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Hasiya Review and Pictures

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Skyler R., Feb 25, 2007.

  1. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    After missing more hasiyas then I care to count from DOTD I attempted to get one direct from Yangdu, however at the time she didn't have any in stock. So in part of my quest I posted an ad in the Looking to Buy section of the classifieds, yet again no luck. A few weeks later Jimmy (Jai)extended an offer for a hasiya, but sadly at the time I didn't have the cash. Once I saw one offered in the DOTD 12/18 I thought I was in luck, however I was beat to it once again. I decided to email Yangdu directly again, and low and behold she had one in stock. She even had one in horn, which was exactly what I was looking for. The delivery took a little longer then normal, but considering that it was during holiday season a little delay is to be expected. Once I tore into the box and unwrapped my little treasure (a 16" knife is kind of little...) I was in love. After a few swings in the air I knew that my time looking for one of these beauties was time well spent. Anyway..enough of my life story, on with the review!

    Blade - The blade on the hasiya is very interesting and varies greatly from other offerings from HI with only the R-1 Stick Knife being the real exception. A hasiya is a sickle plain and simple, however the great folks at HI have made just a plain sickle a true work of art that is a wonder to behold. The flat of the blade is well shaped with no visible hammer or grind marks, it includes a simi fuller running down the majority of it's length. The shallow fuller is well done and very even and crisp (it's similar to a gelbu type fuller, but more shallow). The sword of shiva is among the best I have ever seen, with even marks that do not stray as well as they all appear to be the same depth. The edge is by far the sharpest I have ever seen on any HI product, you can literally shave with it. The grind on the edge is mostly a flat grind, however for the last two inches of the tip it becomes a very healthy convex. The blade also contains a bit of taper in it; the thickness of the spine at the bolster is 7mm and gradually narrows to 6mm until around 2 1/2" away from the tip it narrows to 5mm.

    Handle - The handle, like the blade, is also interesting and quite different then other offerings from HI. Rather then a some what oval shape, the hasiya's handle is perfectly round. The round handle, while sounding as though it may cause poor blade alignment, is really a pretty good idea for what the hasiya was intended to do. While an oval handle may get in the way when holding the blade horizontal for cutting vegetation, round handle doesn't. The handle is very nice, it contains no rough areas or potential hot spots, it is very smooth horn with a little touch of white. The carvings on the handle as very well done with only a few minor spots that wander. The pommel and bolster are also both well done with no sharp edges and clean solder joints. The handle also has a small decoration that hangs from the pommel, while it is very well done, I find the noise it makes to be somewhat annoying, so it may be removed.

    Cutting - To start with for cutting with the hasiya I chose a patch that was around 10 feet by 8 feet of overgrown wild grass that was around 3 feet tall. The hasiya made quick work of the grass and I was done in no time. The hasiya was a proverbial lightsaber to the grass, each swipe yielded a healthily supply of the grass. The patch of grass was cleared in about 20 mins and once that was cleared I moved onto two bushes that had been getting in the way. The bushes was a bit more of a challenge for the hasiya, with branches up to 1/2" thick, however yet again this provided no problem for the hasiya. The hasiya would go though several of these branches in one swipe leaving a nicely cleaved branch. Both of the bushes where cleared in about 10 mins.

    The hasiya has been on my must have list for quite some time now, and while I was never victorious until recently in obtaining one, I feel that it was well deserving of the wait. After handling the hasiya has become one of my favorites of the HI line up, and for light vegetation work it tops my list. Now that I have a hasiya in horn, I am now lusting over one in wood.

    Thanks Yangdu for the outstanding service and another terrific knife.

    Here are the stats to the knife.

    Blade - 10 3/4"
    Handle - 5 3/8"
    Point of Balance - 3 1/4" away from bolster
    Weight - 20 1/4 oz
    Kami - Sher

  2. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Sorry for the lack of photos...seems my computer had a problem when I first downloaded them and ate almost all of them. Tomorrow I may be able to add more.
  3. Jaiofspam


    Apr 24, 2006
    sweet review skyler... awesome pics, cant wait to see more :D :thumbup:
    thanks for sharing :)
  4. lefthandblack


    Jan 22, 2004
    Very cool man, thanks for sharing!

    Great pics!!:thumbup: :thumbup:
  5. munk


    Mar 22, 2002
    That was a very pleasent and thoughtful reading I just had, thanks to you, Skyler. I thoroughly enjoyed your review, particularly how you took the time for small details.

    You know, the movement of the little brass roundie things on the buttcap does bother me too. I think those devices are there so you can hang the blade on a wall between two nails.

  6. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    Nice write-up. They don't get much more exotic; looks like you got an especially nice one after your wait.

  7. Berkley


    May 5, 1999
    A friend who collects all types of ethnographic weapons (and is something of a cynic) made an interesting observation when he was examining mine. Since the hasiya is primarily used by women to harvest crops in fields away from the house, the jinglebob [a term stolen from western spurs] serves to assure the husband that his wife is busily at work. If the noise stops, it's time to check out the reason:rolleyes: .
  8. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thanks for the comments guys, and for that interesting bit Berkley :D.

    Due to it snowing I have not been able to go out and take more pictures, but according to the forecast we shouldn't get any tomorrow...so maybe then will be the time.
  9. CallsThunder


    May 10, 2004
    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it as well.
  10. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    A few more pictures.

  11. raghorn


    Feb 23, 2002
    "Jinglebob." Need to add that to my dictionary. :)

    Nice review and great pics, Skyler.
  12. Jaiofspam


    Apr 24, 2006
    maybe i have a dirty mind....

    great pic of the jinglebob skyler lol :D :thumbup:
  13. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    I just noticed that.....lol....:D
  14. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Great review and pictures, thank you Skyler

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