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Bagh Bhairab Review with Pictures

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Skyler R., Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    I picked up this Bagh Bhairab from the Fourth of July DOTD (7/03/06). I have not used it much, but today was the day it got it's review.

    Blade - The blade on the Bagh Bhairab is fairly slender and pointy, however it's fairly thick. The blade has a lot of presence, you can certainly feel that you are holding it when you go to pick it up. The blade has very little if any tapering to it, it's the same thickness all the way up to the point. The blade came with a great edge on it, very sharp with some convex to it. The lines of the blade are very well done, they are all even and crisp with very little hammer marks or grind marks showing. The finish is near mirror and is very even over the entire blade.

    Handle - The handle on the Bagh Bhairab is very well done. It is clean and smooth without any rough spots or hot areas. The handle fits nicely, with the tang being perfectly even with the handle. The rivets are flush with the handle with nothing protruding. The wood is very nice on this one, it has a reddish / orangeish glow to it. The fittings are white metal and are very well done. The bolster is the traditional style and it fits great. The butt plate is even and smooth with the rest of the handle and came with a very nice finish on it.

    Chakma and Karda - The chakma and karda came extremely well done. They both sport the same near mirror finish and beautiful wood handle that the kukri has. The chakma came fairly sharp, not quite shaving sharp, but plenty sharp enough to get the job done. Both the chakma and karda came large enough for me to use comfortably, the handles on them are 3 3/8 with blades of 4". The handles on the tools are smooth and evenly finished just like the kukri.

    Scabbard - The scabbard on the Bagh Bhairab is very well done. It came with softer leather then on most other Himalayan Imports kukris. The leather is very well done with nice stitching on the back. The chakma and karda fit perfectly into the scabbard. The kukri fits great into the scabbard, however when fully sheathed about 1/4" of it protrudes out the top, it's as though the scabbard was not made quite long enough. This is a minor problem though, since everything is secure I don't find it to be problem some. The chape is also white metal like the rest of the fittings on the kukri and fits the scabbard great. The chape has a clean and even solder line, the chape is also not overly pointy, so it does not stick me in the leg.

    Chopping - The Bagh Bhairab is not considered be to be pure chopper like an Ang Khola or a Ganga Ram, however it can still hold it's own if you take into consideration that it does have limitations. I used a fairly soft wood that was fresh to do my chopping with the Bagh Bhairab, I feel that it could be to much for the kukri if it was going against a hard wood of similar size. All that being said, the kukri still chops decently, it's around a 15" Ang Khola. The area that the kukri likes to chop at is much further back then on other kukris. The area that feels the best chopping is about 5 3/4" away from the tip. The Bagh Bhairab is also a fairly finicky chopper, it does not like it if you move even an inch away from it's chopping area. The kukri does decently at limbing, and due to it's reach it can really get some high up limbs. Batoning is fairly easy with it, it sticks a little at first, but after it gets going the log feels like butter. Where the Bagh Bhairab really excels at is it's ability at downward strikes. When striking strait down with the Bagh Bhairab you can really feel the power of the kukri. It cuts so well at downward strikes that is by far the best at this out of all of my kukris (18" Ang Khola included). With a half power strike into a log, the Bagh Bhairab was able to penetrate about 1/2" past it's width, and it made about a 4" crack down the log past the cut.

    While the Bagh Bhairab is a fairly finicky chopper, it can be devastating in downward strikes. The kukri would also be a beast at soft targets (read living), however it's weight will severely limit it in it's recovery time. Since in Nepal the Bagh Bhairab is used in Dasein for dispatching the sacrificial goat or water buffalo, this could explain why it's powerful at downward chops. Like the rest of my kukris from Himalayan Imports, I love it, and I don't see it going anyplace quick.

    A belated thanks to Yangdu for such an interesting and wonderful knife.

    Here are the stats of the Bagh Bhairab.

    Blade - 18"
    Handle - 5 3/4"
    Point of Balance - 5 3/4" way from bolster
    Blade Thickness - 11 mm
    Weight - 44oz
    Kami - Sher





  2. Jaiofspam


    Apr 24, 2006
    oh man youve done it agian skyler... i cant wait to get mine :D
    a section should be created on the HI forum just for you to showcase your pics and reviews :thumbup:
    keep up the good work.
  3. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thanks Jai. You seemed to of leapt on this thing a minute after posting it. Waiting for a DOTD are we? :D

    A review section just for Himalayan Imports would be wonderful. Grouping all the reviews together would defiantly help out when trying to search for them.

    This will probably be my last review for a while now. I have kind of run out of kukris to review (I do accept donations though :D ). Maybe when I finally get some tatami in I can do a review of my lighter stuff, such as my kobra and chainpuri.
  4. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    That is an awesome and beautiful khukuri... :D

    No collection would be complete without one... so I guess I'm not done yet. :p

    Good stuff and thanks. :thumbup:

  5. Jaiofspam


    Apr 24, 2006
    im always waiting for DOTD!!! working my way to master shark status :D

    as for the bag bhairab.... im already in the process of grabbing a bag bhairab from another forum member... just have to pay him for it along with a few other blades :foot:

    i must say after reading your reviews and seeing your beautiful pics it really helps out alot from what to expect upon receiving different khuks.
  6. lefthandblack


    Jan 22, 2004
    Great stuff man, keep postin the reviews! There are waaaaay to few photos of the beautiful blades of HI on this forum. It is good to see someone posting some pics!!

  7. ferguson


    Feb 21, 2001
    You do great reviews. I know that takes a lot of time. As Bill often said, "Good help, and thanks." :thumbup:

  8. Spectre


    Nov 3, 1998
    Excellent pics, bro.

    You've got my really missing my woods...

  9. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Nice pictures and review, thank you Skyler
  10. Svashtar


    Dec 28, 2003
    Sweet! You make a great knife look even better. Great job Skyler. :thumbup:

  11. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thanks for the kind words guys.

    Thank you Yangdu for another wonderful knife.
  12. westfork


    Aug 27, 2003
    Great review Skyler. You really do a good job of showing off some well-built blades.
  13. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    I've always loved the look of this blade. So elegant and slender, but I don't need anything this big. If only HI made a 17" version...:(
  14. Fiddleback

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

    Oct 19, 2005
    BEAUTIFUL khuk bro. Dang. Why is it so small though??????
  15. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    I don't know... you would think they would at least make it 10-15" longer.

    Mmmm...38" bagh bhairab...:D
  16. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005

    You may try to special order a shorter one from Yangdu. I would be very interested in seeing one 17-18". If it keept the same thickness as this one then it would remain a decent chopper, while remain light enough for other tasks.
  17. Abaniko


    Jun 2, 2006
    Cool Stuff. Great pix & review,:thumbup:
  18. wjzgma


    Sep 4, 2002
    Great Job on the review and an awesome Kuk
  19. crooked knife

    crooked knife

    Nov 25, 2003
    Skyler R. What kind of wood is the log you chopped in two? It has a really pretty heartwood. An amateur woodchuck wants to know! Would it make decent handle material?
  20. munk


    Mar 22, 2002
    It's good to see you around, Crooked Knife.


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