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R-1 Pictures and Mini Review

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Skyler R., Oct 6, 2006.

  1. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    After anxiously waiting the arrival of the R-1 Stick Knife that I ordered from Yangdu on 10/02, it arrived today in the classic triangle box. Here are some pictures of it in use. Hopefully I will be able to write up a full review when I get the time as well as better pictures.

    It chops about as well as a 15-16" kukri, but the with the way the handle is set up my palm does not rub up against the pommel like it does on 15-16" kukris (18" feel just right though). While it chops as well as a decent sized kukri it does not seem to baton as well as a kukri for some reason (my technique maybe to blame?). While it achieved the batoning just fine, it was harder to do then with kukris.

    This is my first knife by Dil, and he certainly knows his stuff. This is one of the sharpest out of the box knifes I have received from HI. The fit and finish is also very well done as should be expected. The handle wood just glows under light and the full tang is perfectly even with the handle and has the same finish as the blade.

    Thanks Yangdu. :)


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  2. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Few more that wouldn't fit in the above post.

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  3. Big Bob

    Big Bob

    Oct 13, 1999
    Nice review, Skyler. The batoning performance may be due to the blade being relatively broad ie not being as "wedge" shaped as most khukuri handles.

    Bob
     
  4. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    That could be Bob, it did the job just fine but took a little extra to get it going.

    On a side note I think I will be making a wooden scabbard for it to store in. The leather one that came with it is nice and fits great, but I like to store my blades in wood rather then leather (tried leather once, and had rust in a week).
     
  5. Nasty

    Nasty Chief Cook & Bottle Wash

    Nov 11, 2003
    I use mine primarily for smaller stuff...under 3" diameter.
     
  6. lefthandblack

    lefthandblack

    756
    Jan 22, 2004
    Thanks for the pics. Those stick knives sure seem to make an excellent chopping tool!:thumbup:
     
  7. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    You notice how many people want to do stick knife reviews? I want to do one and I dont even own one. Must be a popular up and coming product.

    Very very nice, Skyler

    munk
     
  8. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Nice review, thank you Skyler
     
  9. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005

    Thank you Yangdu for sending me such a great knife. :)
     
  10. stevomiller

    stevomiller

    May 4, 2001
    Skyler, I'm curious if you would have better luck batoning if you used the less "concave" section on the edge, nearer to the handle.
     
  11. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    It could help, I will have to try it later and let you know.
     
  12. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Tried batoning it with the part nearer to the handle to see if it would make a difference, and it didn't do much better then using the concave part, its only getting it started where it kind of chokes up.

    On a side note though I did get to test it out clearing out some tall grass by using it much like a hasiya and it worked wonderfully, it cleared the grass like nothing. I also was able to try it out at some limbing, it worked well enough but not nearly as good as my Sher Attitude (which is a beast at limbing).

    I also wouldn't mind seeing what one of these with maybe a 4-5" longer blade would be able to do (a small kora anyone?).
     
  13. Svashtar

    Svashtar

    Dec 28, 2003
    Nice review and great pics! You did a better job with 2000 words less than me. :D I really like the wood handle on this, and the blade seems a little wider than mine somehow, although it may be just your quality pics. Glad to hear he did such a great job on the handle and tang finish for you.

    You're point is right on the leather. Wood is a great way to store them, but leather can hold moisture. Luckily just the edge on this is in the leather. Be interested to see what you come up with as a scabbard.

    One 4"-5" longer would be something. I imagine any batonning problems would disappear with one that long. (?)

    Norm
     
  14. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thanks Norm, it was really your review that pushed the Stick Knife into the "must buy" category. The Stick Knife is such an interesting and useful offering, I can't seem to keep my paws off it.

    Now that I have found out to attach pictures, I guess I have nothing stopping me (other then time) to put up more reviews. The Sher Attitude probably being my next.
     
  15. Svashtar

    Svashtar

    Dec 28, 2003

    Good for you! There is no reason I shouldn't have done many more reviews than I have. I plead pure unadulterated laziness. It also took me a long time and many suggestions and tips from Steve and other accomplished photographers to get my pics beyond the "I see a blur and it hurts my eyes" stage.

    I know Yangdu really appreciates reviews, and they help to generate interest in new models and raise overall HI awareness.

    I think Munk might have done the very first review on the Attitude some time back, but another would be welcome.

    Norm
     
  16. cybrok

    cybrok

    Aug 7, 2005
    Thanks for that, I was just asking myself "Are the blade they sell on HI good for light chopping". I have my answer here, I did not even needed to use the search engine :)
     

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