40" Ganga Ram (Warning: Lots of Pics)

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No, that's not a typo. A 40" Ganga Ram Special. Consider the implications of that for a moment. Let it sink in, then read on.

Today a package arrived via the USPS, one that I wasn't expecting. Upon taking delivery of it I realized that, in addition to being fairly large, it was also quite heavy. I took a look at the label and realized that it was from HI. What could be in it?

A 40" Ganga Ram was in it, with a scrimshawed elk handle. The crescent moon identifies it as Bura, although his initials aren't in English. I was amazed. Several hours later and I'm still amazed.

I really have a hard time describing something that's this hard to describe, so I'll be relying heavily on my (poor) pictures.

First of all, let's go over some basic numbers. The khukuri itself is just about 40.5" wide, with a 32" long blade. It weighs around seven pounds. The spine is a hair under 3/4" thick. Center of balance is 11" forward of the bolster. (Not habaki.)

Still with me? Good. The karda is 16" long, with a 10" blade. It weighs about 18 ounces. The chakmak is slightly longer at 17", with the steel portion being 9" long. It weighs 16 ounces. The entire rig - khukuri, scabbard, accessories - reads at about ten pounds on my bathroom scale. This is a khukuri with presence.

Yes, the karda that came with it is larger than some khuks. So is the chakmak, for that matter.

Here is the rig, with my Foxy Folly for comparison:

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Khukuri, karda, chakmak, and Folly:

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Chakmak and karda alongside the Folly:

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Let's look at the beautiful (and very large) handles.

The GR:

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The chakmak:

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And the karda:

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The GR itself features a peacock and a sun rising over the mountains on either side; the chakmak and karda feature just the sun and the mountains. I enjoyed seeing pictures of the scrimshawed pieces showing up but it really does look even better in person. The lines are very clean.

Now, I'm a bit on the large side (6'2) and I'm no stranger to carrying heavy loads, but this one may be just a bit too large for a belt carry. The chape is nearly touching the ground and I have the belt hiked pretty high. This thing is longer than my leg is.

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I normally have a problem with making khukuris look small. No problem with this one:

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It makes me look small.

Swinging a khukuri of this size is an experience. It's considerably heavier than any of my swords, even the two-handers, and handles more like a splitting maul. (But without the benefits of a wide grip.) The handle is simply enormous, almost too large even for me. It's easy to fit both hands on it and both hands are pretty much a necessity with this beast. This is not made to be used one-handed.

Forget speed - there's none. Just lift it up, get it going, and make sure not to get in its way. I'm not a stranger to larger/heavier khuks but I can honestly say that I can barely control (and can't restrain) this one. Which is just as well...40" is overkill for any task that I can think of.

I get the impression that this is more of a display piece than anything, but you know me...

A cardboard carton gets the axe:

http://www.wordzz.com/Dave/baseball.wmv

As I'd guessed, lighter targets get knocked nearly into the next zip code, whether you cut them or not. This khukuri imparts tremendous amounts of energy.

It does a good job of splitting wood, not surprisingly. Just make sure that this doesn't happen: (Warning: mild profanity)

http://www.wordzz.com/Dave/split.wmv

That's the second chopping block that I've destroyed with an HI product. I'm beginning to notice a trend here.

When I first started buying khukuris, I was intrigued by the larger models; after all, if 16.5" is good, 20" must be better, right? And so on and so forth. I worked my way up the scale to the 30" sirupate, then back down again. I grew to appreciate the 15"-16" khukuris the most for their conveniance and portability. The large khukuri jones never really left me, though; I knew in the back of my mind that I'd have to own a monster khukuri one day...just because.

Someone else settled the matter for me without my having even asked them to, and I now own the largest, heaviest, most intimidating khukuri that I've ever layed eyes on. I expect that it will be a while before the shock wears off.

Thank you, Yangdu. This is special. I am as grateful as I am astonished.
 

Daniel Koster

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Holy Toledo!!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:


Reminds me of the time I set out to test the 25" AK and I knocked branches off instead of cutting them....





One heckuva khukuri..!!!!
 
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:eek: holy crap. :eek:

That thing makes you look like a hobbit. And then it still looks big.
 
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Hey, Dave, were you able to draw that thing when it was hanging on your belt?
 
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Aardvark said:
Hey, Dave, were you able to draw that thing when it was hanging on your belt?

Barely. I have to bend my wrist 90 degrees down and I basically let the weight of the blade keep it oriented in the right direction. I can't do it with a straight wrist.
 
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I just couldn't pass by without noticing........................HOLY CRAP, that freakin' thing is HUGE! WOW!:cool:
 
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My mind is having problems with this image:
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Hey that biltong looks just like a ... waitaminute!
 

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Astonishing.

Disrupts my sense of scale. I keep on looking for a pixalated edge to indicate photo-shop work.

I'd presume if you walked the grounds of your old job, the weeds, brush and small trees would just surrender and fall down on their own?


Forget the safety thread, read the Geneva Convention text.
 
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Dave, please, PLEASE tell me you'll have this at the next Convention (and that you'll wear shoes this time). I won't bring any movies if you'll let me play with it, honest. :p :) Love the new avatar BTW.
 
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Holy Crap! Sorry, but that was the only phrase that fit:eek:

Big and beautiful!! (uhh, the khuk that is;) )
 

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Love the new avatar, Dave! :thumbup:
 
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What a monster! With that karda and chakma sticking like that wearing it on your hip kind of puts me to mind of a wild boar humpin your leg;)
 
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Holy jumpin' geez on a pogo stick!

This THING cannot be! :eek: :eek: :eek:

I AM seeing things...

naw. Couldn't be. No. uh-uhhn.

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Great googly moogly, it's still there! :eek:

Nooooo.... you did this in PhotoShop, right?

It's not April 1, man.

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it's still there.

Where am I? What the hey? Did somebody put LSD in my drink... again?

What is going ON around here lately?


Ad Astra, confundium ex gladii enormi galli ex infinitium, cogito Nepalii al Bura
 
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No mi chinges, mi llamo Dominguez! Then, Mein Gott, das ist ein Grosse Messer! Words fail me, in 3 languages!:eek:
 

Steely_Gunz

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Wow. so this is what happens when a guy leaves the strict order of the armed services?:D
That thing is amazing. My 22" GRS is plenty khuk for just about anything I could ever hope to cut. I believe that 40" khuk is more man that I will ever be.

Great pics as always, Dave:)

Jake
 
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