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Chiruwa Ang Khola Review and Pictures

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Skyler R., Oct 14, 2006.

  1. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    I picked up this 18 inch Chiruwa Ang Khola by Kumar from DOTD 9/05/06. The rig came in the classic well packed triangle box in perfect condition from Yangdu.

    Blade - The blade is very similar to 15 inch Ang Kholas that I have owned before except the fullers seem quite a bit deeper. Right below the normal fullers there are ever so slight fullers that are maybe a 10th more shallow then the normal ones, this is an interesting feature and I am glad to see them. They can be seen a little in the pictures, but pop out more in real life. The smaller fullers help add to the feel of the blade, while the knife weighs 35oz I could swear that just by heft that it feels closer to 30 or maybe even a little less. The smoothness of the blade on the flats show some hammer marks, while they are not noticeable without proper light or a ruler and they don't affect performance I don't think they take away from the knife at all, but rather they show that it was really made by a man rather then just a machine. The overall lines of the blade are very crisp and elegant, while keeping with its brute strength look and feel. The edge has a little more convex grind to it then other Himalayan Imports I have seen and it is almost a full convex (which is a real plus if you ask me). The bolster is the "habaki" style, while I like the more traditional bolster this one is very well done and fits fairly well. The bolster also helps keep the blade in the scabbard better then traditional ones, it adds a little extra grab to it even when its upside down.

    Handle - The handle has a full tang surrounded by Himalayan hill walnut with a very nice grain to it. The tang on the handle is not quite even with the wood, but after a little file work on the ring area I found it not to be a problem and in fact the little bit of metal sticking up of the tang around the rest of it adds a little extra grip and prevents twisting. I have yet to find any hot spots while using the kukri so I guess the tang sticking above the handle has no ill effects, at least none so far.

    Scabbard - Good quality leather with great stitching on the back. The blade fits great with no rattling and the bolster provides a good friction fit. The area for the karda and chakma is also very well done, with no nails protruding and a good friction fit. The chape is nice on this scabbard as well, its not overly pointy and has a nicely done solder job. The frog is made out of thick leather and fits nice on a belt and will surely last me a lifetime, like the rest of the rig.

    Chakma and Karda - They are both very nicely done. The karda is one of the sharpest I have received from HI as well is it sports an almost full convex grind. My only minor complaint about the karda is that it could of been finished better, some of the grind marks are visible. The chakma is also very well done, with a better finish then the karda and seems to be a little harder then others I have seen from HI (another plus). Both the chakma and karda fit my hand very well, sometimes they feel a little small for me but with these they are just about perfect.


    Chopping - The 18 inch chiruwa ang khola is a beast to say the least, chopping is made extremely easy to the point that for branches 2 inches and under you don't even feel them. Even hard wood offers little resistance to this mean chopper. The weight on this one may be a bit much for some people, however I found it to be great and fairly easy to control. The blade just leaps into the cuts and penetrates deep. Even batoning is made easy with the ang khola, one chop and the blade went about 2 inches into the log. Even on large pieces of wood the ang khola does a wonderful job, I was able to sink over 3/4th of the blade into the log with maybe half power (the log even started to crack below this).

    Overall I could not be happier with the way this kukri performs. Its simply a beast and is a wonder to behold. If I receive another Kumar blade and its only half as good as this one, I will still be very pleased. I feel that this kukri was money well spent, and will last me a lifetime.

    Thanks Yangdu for providing me with this wonderful kukri.

    Here are the stats of the knife

    Blade - 11 3/4"
    Handle - 6 1/4"
    Overall length - 18"
    Blade thickness - 11 mm
    Point of Balance - 2 5/8" away from bolster
    Weight - 35 oz
    Smith (kami) - Kumar


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  2. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
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  3. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    Great knife, Skyler. My own Chiruwa AK is 16 1/2" and 27 or 28 ounces.
    HI didn't make too many longer than that, they are uncommon. Or were. Yours at 35 ounces is about right for the extra 1 1/2" inches.
    That knife is a real workhorse. You made an Excellent Buy.
    Lucky Guy.


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  4. IUKE12

    IUKE12

    Nov 25, 2005
    I have a Chiruwa AK, 16 1/2"- 26.5 oz by Bura. This is my go to chopper, a prized possession and faithful tool. Glad you mentioned the tang/handle in your review. The handle never bothered me much, I rather prefer it over other styles. This picture shows it with some grip tape wrapped around the handle. These are great knives, no question about it. Enjoy your new AK.:)
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  5. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thanks for the kind words guys. This blade is one heck of a work horse for sure. The strange thing is that it's actually not my normal go to kukri, my 16" 24 oz villager BGRS is normally what I choose when some serious chopping needs to be done. Still though, the penetrating/chopping power of a 18" AK can't be denied.

    Edit: Just noticed that in all of my reviews nearly all of the pictures show the right side of the kukri and very few showing the left. Now that I see it I guess I will have to mix it up in the next review.
     
  6. JStrider

    JStrider

    119
    Sep 1, 2006
    I got an 18in 35oz Chiruwa Ang Khola a while back also, has the Raktachandan wood handle

    really love it... chops amazingly well

    couldnt agree more with your review.
     
  7. ferguson

    ferguson

    Feb 21, 2001
    Outstanding review & pictures!

    steve
     
  8. lefthandblack

    lefthandblack

    756
    Jan 22, 2004
    Great review and really great pics. That one looks like a true workhorse. I have a 16" CAK that is just amazing. Truly the "Unbreakable Knife"! :thumbup:
     
  9. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    I remember that one, very nice looking. I was quite tempted to get it, however at the time I lacked the funds. (I think I even commented on it)


    I am happy to know that you guys like the review. I hope to have more coming when I get some more time with the weather permitting.
     
  10. funktree

    funktree

    26
    May 19, 2006
    thanks, a full tang of some sort is near the top of my list now, would like to try something with a similar length to weight ratio too
     
  11. Bill Sanders

    Bill Sanders

    580
    Aug 18, 2003
    Except for the darker wood on yours, it could be a twin of mine. And looks to handle and chop about the same. I've cold blued the blade on mine, making it maybe the evil twin of yours? :D Good review.
     
  12. Cliff Stamp

    Cliff Stamp Banned BANNED

    Oct 5, 1998
    I really like that size khukuri as well, nice pictures.

    -Cliff
     
  13. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Great review, thank you Skyler
     
  14. Warriorsociologist

    Warriorsociologist

    Dec 12, 2001
    Outstanding review. This seems as good of a place as any to post pics of my "sister" 18" wood-handled (and recently "distressed") Chiruwa Ang Khola by Kumar. I've had this one for about 3 weeks - and It's rapidly becoming a favorite.

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  15. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Great looking CAK you have there Warrior. What method did you use to get that patina?


    I should add some new pictures of the CAK, that little log that I chopped though in the review is tiny compared to some of the stuff it's done now. Some of the logs since then have been bigger then the log that the 1/2 power swing photo.

    I have used this CAK about every week since the review and despite many more scuffs on the blade you would never even notice it has been used. I still have yet to really sharpen it yet, just a little edge truing with a ceramic rod every now and then.
     
  16. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    i think actually they've made a lot, and are... quite a few lately. one of my favorite styles, and they are bullet proof... i snagged a 20 inch CAK recently 42 ounce. whoa. fabulous.

    i don't have a 16 or an 18, and that'll be on my list when i round my out GRSeses, which i prefer more ... my 17.5 (i call it 18 :D) is darn spiffy and my main goto blade, not as heavy as this review, 29 ounce. lovely :) still, AKs are my second special :>

    bladite
     
  17. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner

    Jun 9, 1999
    They sure do make deep bites don't they? Very nice pictures of a great knife, looks like you got a nice one. My finger-groover chiruwa 18" AK is one of my all time favorites, it balances and swings like a much lighter knife but it still chops like a beavor on steroids. It takes a truly wicked edge too. I hope yours treats you as well as mine has.
     
  18. Warriorsociologist

    Warriorsociologist

    Dec 12, 2001
    Thanks Skyler P.

    Brownells 44/40 CREME, hand rubed, removed, WD-40, then more 44/40 "massaged in" before and then during a HOT water bath (rub the cold-bluing agent "in" with a small cotton rag/pad in a deep sink of hot water - helps the blue "come out"). Also, I wear purple nitrile gloves and have good ventalation (cold blue is not "good for you" to say the least). After, I hand rub with lots of Flitz & a rag to turn the uniform deep blue/black finish to what you see above.... Then more WD-40 for the night. The next day the handle got cleaned and then allowed to soak for about 24 hrs in mineral oil and then this particular blade gets rubbed with a Marine Tuff-cloth from here on out. This is pretty much what I do for all of my non-stainless blades (though, most of my pocket slippies get a wipe of CLP or something similar intead of the Tuff-cloth). Also, all of my bone & wood handled blades get the 24 hr. mineral oil treatment 1/year...and their sheaths get a good rub down with Picards 1/yr.
     
  19. Svashtar

    Svashtar

    Dec 28, 2003
    Munk just wrote exactly what I was about to say! My 16.5" ers are 28 and 29, so 35 oz. is spot on for a knife this size. The trouble with some of the older CAKs was too much weight, but this is very nice. There were a few 20" CAK's, but I think you're pushing the weight limit there.

    I sold all my 18" AK's last year, so right now for this model have a couple of 15.5" CAK's, 16.5" CAK's and a single old 20" by Amtrak (non chiruwa) that also comes in at 35 oz. It was a really well done one. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for one of these.

    Thanks for the typically great review Skyler. :thumbup:

    Norm
     
  20. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Sounds simple enough Warrior, I may have to try it some time.


    Thanks for all the kind comments guys.
     

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