At the age of 14, I began my lifelong profession by becoming the third generation of knifemakers in my family. I learned the trade by assisting my father and grandfather in our family?s knife making business in the Uthai Thani province of Thailand. In order to continue to learn I attended the technical school and after graduating in 1982, I worked as a trainee with a knife making team. It was here that I first became known for my ability to carve pearl. In 1984, I opened my own shop. Just like my father and grandfather, I carry on the tradition of handcrafting each of my knives by using only the most basic equipment. I believe that the beauty of knife making is being able to feel what you are doing and having a true vision of the knife you are creating.
I make folders and balisongs and my preferred handle material is carved or inlayed pearl, but it is very dangerous to work with as it will crack with the slightest error. For this reason, the number of knives I can make is limited to the mistakes I make. Because most of my knives go in collections I use a great deal of mosaic damascus created by Robert Calcinore and Tony Metsala. I believe this steel radiates boldness and brings my knives to life. I also use ATS-34, because it is strong and good for daily use. My personal favorite is Chad Nichols? stainless Damascus steel, because it is beautiful and works well for everyday carry knives. Another characteristic of many of my knives is my spring mechanism.""
Suchat Jangtanong has been an accomplished knifemaker since 1982. He has many patterns, uses premium materials, and his craftsmanship is beyond reproach. All knives are guaranteed for life, except for handle material.
Suchat's work was displayed at the Antique Arms Show in Las Vegas in January 2011. R.B. Johnson was impressed with the quality and pricing of Suchat's knives and purchased two of them, and later bought three more in Atlanta at the Blade Show.
Corrie Schoeman, a long standing member of the South Africa Knifemakers Guild, who was on the evaluation team for many years stated, ""The knife that Thita (Suchat) made is I think maybe the nicest one I have ever seen. It is beautiful.""
A recent thread
on BladeForums shows off a great looking balisong and a folder by Suchat that get a lot of praise.
Suchat's knives were on display at the Texas Knife Show in April 2011. Johnny Stout commented that they were ""high quality and a great bargain for the price"", and Warren Osborne noted that ""they are very nice knives"".
After seeing Suchat's knives at the 2011 Blade Show, Joe Kious remarked that ""these knives are absolutely magnificent and an incredible value."" Suchat's work at Blade was also mentioned in KnifeBlog.com's Blade Show update
and Knife Depot's Blade Show blog
. The Cutting Edge
again featured Suchat in September.
In the August 2012 issue of Blade Magazine, the article ""The Fixed Blade That Folds"" pictured a mosaic and mastodon ivory balisong by Suchat on the inside cover and on page 56. The article stated: ""Balisongs range from the Spartan to the sublime. An example of the latter is the model by Suchat Jangtanong.""
You can see more of Suchat's knives at Mr. Damascus Knives