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My first Ang Khola

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by wolfenhawk, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. wolfenhawk

    wolfenhawk

    141
    Oct 1, 2009
    Hi Guys,
    I'm new to the forum and just received my 15 inch wood handled Ang Khola yesterday. The shipping was very fast. I ordered it Thursday night and it was here by monday, just two business days. I've never bought a handcrafted knife before and I was extremely impressed with the quality of workmanship and just the way the Khukuri felt like an extension of my arm. The balance is awesome. I enjoy knowing that although there are many other Ang Kholas out there, but becuase mine was made by an individual craftsman it is totally unique; and you can't really say that about the machine made stuff.
    When i first took it out of its sheath it was sharp, but not as sharp as i like, and having worked as a professional meat cutter I have a couple of industry grade sharpening steels, the finer of which easily gave my new Khukuri a very sharp invisible edge. The small utility knife also quickly sharpened up enough to shave the hair off my arm. Also I love the way my Ang Khola fits in the sheath, which is absolutely perfect. It smoothly slides in and out, and when sheathing just a gentle knudge snugs it. Today i took it out and tried giving it a little field use. I have a large pecan tree in my yard and I always have some large limbs available. I found one about two inches in diameter slid out my Khukuri and tried I few chops. This tool makes my hatchet seem like something from the stone age. Just a few quick chops and it was through that piece of hardwood. Next i did some brush trimming and I think I may throw my pruners away, or at least put them in storage. It made very short work of removing brush and small limbs, usually with just one or two chops. I even chopped down a small 3 or 4 inch sapling growing next to my fence without ever touching my fence. Awesome cutting power and it seemed very easy to control. After that bit of use i checked my edge and could see some slight dulling by looking directly at the edge in the sunlight; so i tried using the small steel to straighten the edge. I usually don't use a smooth steel, prefering a fine; but I was impressed at how well it restored the edge. I can see that this tool is likely to be around longer than i am after giving me a lifetime of use. I can't wait to take it camping. The only drawback to purchasing this knife that i have encountered so far is that it has made most of my other large knives pale in comparsion in regards to thier versatility and usefulness; as I am sure that from now on whenever i am out in the field hunting, hiking, canoeing or camping my Ang Khola will be my choice to carry.
    Thanks for listening
    James from Oklahoma:thumbup:
     
  2. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    Great first post! Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    Welcome to the family. I have a 15" AK as well but with the horn handle. It is my smaller kukri as I prefer my M-43's.

    The AK makes a great bush knife. You will find in time that it is even greater thasn you think it is right now.

    I was a bit skeptical about the chakma with my first kuk too. However I have found that when using the kukri heavily if you stop frequently and use the chakma you will need to sharpen the knife a LOT less.

    I should warn ya you have now been infected with the dread HIKV virus and are now beyond all hope or human aide. Soon you will be overtaken by a powerful obsession to own many more kukri's. Just go with it.
     
  4. wolfenhawk

    wolfenhawk

    141
    Oct 1, 2009
    Thanks guys. I think you're right wildmike, I'm already thinking about getting a Chiruwa. lol
     
  5. Thor1986

    Thor1986

    221
    Jun 24, 2008
    Very nice post man, i hope to receive my CAK this week it will be my first HI khuk also. Grats on the score and my she smite many a tree.
     
  6. wolfenhawk

    wolfenhawk

    141
    Oct 1, 2009
    Thanks Thor, you're gonna love it man!
     
  7. iBlade

    iBlade

    446
    Jul 24, 2008
    Welcome aboard, fine choice you have made, traet it well and it should return the favour.
     
  8. b.c.molin

    b.c.molin

    Nov 28, 2008
    Welcome to HI ownership ...but as you have been warned, it doesn't stop with just one! :D
     
  9. MrMike

    MrMike

    147
    Jan 22, 2006
    I have a 16.5" CAK by Sher (Tiger). Love it. Tiger-striped horn handle. One tough blade. On relation to your question on kami marks from another post, please review the information on this link.

    It has a lot of great info and pictures in helping you identify the maker of your blade. (Didn't see an indication in your post.)
     
  10. wolfenhawk

    wolfenhawk

    141
    Oct 1, 2009
    Thanks Mr Mike, I'll check that out.
     
  11. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    Now just wait till you pick up an M-43.
     
  12. Kismet

    Kismet Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    The 15AK will do most of anything you will ever want done.

    Give it a long time before you get bigger/heavier/faster/longer...whatever.

    If you start looking for things beyond its scope, you will find them. But generally, you HAVE TO look.

    Be safe.
     
  13. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    Thats true the 15" AK is indeed perfectly capable of most anything one would ever need to do in the woods.
     

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