The three most popular knives the author found in Thailand are the E-Toh (top) and the Pha-Huatad, middle and bottom. The center knife is thing for cutting grass while the bottom one is thicker for chopping wood.

No, I have never been convicted of a felony in Singapore or any other country, sir.” After a lengthy interrogation from the Arms and Explosives branch of the Singaporean police, I signed a document and the blades, along with me, were released. This was my experience on the way back from Thailand—the perfect end to an epic journey.

Two Thai Jungle tamers. The top on is 15” in blade length while the bottom offer a 10”. Both were forged from a recycled leaf spring.

Aranyik Knife Village
Months ago, as I started preparing for my trip to Southeast Asia, I looked up custom knife makers in the different countries I would be visiting. Thailand would be my final stop (not including my layover in Singapore) and where I spent the most time. Southeast Asia isn’t really known for their contribution to the custom knife industry. In fact, their blades resemble more of a rougher traditional appearance rather than the kind of cutlery found in most magazines. I did, however, come across the name of a province north of Bangkok called Ayutthaya. After a little research and a few crude pictures from the internet, I knew I had to make my way there and see what it’s all about.

Cleavers like this one are the most common cutting utensil with street vendors and in the public markets. Its ability to hack through flesh and bone is legendary.

Ayutthaya was part of the Kingdom of Siam, once regarded as the strongest power in mainland Southeast Asia, and is one of the most ancient cities in Asia. Full of history and the most amazing temples, Ayutthaya is now considered somewhat of a tourist stop or day trip out of Bangkok. However, I was there not only to see the Temples, but to visit the legendary knife village of Aranyik.

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