Last khukuri by Murali. Pix and deal.

Mar 5, 1999

When Vikash and I were taking inventory we found the Murali made 20 inch, 25 ounce Sirupati at the bottom of the pile. Those of you who got some of Murali's khukuris were impressed by his work and it was very bad news for us to hear that tuberculosis had put Murali out of business. This is a 10/10 effort by Murali and one of his last. The finish is magic mirror and excellent. Fit is excellent outside of the problem mentioned below. Hardness is HI standard.
Karda and chakma nicely done. Scabbard well made and tooled by sarki with no name but problem as outlined below.

But there are two problems with this rig which keep this from being a top quality rig. One is in the low humidity of Reno the horn handle has shrunken a bit and one end of the buttcap shows about a .020 gap between horn and buttcap but the cap is still very solid. A bit of epoxy or superglue to fill the gap takes care of this.

And, the scabbard leather has shruken also and there is a gap in the seam at the back which probably should be filled with some black rubber cement.

So, 25 cents worth of epoxy and rubber cement and 10 minutes of your time will save you $50.

We will deliver this last Murali effort to your door today for $75 and it goes will full HI guarantee.

Call or email if interested.

Blessings from the computer shack in Reno.

Uncle Bill
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Wow Bill, you're getting slow... It took a whole 3 minutes longer than your last special to sell this one
. I can see I'm going to have to live on the board if I ever want to get one of your specials
. Probably have to program your phone number into my speed dial too!

I'm going to disappear into my shooting room and take some knife photos. Everyone have a great afternoon!


When all else fails...JSTF :D
We can't truly appreciate the game unless we see the time of the e-mail or phone call that took the prize.

Bill, could you post those times when you post the message telling us it's gone? That way we can judge the voracity of the sharks.
I got the Murali khukuri today. It's a shame he can't make khukuris anymore. He really knows how to make a nice one.
Thanks and God Bless.
That's what I had a question about, Unc.
Isn't TB cureable in reasonably short order and straightforward tx of antibiotics? I can see them needing to have him out of BirGhorka while still infectious, but...

Which also reminds me, been trying to find out about the over the border Mexico/US pharmacies. Be interesting to find out what some of the medicines down there cost, plus you said $20 a kilo airfreight?

"Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other." Mark Twain

Apothecary can help us out here for sure. Somehow the TB treatment comes to mind as being a year of a drug called INH (I think), which can have some unpleasant side effects. Having been out of medicine for 14 years and on a steady OR diet, I don't trust all of my old recollections of a drug I've never seen used. Anyway, healthcare folks live with the threat of undergoing this therapy with direct accidental exposures to patients who have active TB.

Hope this helps....Dan
Your recollection is pretty well right, Lt. Dan. The INH is "isoniazid." The full course is 9 months, and it can cause hepatitis and a few other unpleasantries. It also screws up the action of a vitamin that's needed for nerves to work and causes a neuropathy if the vitamin isn't supplemented.

One of the troubles with Tb, among other bugs, is that it becomes resistant to a drug if you don't take enough of the drug to kill it completely. That's why it requires a cocktail of drugs usually, kinda like HIV. The other common ones are rifampin (turns body fluids orange just for fun, can cause hepatitis and kidney inflammation, and interacts with just about every other drug ever made), pyrazinamide (also can screw up your liver), and ethambutol (which can scrap your optic nerves).

The resistance has been a big problem. In big cities, one of the big reservoirs of Tb has been the homeless, psychiatrically ill, and other dispossessed. They often don't take full courses of treatment, which is worse than no treatment at all because they still have the bug but now it's resistant to antibiotics. There has been an ongoing debate about whether you can hospitalize (read: imprison) people to treat them the full course.

I haven't kept up with the debate . . . just a simple country psychiatrist; generally I don't have to treat much Tb.
My Mom had TB. Back in '40 (before antibiotics) and the cure was treatment in a TB sanitorium (San Diego in her case) for a year or more. She made it after a year, and I still test positive although my lungs are healthy. The tests detect antibodies, which I still have from back then.
The disease is still around, but local medicos still panic over my positive tests, and have to check with other sources to verify my story of childhood exposure, because the current crop hasn't been around long enough to have had experience with it. Going to Nepal is in some ways a trip back in time, and this is one of the things they had "back then".
Doc, the folks in Nepal tend to abandon meds when they start feeling better instead of finishing the prescribed course and this leads to problems you've cited. I had many heated arguments with Nepalis about this but the uneducated folks just don't understand the reason for continuing with meds when you fell better.

Blessings from the computer shack in Reno.

Uncle Bill
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Lemme tell ya, Uncle, it ain't just the uneducated!

I've had PhD's who were on the bare edge of suicide who I've had to butt heads with constantly just to take one bloody antidepressant pill a day when they're well.

Nature of the beast, I reckon. Nobody wants to remind themselves they're sick. I don't know if Tb is stigmatized in Nepal the way it was here, but that's one of the biggest problems I run into with my patients. Folks won't hesitate to swallow a half-dozen over-the-counter potions for a cold, (or better yet, "all-natural herbals" with God-knows-what ingredients) but try saying the word "lithium" and watch the eyes turn to flint. It doesn't matter how sick they were; it always comes down to the unease over carrying a diagnosis you don't want to bring up at a cocktail party. Most eventually come around to accept it, but a lot of damage can be done in the meantime, and that can be really heartbreaking to watch.
Doc it would probably be a safe bet that TB is just as stigmatized (if not more so) in Nepal as here. With estimates as high as 10% of Nepal's population carrying TB, the disease is a serious problem over there. On a similar note, I've read that lepers are very stigmatized, being driven from local villages "with the greatest cruelty".


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