Luang Phor Derm
(BE 2403 - 2494/AD 1860 -1951)
Meed Mor is a knife that was made famous by one of the great guru Luang Phor Derm of Wat NongPo and Wat NongBua in Nakhon Sawan. Meed in Thai language means knife, and Mor could mean doctor, healer or specialist. It was also called Mit Prab Pairee, meaning knife that conquers the enemy. In this case, it means a knife that possesses special magical power. Hence, it is appropriate to prefer to Meedmor as a victorious, conquering knife or healing knife.
Luang Phor Derm was a very compassionate monk. he had helped built a lot of temples not only in Nakhon Sawan but also in nearby provinces. His great work had gained the hearts and respect from people throughout Thailand.
His Meed Mor and ivory carved "Xing" or "Singh", the auspicious unicorn, were the top talismans sought after by collectors around the world.
The blade of Meed Mor by Luang Phor Derm consist of metal that has been made of nails taken from coffin. The shield and handle could be made of ivory, wood or a mixture of both. They come in many sizes, ranging from 3 inches to more than a foot long. The stripes or braces that hold the shield are mostly made of silver, sometimes it is mixed with copper. Very few are occasionally mixed with gold and therefore command a higher prices. The decorations on the braces are very beautifully done. Those decorated with gold, silver and copper are the most expensive, they are called Sankasak.
During Luang Phor Derm's time, there were very few roads and people had to walk through thick woods or forests to go from one place to another. They were not only afraid of the wild animals living in the forest, but also the unknown, such as evil spirits and black magic which were more fearsome than anything else. So bigger Meedmors were specially made for this purpose and these were very popular. But now times have changed and people would prefer to carry a smaller one as it could be kept in the pocket or worn like a pen (see picture below). Never the less, the big ones are still very popular among the exorcist monks and shamans or witch doctors.
It is believed that this magical knife is energized with the power of
- Defeating negative forces such as black magic
Beautiful Sankasak Meed Mor Ivory Handle
Blade 6", Handle 4", Total 10"
By Luang Phor Derm