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Bura Boomerang (Hanshee) Review and Pictures

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Skyler R., Nov 18, 2006.

  1. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    I picked this hanshee or bura boomerang up from the DOTD 11/13. It was delivered today, and man what a wonderful delightful of a kukri this thing is.

    Blade - The blade on the "Bura Boomerang" is very curved, so much so I would call it a hanshee, but who am I to argue with Bura. The blade finish is one of the best on any kukri I have ever seen. The lines are crisp and even with a seemingly higher polish then what a HI kukri normally comes with. The blade has very very little showing of hammer marks (can only be seen if using a ruler). The fullers are a bit to be desired however, in the previous photos posted for the boomerang I thought it only had one fuller on each side, however this is not the case. The boomerang has two fuller directly next to each other. The ones on mine are not very straight and on one it almost disappears before reappearing again. The finish on the fullers don't take away from the piece, however they are noticeable. The edge is well formed with very little convex to it (almost a flat edge). The edge is fairly sharp along most of it, however there seems to be about an inch of rolled edge close to the point of percussion. The spine of the kukri is also well formed and quite even with the main central ridge straight in the middle. The cho has some creeping to it, and I feel Bura could of pushed it closer to the bolster another 1/4" or more, but where it is currently at has no affect on the blades ability.

    Handle - The handle on this kukri is quite interesting compared to other HI I have. The handle finish is the same as on a villager model, while it is smooth and without hot spots, it lacks the higher polish that accompanies normal HI kukris. The handle finish certainly isn't a problem, in fact I like it on this kukri. It gives it a certain feel and grippy ability. The handle is also much more curved then on other HI kukris, which I find much to my liking as it feels as though the handle was made just for my hands. The curve in the handle keeps the kukri secure and prevents my hand from sliding down even on hard strokes. The bolster on the kukri is the traditional style in white metal and it is very well done. The bolster fits the kukri very well with only a small gap of laha visible. The butt cap is also very well done, it came without any sharp corners and fits the rest of the handle nearly perfect.

    Chakma and Karda - The chakma and karda on this kukri came with the same blade finish and handle finish as on the kukri itself (high polish blade and villager handle). The chakma is the sharpest I have ever received by HI to date, with the edge able to shave with. The chakma and karda are also around the size that I find that I can comfortably able to use (I prefer to be able to get 4 fingers around the handle, however these allow 3 and are still quite comfortable). The blade on the chakma is 3 1/8" with the karda being 3 1/4". The handle on the chakma is 2 3/4" with the karda also being 2 3/4".

    Scabbard - The scabbard on the Bura Boomerang is extremely well done. The leather on the scabbard is the standard thick leather of high quality and the same for the frog. The fit of the kukri inside the scabbard is perfect. The kukri fits inside like a glove, once the kukri is placed inside the scabbard you can tip the scabbard upside down and shake without the kukri coming lose. While the kukri is held firmly in place inside the scabbard it remains quite easy to draw with just a little pressure. The chape fits nice and snug against the scabbard with very little glue showing, the solder line on the chape is fairly clean and even, however the only down side to the chape are two small dents at the back of the scabbard.

    Chopping - The Bura Boomerang chops a little different then most other kukris, it sort of slices while it chops, much like the Movie Model and the Munk Bowie. The slicing ability at the end of the chop helps prevent the blade from sticking as well as it makes chopping more compterable and less tiring. The boomerang's ability to chop is quite similar to my 18" AK and 16" BGRS with the AK being the better of the three and the BGRS being the least (though not by much). The boomerang can also handle more whippy things like saplings better then the 18" AK, though not quite as good as the 16" BGRS. After an initial edge check on some logs to see what the kukri was capable of doing, I took it to a good size log which the kukri made quick work out of. While the AK may be a little better at penetration, and the BRGS being slightly better at whippy stuff, the boomerang is however the best at downward strikes. Once I had cut the log in two I chopped one section in to halves, once strike from the kukri was able to split the log in two with the pieces going flying. Once I gathered up the two halves again I cut them in half once more to form 4 pieces.

    Overall I could not be happier with this kukri. The handle feels as though it was made for me and the blade is more then adequate enough for some serious tasks. While swinging this kukri it feels wonderful, even with it's fairly far out point of balance it handles like a dream. While it handles a little differently in chops then other kukris, it is nothing that can not be overcome with a little practice.

    Thank you Yangdu for such a wonderful knife at an unbelievable price. :thumbup:

    Here are the stats to the knife.

    Blade - 12 1/2"
    Handle - 4 1/4
    Overall Length - 16 3/4"
    Point of Balance - 4" away from bolster
    Blade Thickness - 11mm
    Weight - 25oz
    Kami - Bura






  2. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    And I did not forget about you Jai...The comparison between my Boomerang (17in 25oz) and my M43 (17in 31oz); there is a noticeable difference between the two. The M43 feels far heavier (my 35oz AK feels lighter by comparison, but this could be due to the fact that the AK has a closer point of balance then the M43). The Boomerang has a more neutral feel to it and is much livelier then the M43, but since there is a 6oz difference between the two it may explain why they feel so different.

    I am not putting the M43 down...I love mine for sure. It's just that I like the way the Boomerang handles and balances better.
  3. Jaiofspam


    Apr 24, 2006
    awesome review skyler... BEAUTIFUL pics!!! :thumbup:
    looks like a boomerang is on my buy list now :D
  4. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005

    Thanks Jai.

    I would of thought that you would have about every model HI makes on your to buy list by now. ;)
  5. tedwca


    Dec 10, 2005
    Ha, what do you mean buy list. I thought he had already BOUGHT one of everything.

    Great review and excellent photos
  6. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    I know what you mean Ted. HIKV has hit him hard, and I see no cure soon. :D

    Thanks for the comment.
  7. Jaiofspam


    Apr 24, 2006
    lol... i sure wish i had every single model lol :D
    there is so much to be desired... so many khukuris, so little time and not enough money :grumpy:

    i think im good for the rest of the year :thumbup: i have to find a cure...
    a cure that will make me rich... so i can buy more khukuris lol

    EDIT: damn you skyler... everytime i look at your pics i kick myself for not grabbing the boomerang.
  8. Svashtar


    Dec 28, 2003
    Skyler, great review and pics as usual! Just a small point, the knife (and it really is an old style Bura Hanshee) doesn't have any fullers on the blade per se. Those grooves on the sides of the knife near the spine are called the "Sword of Shiva", and are sometimes just a single groove, or a double joined groove like this one (which is also found on the Samsher), or the same as this the full length of the blade, as on a Junge, or a pretty brass inlaid one as seen on the Sirupate and YCS.

    Fullers are the forged or cut depressions in the side of the blade, which serve to lighten the blade. They also look cool, which is very important! :D, and some folks also think they are there to allow the knife to move through material easier (i.e. zombie flesh), but I'm not 100% sure about that.

    Take a look at TedWCA's pix of his Yuv Raj Bowie to see some great closeups of fullers on a blade.

  9. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Ah, yes sword of shiva, thanks Norm. I guess I spent to much time collecting swords before kukris.

    Yup, fullers always make something look better. Lighten the blade while not weakening the blade to much.
  10. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Great review and pictures, thank you Skyler
  11. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thank you Yangdu for the wonderful knife. It feels so great in the hand I can't seem to leave it alone.

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