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16.5" WWII by Sher - Thanks Yangdu!!

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by HikingMano, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    I received this khuk two days after I emailed Yangdu! Two Days!! Bravo and thank you Yangdu!

    16.5", 29 oz, villager WWII by Sher (From Dashain deals 8/29). It is a beefy blade! I'm honored that my first khuk was crafted by a kami revered for the strength of his creations.

    Sunlight isn't consistent today, and my lady is trying to rush me out to enjoy sunday, so I didn't really get to take some good flare-less pics; here are a few anyway!


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    Facebook album, just in case:
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    Looking forward to putting this guy to work!! Will let you know how it performs in a couple of weeks.
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2008
  2. H2OCutter

    H2OCutter

    672
    Mar 11, 2007
    Nice pictures, I'll have to get one of those.
     
  3. Andrew Colglazier

    Andrew Colglazier

    Sep 14, 2006
    Those are good, versatile knives. Go chop something up!

    Congrats on your first HI Khuk!

    Andy
     
  4. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    thanks!
     
  5. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Nice pictures, thank you
     
  6. thecook

    thecook

    174
    Jan 3, 1999
    Beautiful pictures, rksoon...

    I'll be waiting to hear from you how this beauty performs for you. I do not own a Khukuri, but have recently been admiring the forward shape of the blade and the satisfying heft these knives have. I was in particular looking at the WWll model, in an 18" size, to replace the cheapo mass-produced machete that I currently use.

    I live in California as you do and would be using the Khukuri to aid my in clearing my small lot (1 1/2 acres) of the dense Chaparral that grows on the hillside. I believe that that blade configuration would be much more effective on the larger branches of scrub than the flimsy machete.

    I also love the fact that this tool is crafted lovingly by hand by artisans who most obviously have a great sense of pride in their work.

    A couple of questions though, I'm sorry, I'm new to the whole Khukuri scene. The karda, the small knives that accompany the knife, did they come with the knife and where are they stored? In the same sheath as the Khukuri?

    Is that grip wood or bone and how comfortable does it feel in your hand? Slippery or secure? I'd like to get a Khukuri that is very similar to the one that you have pictured, your honest impressions would be most appreciated!

    Best regards,

    Nick
     
  7. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    Thanks Nick :)

    I've been itching to get out and off-trail to use this guy; I've only used it so far for some light scrub maintenance on my cousin's property. But I've already vowed to never lay hand on another machete again :) The khuk would definitely be more effective for your purposes, especially with the woodsy Cali chaparral srub. The heft of the blade makes work so much easier in my opinion. The recurve and balance of the blade took me a little bit to get used to; as always, be safe and aware of what you're doing when using these beasties. Everyone here will strongly advise you to read the safety sticky thread. I do believe that ultimately I do less work - I let the blade do most of it for me. I love the recuve, your chopping power is so much more finely focused....outpaces hacking away with a machete by miles. I don't envy you , 1.5 acres of dense chaparral does not equal fun. :) Since the chap tends to be so low to the ground, you might want to go with a longer blade (maybe even longer than 18" WWII) to go easier on your back, post a thread and other more experienced khuk users will provide you with some advice. I got this khuk as an all-around hiking/survival large blade, and it suits that purpose perfectly. Yangdu suggested this blade to me when I was initially lurking this forum, and apparently it used to be a favorite recommendation of Uncle Bill. I love it, it's attributes yield a good mix of tool and weapon. I'm sure if you started a thread with that question, you'd get good answers from users of the different styles.

    Yes, you will not be disappointed by the quality of these tools. I only have one khuk so far, but I'm already plotting for more :)

    The karda (small utility knife) and the chakma (blunt for burnishing your khuk) do come with the main blade (unless otherwise specified) and are stored in two smaller sheaths that are integrated inside the mouth of the main sheath, right next to the khuk. The karda is great and mine came shaving sharp, the chakma is invaluable as a steeling tool to bring back the edge of your khuk for normal maintenance.

    The handle is water buffalo horn and is not slippery for general use with a secure grip. The shape of the handle seems to contribute more to the secure grip I believe, and i've found that over-grippy handles don't really seem to get along well with my hands during hard work anyway. I've never had to use it in really wet conditions yet, or with super sweaty hands, but I guess you could always throw on a pair of gloves if in doubt. My model is a villager fit and finish model, so I don't think the handle is as polished as a normal model; I think this helps out the grip. I've heard the wooden handles are more comfortable though, and I am planning on getting a wooden handle on my next khuk. Perhaps others would like to contribute on which grip they prefer and why. The flare of the handle produces a slight sharp point where the buttcap meets the handle material, but there are several easy methods to address this issue. (see Dashain Deals 8/29 thread)

    Feel free to post any other questions you may have, though I don't have extensive experience using khuks yet, many on this forum do and are more than willing to answer questions :) I appreciated the welcome the members of this forum gave me when I first showed up as a really green noob; I know they'll do the same for you :)
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2008
  8. hollowdweller

    hollowdweller

    Sep 22, 2003
    Wow. I'm normally not a big ww2 fan but that one is really nice! Great job on the handle also. Love those villagers!:thumbup:
     
  9. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    I know, I'm only now realizing how lucky I am that it somehow managed to elude the chondrichthyes. :) I ordered it 4 days after posting.
     
  10. thecook

    thecook

    174
    Jan 3, 1999
    Thanks for the review, Russell. I think that your short description just pushed me over the precipice into the world of Khukuris.

    I most definitely will buy one now, its just a matter of choosing which one. I think I'll take your advice and post a new thread and see what the Khukuri veterans of this forum have to say.

    When my wife starts complaining about "another knife!" I'll just tell her it was your fault!

    Nick
     
  11. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    Haha, welcome welcome welcome :-D I completely fell into the khuk world only a month or so ago, and I'm already looking forward to growing my collection. When your wife starts rolling her eyes, just tell her you couldn't help but listen to the sound advice from persuasive and logical people of the HI forum, tell her she should be happy because it displays great listening skills on your part and a willingness to consider another's opinion :-D :-D

    Or you could tell her a knife a day ensures your sanity will stay. :)

    good luck, and I look forward to seeing your first HI purchase!
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2008
  12. Munchi Kool

    Munchi Kool

    175
    Jun 13, 2007
    Sadly I'm no shark, in fact time zone differences see to it that DOTD's appear around 4am my time, but I have to confess up to emailing just after you ...what can I say except I applaud your fine sense of taste and am glad you are getting heaps of use out of it!
    :thumbup:

    I really believe that the Khukuri finds its right owner! In the meantime, I'll keep looking and maybe even start getting up at 3.30am??? :yawn:
     
  13. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    Thanks! I have the postings of HI forumites to thank for leading me to this fine piece of work :D 3:30am....damn, if you get up that early, you deserve pick of the litter :)
     

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