**Update note – This is an imitation and not a real Aranyik.
This is the Ebay Aranyik Survival/Camping/Fishing fix blade I ordered for $20 plus $10 shipping from a thaipride – a Thailand seller on ebay.
First thing I noticed after unboxing is how small the handle is.
You can see how crude the craftsmanship is.
I then realized the tip of the blade wasn’t even sharpened.
The snap on the sheath is a joke. You can see how the widest part of the blade can slip right through.
I was really excited about getting a Aranyik knife. They are know to have superb blades. That part is still true. Everything else was more inadequate than I anticipated. That is why I decided to recondition it. The pins used to fix the handles was aluminum so it was fairly easy to drill them off.
After the removal of the wood I can see that again this blade was really crudely made. The drill/cut edges were still protruding.
This is the other side that I filed flat.
I’ve used the same process in making this handle and sheath as the other I’ve made from prior projects. Here are the links.
Overall I give this purchase Rating:
Although the blade itself is as expected, the overall assembly and design could use more pride and care into crafting it. Especially considering there are other knives in the commercial market in the $30 range, with a little more thoughtfulness into its overall construction will make it a great blade and great purchase in any person’s collection.