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13 Inch Ultimate Fighter

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by captlid, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. captlid

    captlid

    284
    Feb 23, 2002
    As usual fast shipping, thank you, Aunt Yangdu.

    First things first. Its beautiful. Made by Vim kami. This one is my third blade from him.

    Second thing, safety: It's got a back edge going all the way to the bend, so if you get one of these take your sweet time taking it out of its sheath and especially putting it back in. It came sharp enough to run through [with a draw cut] the cardboard box with not much force put into it.

    It came with a different sheath than what khukuris are traditionally put into. Its not as bulky but seems durable enough to hold the blade in. Haven't actually clipped it on to a belt to wear!

    Measurements:
    Overall 13.5 inches
    Handle is 3 inches around, 5 inches long.

    Balances close to the hand, most of the weight seems like its in the handle.
    The inner edge is sharpest about 3 inches from the tip and destroyed stacks of cardboard today. Also the same spot where most of the blade's cutting power is in. This isn't a dedicated chopper like the ganga ram or the AK, more suited to fighting and sticking wild hogs! I'll leave that sport to the guys crazy enough to do it. :)

    The back edge is more than sharp enough to use for deep slashing. Wouldn't use it for chopping, but its a real big help when something needs to be initially stabbed, then carved out and for the blade to easily come out after all the damage is done. Tested it by carving out the address label on the shipping box it came in. Forgot to take a pic of the carved box but the rectangular hole in it came out pretty straight, given the somewhat beefy edge. :)

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    It's the top one on the left. From the DOTD pictures. No all those aren't mine. :D Pictures are posted below as promised.
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2010
  2. rwn2000

    rwn2000

    714
    Jan 6, 2003
    I got the 4th one on the bottom row in the DOTD and it came in the mail yesterday. I made the mistake of telling my wife that it was my birthday present so she has it now and I can't see it till Tuesday. On the bright side, my son says it is awesome. :D
     
  3. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I really like that they have shrunk the UF down a bit. At one time it came in at 18" and 2lbs. I'd hate to go up against the man that could wield that sucker like a fighting knife:D

    THe origins of the UF seem to have stemmed from the Movie Model believe it or not. Bura made a few knives based on the weapons he saw in 1999's The Mummy. It was a light and incredibly fast blade. Later, I got my hands on version done by Sher. What a difference:eek: It was 20+ inches long and came in close to 3lbs. Fully sharpened clip and with a bit of a different shape. A lot more like the current UF. A real monster killer:p:D

    I'm looking forward to the pics:)
     
  4. captlid

    captlid

    284
    Feb 23, 2002
    That ganga ram looks gorgeous. I just got one from Vim kami too recently. You got a great deal on it. It's sharp, that's all I will tease you with. ;)

    This one is very weighted toward the handle. I'd think if the larger one is weighted the same it would be easy to use for fighting for a reasonably strong armed man. That and adrenaline would take care of the too heavy part. :p

    Doubt the SAW gunner complains how heavy his gun is in the middle of a firefight in a remote area of afghanistan or iraq! :D
     
  5. captlid

    captlid

    284
    Feb 23, 2002
    The sheath:
    It's made out of some leather that smells really good.

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    Up close pic of the whole beauty:

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    Side view of the back edge, as mentioned before its doubled edged.

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    The regular inside edge

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    Bottom view of the handle

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    Top view of the handle

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    Top view of the spine and taper

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    The spine on an angle

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  6. Nicholas

    Nicholas

    896
    Apr 1, 2009
    Spiky sucker, isn't it? Even the spine looks scary......
     
  7. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    That thing looks sharp everywhere :eek: but where your hand goes!
     
  8. captlid

    captlid

    284
    Feb 23, 2002
    I love it. Had to tell my roommate NOT to put her hands on the back edge, lest she wants to lose any fingers.
    The back edge isn't really all that good for cutting, but for making whatever you stab really miserable. Though for fun, did cut out the address label on the shipping box with it. :p

    Found out the safest way to take it out is to tilt the knife up around 30-45 degrees and then pull it. Note: the top half of the sheath is open, hence the loops around it.

    Putting it back in is more of an adventure. Get the pointy end right underneath the top of the opening, slide it in.

    The regular inside edge destroyed stacked cardboard today. That was fun. Cleaning out the room. USPS and amazon are making alot of money courtesy of me and all my friends. :)

    No body parts went missing during any part of this review.
    Have fun and be safe.
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2010
  9. alexs

    alexs

    516
    Nov 26, 2009

    Ha ha! It does smell great, doesn't it? My kerambit sheath is the same way, like a new wallet, but gradually the smell disappears unfortunately. I guess the usual kukri sheath gets treated in some way so they usually don't smell as much.

    "Axe" deodorants recently made a scent mimicking leather (called "Instinct"); I will have to try it out, though I wasn't very impressed with the one they made smelling like chocolate even though I am a chocaholic.

    That is a great knife you got there and a dangerous stabber. I have a look-alike with a 9" blade from the competition and love it, now I need to get one from HI too, maybe today's DOTD!

    Alex
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2010
  10. Abaniko

    Abaniko

    994
    Jun 2, 2006
    I like it a lot. Thanks for the pix. :cool:
     
  11. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Nice review, thank you
     
  12. diablero

    diablero

    174
    Oct 10, 2003
    Thanks for the review. Liked it so much I picked up it's 11.75" little brother:
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    You're not the only one who thinks the leather smells good. My GF's cats fight over it :)
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  13. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I think that lil bottle in the right hand corner might be to blame:eek::D
     
  14. diablero

    diablero

    174
    Oct 10, 2003
    LOL. I didn't notice it until I was uploading the pick :)
     
  15. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Hey, Mr. Daniels, Mr. Walker, Mr. Beam, et al have paid me several visits over the years. I've ended up in place much worse than having my nose in a khukuri sheath:p
     
  16. captlid

    captlid

    284
    Feb 23, 2002
    Glad you liked the pics. I enjoy taking them just as much.
    Yes I am sniffing that leather every night here... Beats getting high off of actual drugs. :p
     

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