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My M-43 ROCKS!

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Billy516, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Billy516

    Billy516 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2007
    So until yesterday, I hadn't really given it a good workout. Yesterday, I decided to attack the brazilian pepper and ficus trees. The brazilian pepper trees pretty much just had to come down - everything from 1.5" saplings to trees as big around as my thigh. The ficus mostly just needed to be pruned and cleaned up. The M-43 took it all in stride and extremely easily. The smaller stuff, up to about 2" in diameter was easily cut with one shot while bigger stuff took a a bit more work, but nothing the M-43 couldn't handle. Overall, it was about two hours of work and my hand held up great with the horn handle. Lots of productive khukuri fun!
    Oh yeah, the blade was scary, hair-popping sharp when I started. By the time I was done, it was still shaving but not quite at the level it was before. A few minutes on the Sharpmaker and it's scary sharp again. BTW, I have been using the Sharpmaker on all my khuks now and it's working out great. I gave up on convexing them. After yesterday, I have found that I'm getting the best edges with just the diamond rods and then the medium (grey/brown) rods. I only use the corners too.
  2. Billy516

    Billy516 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2007
  3. b.c.molin


    Nov 28, 2008
    Good workout with the M-43 ...an impressive pile for the mulcher! :thumbup:

    And a nice collection you have started amassing as well. Hope you get the chance to do review/test of the 13.5" Katunje Special real soon. It is on my 'must get' list. :D
  4. Ugly Duck

    Ugly Duck

    Oct 6, 2008
    I like that 13.5" Katjune Special... looks just about right for something a friend of mine desires. Its a relatively rare specimen, eh?

  5. Billy516

    Billy516 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2007
    I haven't really done anything other than some kitchen work with it so far, so all I can say is, it slices and peels apples just fine and sliced up my steak nicely one evening. It's very light and exceptionally well balanced in the hand and has alot less drop than some of the other models. I believe it a bit more adaptable to a wider variety of tasks than other models in the same size range like the BGRS and AK. I have to put it through it's paces soon both outdoors and more inside, general stuff. I really like it so far though - just feels "right".:cool:
  6. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Great review and pictures, thank you Billy
  7. C.S. Graves

    C.S. Graves

    Jun 13, 2006
    I've got a sharpmaker too. I use the fine rods for final honing, but I do it freehand as if the rod is a file. For rougher grits, I use a paint stick with wet or dry sandpaper glued to either side in two different grits. My diamond speed sleeves are so worn now, they don't bite much for these big blades. Kinda gives you a convex micro-bevel.

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