Have run into (or heard of) Kiwi, Kom Kom, Penguin brands. Slight variations on the same theme, thicker or thinner, full or half tangs, similar soft but easily sharpenable stainless steel blades. They work. Was browsing ebay and ran across mention of "Aranyik" knives, pictures showed full tangs with slightly more elaborate handles, poor translation in description sounded tantalizingly like these might be forged rather than stamped? "Aranyik knives are produced with multiple rounds, making the stainless steel texture homogeneous. When sharpened Will last longer than knives that use a pumping system from a typical factory" https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kitchen-Kn...ess/333219900243?_trksid=p2504926.m5232.l9681 A cursory search seems to show Aranyik may be a locality known for metal work rather than a brand, similar to such towns in Japan, China & etc. Lots of machetes, cleavers, pig disassembly knives to be found listed when searching under the name. Anyone have knowledge of these? Worth investigating for the "cheap but possibly effective" thread?