Howard Wallace

Feb 23, 1999
I may be wrong, but my conversation with Kami Sherpa indicates that Kumar is back working at Bir Gorkha. I think he was only out for 15 days or so.

My nepalese (non-existent) is much worse than Kami Sherpa’s english. He may have said something totally different.

I guess we need to seize the opportunities when they come. This time it looks like there may be another shot at getting a blade by Kumar.
We talked with Gelbu last night and Kumar is gone again. He had come back, begged for his old job, borrowed against future earnings, and then left again in the middle of the night for parts unknown. This is about his third return -- and departure.

The rumor is he is trying to get to Saudi, Arabia.

Blessings from the computer shack in Reno.

Uncle Bill
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It just shows that people everywhere are alike.
There's messed & mixed up young men and women everywhere it seems.
Many has been the day when I was much younger that I got off work and started home that I came to the cross roads leading out of town and had a hard time making the decision to go on home and taking care of my responsibilities or turning and going on an adventure where ever the road led.
But I always went home and that has led me to where I am today, fat & happy with my best friend as my wife. A man can't ask for more and many don't find it.

Mitakuye Oyasin, Lakota for "We are all related."



Indin word for lousy hunter.
I am pretty young but I spent a lot of time money and energy "looking" around until about 4 years ago. I think I am starting to get it together, hopefully Kumar will too. At least he has a skill he can take with him wherever he goes. I will put him in some prayers.
The parable of the prodigal kami, by the sound of it.

Darned shame. He was a class act when it came to shaping steel.
So who will take over the honor of producing the Kumar Kobra? Also I might have missed it but what happend to Ganga Ram? I haven't heard anyone mention him in awile.

Chris B.
Chris Ganga Ram is an old man, about 80 or so, and he got tired and to missing his village before he was able to finish to finish all the khukuris he had to make. Bura finished up his orders and has made even more of the GRS's since. The 2 I have are both made by Bura.
Some people say that the Ganga Ram made GRS's are better than Bura's, but I could tell little difference between them.
I think it was Dan K that had one at the Reno Khonvention.



Indin word for lousy hunter.
Bill told me that all the Kamis make the Kumar Kobra, so named because he made/designed the intial ones. My newest is the 25 incher and it has Buras mark on it. And I was wrong, it's weight is in line with the others I own. Bura is a Master Kami, though it was neat collecting stuff by Kumar!

Watakushi Wa Shinajin Desu

Movement, transcends movement, transcends thought--Zazen Mantra
I think the Bura made Kobras have a little better finish on the blade, but other than that, I see little difference.
I think the Kobras made by Bura (if that's who's making them now) are better finished and more traditional - they look more like 'proper' khukuris - but Kumar's efforts had genuine flair, even if the finish wasn't quite up to snuff sometimes (and the kardas & chakmas on both my Kumar-made Kobras were completely useless, with cracked blades caused by faulty quenching). I guess that at times Kumar was trying to make the most blades, not the best blades...

That said; I wouldn't trade my 25" Kobra by Kumar for anything (unless chambered for .303...)
I hope Kumar returns. If he ever does, as soon as I find out I'll be placing an order for one by him--more than one if I can afford it.