ddean = yes. getting closer. However, the one thing missing on all of the other photographs shown so far is the deepness of the belly. I've not seen too many short Khukuris with big bellies. Just the Bulldog Villager (which by now everyone is probably tired of hearing me talk about ).
In comparing this design to others like the 12" AK, 9-10" CBKC, etc. I still like my latest design iteration best.
It has a large belly, an agressive tip, the point is not too dropped - which should help the balance, eventually the handlework will be added - and should make it spectacular, the handle is large enough for a solid grip - but not too big, and hopefully if the blade comes in somewhere between 1/4" and 5/16" it will be a good striker, slicer, and maybe even a carver (not a chopper, though).
I sent it priority mail insured, so hopefully we're looking at monday or tuesday as an eta in Maryland.
FWIW I didn't think any of the pix looked quite like your model model either, though some of those knives (esp. the Blackjack) looked pretty desirable to me...
Also, I made the blade part out of 1/4" poplar, hope that's not thinner than you wanted, though the kamis will probably eventually decide on their own what thickness they want to make it; with my katar I made the model a bit on the thick side and they thinned it down in production as I hoped they would, so hopefully they will either make your final product to model specs or beef it up only slightly.
The model turned out great and is quite run to play with.
It's going to be tough to give it up.
Good job DaveK!!
I see this design as being more of a kamping khuk. I will want to use it to make "fuzz" sticks, do light chopping, kitchen work, and wood carving (roughing) = things that are too difficult even with my 13.5" villager. (too thick and heavy)
Uncle Bill = when you're ready, I'll send it off. (not without a few tears, though...)