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R-10 review

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Cpl Punishment, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Cpl Punishment

    Cpl Punishment

    Jan 28, 2006
    Well, got the R-10 I ordered last week.

    This knife surprised me. I thought it was going to be much thinner and lighter and smaller than it is. I wasn't sure I would like it.

    Getting it in hand isa different story. It's much larger and heavier than I thought it would be, yet more usable than most thick, heavy knives for the ever popular "bushcrafting". Let me 'splain.

    OK the knife is 9 7/8" OAL, with a 5 1/16" blade and 4 13/16" handle. It is a full, exposed tang. The handle is 3/4" wide and the blade, well it's .275" thick at the tang! WOW. So how is this good for fine bushcrafting? Well, it has two features that I find missing on most of the commercial knives out there:

    1.) Distal taper
    2.) a fine tip.

    The distal taper takes it from .275" at the tang to .140" just before the primary bevel at the tip. So it's bulldog strong, yet can do fine work. The other thing is the fine tip. It's a pet peeve of mine with commercial knives that they may come with fine, sharp edges great for slicing, and a tip that has about a 90 degree included angle and has trouble punching through plastic or packing tape. If you grind them back to a fine tip, they look stupid, because now the tip bevel is about 1/2" with the final bevel on the rest of the blade at about 3/16", due to a lack of distal taper.

    The R-10, however with its distal taper and .400" bevel leave a nice, fine, sharp point good for detail work.

    The grind is what I'll call a modified scandi. There is some taper (from .210" to .170" at the middle point of the blade) from the spine toward the edge, then a final single bevel to the edge. Very strong, yet slices well (at least it did a real number on a slab of London Broil).

    It was sharp out of the box, but the edge was rolled to one side (no doubt a result of the heavy buffing). So it was easy to straighten the edge and get it very sharp. Like I said, it did a number on a slab of London Broil. The grind also made it very good at cutting some soft vegetation in the yard, as well as harder vegetation (palmetto stalks), and still carved up fuzz sticks well, with nice, curly strands.

    The blade is wide enough to get a good pinch grip to choke up on the blade to within about a half inch of the tip for fine carving and notching.

    While this blade may seem too large and ungainly, it actually works quite well, and for guys with large hands, it's a perfect fit. I had originally wanted a JKM-1 for this purposed, and missed it on the DOTD where I picked this up, but this is, for me, the better of the two because of the longer handle, and I'm actually feeling lucky that I missed the JKM-1.
  2. cocomen69


    Nov 16, 2007
    Nice Review , Thanks!
  3. HiramRanger


    Mar 3, 2008
    I'm getting closer and closer to buying one of these even though its not really my type of knife. The reviews are quite good.
  4. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Thats a good review. Dang, .275 is a honkin thick blade.
  5. ilbruche


    Jun 19, 2007
    I hope to add my thoughts on the R-10 when it arrives from Reno. [​IMG]
  6. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Nice Review, thank you
  7. M. Taylor

    M. Taylor

    Dec 4, 2005
    I knew I had a good reason to like these.
  8. ilbruche


    Jun 19, 2007
    I got my R-10 blem today. The first item of business was to sand down the neem handle. I rounded it off quite a bit and found some beautiful grain hiding in the wood. Once I got the handle contour to my liking I filled the gaps between the scales and tang with superglue before the final sanding.

    Some woods respond well to a Danish oil soak. Maple, walnut, osage and various other woods soak up the oil and the grain and chatoyance is exposed. Woods like bocote or ipe are too dense and oily for it to do anything. Neem obviously doesn't gain much depth from soaking in it.

    So after the handle was taken care of I convexed the edge on the belt sander and gave the blade a scotch brite finish to take care of the rust problem. Mine doesn't seem to have the distal taper Cpl Punishment has on his. The tip was "pointy" but probably not as pointy as it would have been if the blade tapered more.

    I love the feel of the knife in hand. It is solid, tough and seems to want to work. It is 3/16" thick with 4 1/2" of sharpened blade.

    Tomorrow I'll take some pictures.

    If I have one complaint it is that the scales near the blade seem to have been burned. I can only assume this is from contact with a buffing wheel. It is the same sort of burn you get when you try to put a lot of pressure on a worn out sanding belt. I dunno, sometimes I care more about how the wood looks than the steel.
  9. ilbruche


    Jun 19, 2007
    Some pictures.

  10. Tohatchi NM

    Tohatchi NM

    Mar 26, 2002
    It sounds like the kamis still have some tricks up their sleeve. Distal tapering would be a mean little feature on a production knife.

    Thanks for the review!
  11. wildmike


    Nov 17, 2007
    Gotta get me one of these. Nearly exactly what I was thinking of having made.
  12. wildmike


    Nov 17, 2007
    Yep couldn't wait so now mines on the way thanks Yangdu!

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