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All kinds of cutlery and sharpened tools in Taipei May 25, 2007

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Other Countries, Taiwan.





Shilin is very well known for its night market in the city of Taipei, Taiwan but that’s not what I want to talk about here. There is a small knife shop in Shilin that will  bring tears of joy to a knife collector’s eyes.

I learnt about this shop from one of my knife friends residing in Taipei. When I walked in, I nearly collapsed out of sheer joy. Never have I seen so many knives in such a small, confined space.

Of course, the fact that the Malaysian ringgit is not considered legal tender in Taiwan also almost brought me to tears but for a different reason. I spotted a damascus hunting knife which was par excellence and the proprietor even refused to take a credit card.

What is a man to do? So I bought only a small folder which has been in production at that shop for two generations. The Shilin knife shop is famous for its leaf-shaped folder. Supposed to be their flagship item.

Needless, I made a mental note to myself for a longer visit on my second trip to Taiwan. So far, no luck!



1. Morgan - November 4, 2008

Hi there. I’m a knife nut myself and am in Taiwan for a week; where exactly is this store located? Those butterfly knives in your first picture look sweet. 🙂

2. aaron meyer - December 21, 2009

I live in Taipei I’m curious exactly where this shop is in Shilin, as I have been up there several nights on the weekends and have to see it, if you could send me a google map, or address or something. Thanks

3. Darryl - June 21, 2010

I bought one of the Shi Lin folders when I lived on Taiwan in the 80’s. I plan to visit tomorrow! I think this is the address:

Location: No.74, Dabei Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 111
Fax: 886-2-2880-5829
Telephone: 886-2-2881-2856
Open Time: Daily 09:30 to 22:00; Closed for three days from Lunar New Year Eve
Transportation: Take the No. 2, 216 (Shuttle), 218, 218 (Night), 220 (Shuttle), 224, 250, 266, or 266 (Shuttle) bus to Xiaobei St.
MRT Station: From Jiantan Station walk about 10 minutes.

4. Charlemagne - July 15, 2014

does this place have a website?

Darryl - July 15, 2014

Not that I know of, they are pretty low-tech. I just hope they are still around.

Darryl - July 15, 2014

Found it!
Not sure they are taking orders though.

Darryl - July 15, 2014

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