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NEW product HI - Der Hauswehr

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by DannyinJapan, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. DannyinJapan


    Oct 9, 2003
    I don't have the prototype yet - its in the mail, but when it arrives I will give a full review with videos. For now, I'd like to whet your appetites with some pictures and history.
    The Hauswher (Home-defense weapon) is a distant cousin of the Grosse Messer, a weapon that comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. I love a few swords and knives above all others, and all of the members of the messer family are included. Basically, it is an old German version of a khukuri. About the same size, meant for chopping, fullered, similar sheath, similar in many ways except the curve is to the rear, not the front. I chose a beautiful example I found in an online auction website.
    This one was made in Vienna in the 1830's.
    This is the new HI version, based on a full-scale drawing I sent them.
    (They really did a fantastic job of replicating it)

    The reason I chose this knife was because the bowie chitlangi hit me one day. I said "where have I seen this knife before?" and I went looking...
    I guess I should tell you guys now - The teardrop sirupati was only one of 30 or so knife and sword designs I sent to the Kamis. I sent everything from English polearms to the sword of Mehmed to shuriken. all full-sized drawings cut out of posterboard accompanied with smaller, full-color photos and specs.
    So far, there have been two offspring of the project and they are both VERY pleasing to see ! I hope that the rest of the designs are brought to life and that they sell well. I did my best to come up with some of the most desirable, exotic, interesting and yet doable projects I could find. The only failure so far has been a German helmet - armor is apparently not a doable project. But anyway, so far, so good!
  2. Karda

    Karda Banned BANNED

    Jun 1, 2007
    Well, If that isnt the prettiest darn thing!
    Very glad to finally see this,tonight.
    Bravo to you Danny, and Bravo to Yangdu and the Kami's for doing a great job in replicating it. That looks fantastic and i think it should be a great seller.

    What is the Approx. OAL and width of blade on this?
  3. DannyinJapan


    Oct 9, 2003
    I don't know the HI specs yet, but I'm guessing 20" long. I will tell all when it arrives. I can't wait to get my hands on it.
  4. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    That is fantastic. Cheers to you, Yangdu and the kamis.
  5. John Shields

    John Shields

    Oct 11, 2009
    That is a beauty! I saw someone had a Kopis, and I'd love one of those. Might have to inquire about one if at all possible.
  6. Magnum22


    Jul 6, 2006
    nice! looks cool.

    teardrop sirupati? i'm sorry, i've been absent.
  7. Abaniko


    Jun 2, 2006
    This is sooo cool :cool:
  8. Karda

    Karda Banned BANNED

    Jun 1, 2007
    Email Yangdu, she will tell you wether she can get you one or not.

  9. Magnum22


    Jul 6, 2006
    thanks karda.
  10. Roger Smith

    Roger Smith

    Oct 22, 2001
    Even if I have to sell blood or a kidney, I'm getting one.
  11. Karda

    Karda Banned BANNED

    Jun 1, 2007
    Email sent!.....:rolleyes::D
  12. garand1911


    May 11, 2008
    thats a nice design knife. different sizes might fill a lot of needs.

    ive been thinking that a HI Keris style blade would be very neat to have. maybe even a full replication / interpretation of a traditional Indonesian keris would be even better.
  13. pugs75

    pugs75 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Danny, that looks unreal the kamis continue to amaze me. Cant wait to see more pics of it.:thumbup::D


    Aug 28, 2004
    absolutely beautiful but I'm sure it will be way out of my price range for anytime in the near future.
  15. kronckew

    kronckew Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 17, 2003
    Hi call it the bhairab

  16. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Nice pix, thank you Danny
  17. C.S. Graves

    C.S. Graves

    Jun 13, 2006
    Or a Filippino kalis/kris... somethin' big and swordy!

    Given their proclivity for making thick blades, I can imagine the kamis snickering at the "daintiness" of Indonesian keris. :D

    Danny, you say you provided the kamis with a posterboard cutout and photos? Seeing how nicely this baby turned out, I'm becoming increasingly interested in the idea and process of seeking custom work from the kamis.
  18. Empire_ian


    Jun 8, 2008
    I don't know if it's really worth the effort making an HI keris, there are traditionally made keris blades available from the Philippines, what I would like to see is more weapons that cannot be easily found from other sources, for example, if HI could start making replacement blades for common bayonet systems, that would be amazing. I am sure that my father for example, would love to get his hands on a differentially hardened hand crafted M4 bayonet for his M1 carbine.

    As for me, I would love an M6 bayonet modified to have a gigantic foot and a half long sabre blade.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2009
  19. b.c.molin


    Nov 28, 2008
    + 1 ... provided that they will go down to a reasonable thicknesses, not stay with their often overbuilt offerings that while being almost indestructible, are just too big and heavy for sustained usage.
  20. DannyinJapan


    Oct 9, 2003
    It got here today - that's overnight delivery !!
    So far, I have only had time to worship it and take a few measurements.
    Spine is 3/8 inch above guard (which is just about the same as the original)
    Overall length is 20.5 inches, also very close to original.
    I am still amazed at how perfectly they did this one. It differs from the Vienna specimen very very little. Somehow, the spirit of the original must have been so close to what they were already doing, it must have just naturally guided itself into the correct form.
    I hope they make 20 more !

    Pictures and videos to follow...

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