardly hear the sounds of iron hitting while walking around Malacca town area. While the Blacksmith Street had gone into history, outstanding traditional knife-making skills should be retained and carried on.
Finding a balance point between the old and the new is always what Jaya Mata trys to achieve. We aim to combine science and technology, meanwhile not forgetting the spirit of our ancestors while making every single knife to the best quality.
Jaya Mata, departs from Malacca, endeavours to create a new image which reflect the values of "Hand-making", "Professionalism" and "Cultural inheritance" for the Malaysian knife industry by uniting all the finest knife-making techniques from different knife factories. Our objective is to introduce our amazing Malaysian-made craftwork to the whole world, so that it would be internationally-renowned one day in the future.
Good tools are prerequisite to the successful execution of a job. We promise never to compromise on quality. Consider JAYA MATA if you consider in buying a knife. JAYA MATA, inherit virtue, fearless to become better.