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  taban fai

 

Thailand

A taban fai cylinder and piston with some kapok, used as a fueling agent, stored in the hollow concave at the end. By rushing the piston down in the cylinder an explosion of the compressed air inside will cause a spark and light the kindling. Thus it is used as a fire starting device.

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