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Balance Pictures and Review

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Skyler R., Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    I picked this little jewel up from 7/09 DOTD. It came to me fairly sharp, but after a few swipes it became a little (or big if you consider a 13" knife big...:rolleyes: ) razor. The blade has a great shape to it and has an ever so slight fuller to it, which can be felt.

    It's fairly good at cutting small pieces of wood (under 3" logs). It bites deep and is very fast and elegant. I found that it was biting about 3/4 an inch into the pieces of wood that I was chopping (not sure of the type of wood, but it was fresh). Its so light that even with prolonged use you wont be tired since its low weight. The little balance can also baton these same logs with ease (surprised me how well it can baton), it goes through them in one swing.

    The balance lives up to its name, it feels very light in the hand and it balances right on its edge. The weight to blade ratio of an ounce per inch is great for this little knife, as it gives you a decent reach while keeping the weight down and it still chops fantastic for its size.

    The knife was made by Kumar, and with this and my 18in CAK I can see that he really knows his stuff (not a surprise since he works for HI). This blade is a great example of his work.

    Blade length - 8 3/4"
    Handle length - 4 3/4" including bolster
    Overall length - 13 1/2"
    Weight - 13 oz
    Thickness - 5/16"
    Point of Balance - 2" from bolster
    Kami - Kumar


    Thanks you Yangdu for another winner.

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  2. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    Nice pictures, Skyler. The little Balance is as small as I'll go while hiking in Cougar country. And will actually chew into wood.


    munk
     
  3. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thanks Munk. I was a little surprised that it bits so well in wood and its balance. (no pun intended)
     
  4. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    Most the other khuks of that size flail away at the logs. The little Balance, with that wasp waist and pronounced weight forward, actually chews into wood. During one of the khuk Klinics for Kids at the munk compound, I had an opportunity to see different blade types and sizes working alongside each other. I'd drug a felled tree to the yard, seated each kid on the grass in front of the log and put a khukuri in his hand. When the hour is up, and it's time to go, the kids stand back and you can see all the beaver work done; patches of wood gone from the log. It's a lot of fun, for the KIDS too.
    The small Balance always leaves a no nonsense effort. Give it enough time, and it would actually cut it in half.


    munk
     
  5. ferguson

    ferguson

    Feb 21, 2001
    Great review and pics!

    steve
     
  6. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Nice pictures and review, thank you Skyler
     
  7. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thanks for the kind words Yangdu and Steve.

    I hope to be able to do more reviews, however I would like to make them longer and more percise so that if my pictures disapear in the future the text will still be able to say quite a bit.
     
  8. Hondo.3

    Hondo.3

    Oct 28, 2005
    I've got one of Kumar's 13" Balances too. I can't say enough about the functionality of the tool, or the quality of Kumar's work.

    No disrespect to any other Kamis, but Kumar is my favourite.
     

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