The Science of Rooster’s Gaffs and Knives

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           Rooster’s gaffs and knives are commonly used for cockfights. The gaffs and knifes are attached on rooster’s leg. Although roosters have it’s own natural spurs, gamecock owners prefer arming them with gaff and knife to provide opportunity of critical blows in the pits. The rooster spurs are removed to in order to prevent them from attacking each other in farms. The gaff is attached depending on the shank and feet size of the rooster. Gaffers have a choice to use kalang (a small piece of wood with cylindrical shape) in case the gaff wouldn’t fit into the rooster’s shank and feet.

           In most occasions, the roosters only used one gaff on the left foot. However the number of gaffs may vary, depending on the type of fight and the deal between the owners.

           There are various types of gaffs available depending on the culture or country.

There is a pointed gaff like an ice pick. Slasher blade commonly used in Philippines.

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Short knife, which is popular in Mexico and other southern America and Postina, which is the natural rooster’s gaff or the naked spurs.

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Watch this video and see how to properly tie a gaff or Tari in Philippines.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7aCL0d2ITI

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