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A new crop of balisongs, folders and scrimshaws from Thai knifemaker Suchat Jangtanong

While recapping the activity at the Blade Show in June, I mentioned coming across the knife designs of Mr. Suchat Jangtanong. I’ve begun to take more interest in these knives as I’ve learned additional details about them and the team that produces them.

Mr. Jangtanong is a third-generation knife maker living in the Uthai Thani province of Thailand, which is located in the central part of the nation approximately 200 kilometers from Bangkok.

He is part of a five-person knife making team called Thita (meaning strong and stable), which consists of a former tattoo artist turned scrimshaw designer, a monk, his sister and two others.  Thita is also the name of one of the members who does the anodizing and manages operations.

All of the knives are made from Damascus steel and the handle materials are presentation grade. Additionally, many contain a unique assisted opening mechanism created by Suchat.  There are also a number of meticulously-carved scrimshaws.

The knives are exclusively sold by Keith Newman and many of them can be found on Arizona Custom Knives in addition to Keith’s new website Mr.Damascus Knives, which features about a dozen of Thita’s models at the moment and will be adding more soon.

Keith recently sent me over a few pictures of some of team Thita’s new designs.  Check them out and let us know what you think.



7 Comments

  1. The Golden Child called and wants his knife back. ; ) j/k
    Really though, they’re easy on the eyes. Nice

  2. I ordered one of these knives for my father for
    his birthday. When I received it I was amazed
    at the craftsmanship. It was stunning!
    Needless to say my father loved it
    and it compliments his collection nicely.
    I ordered him another for Christmas!

  3. These are among the most beautiful, well-crafted knives I’ve ever seen. I don’t know how he’s able to sell them at such comparatively low prices … would expect to pay twice as much for this level of quality. Always a pleasure dealing with you, Keith.

    Thanks again … for everything.

    -dz

  4. Bought one of the assisted opening ATS34 Rastors from Arizona and it is the bomb. These knives are sick – best out there IMO. 🙂

  5. Sorry, my post is incorrect. My knife looks like my Weiland Rastor but it is a Suchat T-Rex with a ATS34 blade and orange G10 handles with titanium liners – it’s so kool.

  6. Wow! The first 2 knives I have received look incredible in person. Great craftsmanship the fit and finish are as nice as I have ever seen! I have just picked out my next purchase. Amazing eye candy. Look forward to working with you again– Thanks Keith

  7. Put simply, these knives are exquisite. They are beautiful and functional. Keith consistently maintains an inventory of some of the most gorgeous pieces I have ever seen; and working with him is always a pleasure. There is not much else to say…

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