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15" Pen Knife Test

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by bwray, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. bwray

    bwray Banned by Moderators Banned

    471
    Dec 2, 2005
    Sharpened up the new Pen Knife this morning with great expectations. Used a medium coarse ceramic rod first followed by a 14" steel. Took about 15 minutes to get the blade hair-shaving, paper-slicing sharp. Pic below shows Pen Knife (15", 18 oz) on the left, a KH Aitihasik (17", 27 oz) in the middle and my AK Villager (18", 28 oz) on the right.

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    I reported earlier on the AK; belt sanded the handle to remove the ring, which was right where my third finger wanted to go. Of course, the 18" AK is the king chopper in the group.

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    The 17" KH and the 18" AK had been tested previously and gave roughly comparable results; took 30 to 35 seconds to cut through a 2x4 at a relaxed pace.

    Took the Pen out back with a new 2x4 this afternoon and took a single heavy swing first to check penetration. The two photos below show the results:

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    Proceeded to chop through the 2x4, working on one side at a time to form an hourglass shape in the middle until the blade sliced all the way through.

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    This Pen is a fine chopper and a very versatile blade. Of course, it's not as fast going through a 2x4 (took about a minute) as the 56% heavier AK, but it gets the job done and would be a lot easier to carry in the field. I think I got myself a winner.:thumbup:
     
  2. BrentH

    BrentH

    398
    Feb 7, 2005
    Thanks for posting the pics of your test Bill:thumbup:

    Looks like there may be a little PKOD going on. Bit of a bummer
    in some respects, we all get em at once, over the moon!

    To share is a fine thing! Pick my 12" antler handle PK up tomorrow. Memo to self - wait for a PK drought then post pics:confused:

    Old friend said of his retirement - "Get up with nothing to do..
    go to bed with it half done - luv it!!!"

    Apropos of nothing in particular:D
     
  3. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Nice pics Bill. I gotta agree with you. As a khuk newb I went for the big heavy ones first, and boy do they chop, but now I've gotten two BAS (one Sgt Khadka from Steve, and the Shop 1 BAS from John Powell) and they are quickly taking over. I also sanded the misplaced ring out of the villager 15" BGRS with hill walnut handle. Holy hogshead batman. What a comfortable fit on the hand now. WOW. Those smaller ones are quickly growning on me as a carry knife. Soon I'll do sheaths....

    Good thread bro.
     
  4. bwray

    bwray Banned by Moderators Banned

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    Dec 2, 2005
    Really does seem like PKs are over reported all of a sudden. I committed to doing this when I bought the blade on DOTD Thursday, so I followed through. At least I had some fun with it and got the picture posting process down. Believe I'll put some thought to a more unique topic for my next project.

    Now that I've got a 15" PK I'm curious about the 12" models, so don't you and Steve wait to long to post. I'd like to see that antler handle on yours.
    :thumbup:
     
  5. hollowdweller

    hollowdweller

    Sep 22, 2003
    Excellent review!

    "Hourglass shape"- That's how I do it too. I'm going to have to remember that term to describe it, it conveys it better than any term I have figured out!
     
  6. bwray

    bwray Banned by Moderators Banned

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    Dec 2, 2005
    Hi Andy. It's really true that getting into the smaller blades opens up a whole new dimension (literally). I'm even interested in a "kitchen khuk" at this point and will probably do some experimenting to see what works and is appropriate. The khuks are going to be around anyway because I love them, so might as well feret out all the practical applications.

    Isn't it great to have a hobby that comes equiped with a ready-made discussion group full of terrific people. Multiplies the satisfaction tenfold. To the brotherhood of the khuk!:thumbup:
     
  7. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    I'm even interested in a "kitchen khuk" at this point and will probably do some experimenting to see what works and is appropriate.>>>> bwray

    Someone mentioned the UBE could be used to cut meat or vegitables on board with the handle lifted well away from the cutting contact because of the upturned point. I'd like to try that sometime. Also, the AK cleaver is usefull.

    munk
     
  8. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Yep Bill, you and the rest of the guys here make this hobby for me. Its like I'm doing it as much to show yall as I am to please myself. When you get a small khuk get a Khadka. Also, I don't know if you've done this yet, but you should start collecting the Kumar Karda, JKM, and Sarge also. You'll be impressed. The KK is a great kitchen knife.
     
  9. Thomas Linton

    Thomas Linton

    Jun 16, 2003
    You Pen Knife has much more bend to the back than the one I got over a year ago. But that's the thuing about hand-crafted items - they don't come out like Coke bottles off the assembly line.
     
  10. jamesraykenney

    jamesraykenney

    559
    Apr 9, 2004
    That 'bend' is what I do not like about a lot of the pen knives...
    It takes away from what makes a PEN a PEN...
    It should be a knife were the front is WAY wider than the back, NOT a 'bent' blade like a khukuri...
    Some of them are hard to distinguish from a small khukuri...
     
  11. Kazeryu

    Kazeryu

    960
    Nov 7, 2005
    12" in antler, eh? I think the PK flood has passed - it's time for you to share!
     

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