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Review... Der Hauswehr

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Dino in Reno, May 7, 2010.

  1. Dino in Reno

    Dino in Reno

    Jul 16, 2005
    A short review, with cutting review to follow next week.
    Like all the H.I. blades, this is a working blade.

    The over all length is 22" with 15 1/8” of blade. The blade swells towards the tip, going from 1 7/8” near the guard to right at 2” at the start of the back edge. The blade is about 5/16” at the spine.

    The fullers are even and well formed. From the ridge of the inner fuller to the edge of the blade the blade is slightly concave, almost like a shallow fuller, with the edge itself tapering from the slightly raised side.
    The tip is ground to a “broadsword” shape. This allows cutting with the full length of the blade, the tip, and the back edge. The grind is well done and is balanced side to side.

    The handle is horn, and is both comfortable and roomy. The sturdy pummel cap is made from sheets of brass, and adds a flash of color to the knife.

    The balance is 3” forward of the guard, and while the knife is heavy (sorry, no scale) it both swings and chops nicely.

    I have had about 15 sword and knife wise people handle and swing it around (while staying well back). Most felt that is fits into the falchon class of weapons, and would be useful in both combat and in the hunt and butchering. One said that if she would have seen it the weekend before, I would not have gotten it back :) She had slaughtered a large hog, and thought the shape, balance, and weight would have allowed it to replace the cleavers and “quartering” knifes. “This would have cut the spine in one shot”.
    As a weapon, it would be devastating to an unarmored opponent. Both draw cuts and chops work well, and the point is much more effective than many would think. Both edges cut while thrusting, and it makes a fast, wide wound channel.

    The scabbard will be familiar to all H.I. fans, and has a heart shaped brass drag, or tip which is a nice historic touch.
    The only flaw or fault I found is the retaining strap to hold the blade in the scabbard.
    It was placed too high on the handle, is too light, and the snap closure does not fit the otherwise period look of the knife. A post that pokes through a hole or slot (like in the G.I. leather .45 holsters) would work as well, and be right for the look too.
    But as this is a five minute job to replace it’s not a real issue :)
    Enjoy the photos, and I’ll be posting the cutting tests when I get them done. Wet newspaper wrapped around a wood core for the test target.

    Dino in Reno

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    Last edited: May 11, 2010
  2. greenwoods


    Sep 2, 2006
    Thanks Dino.
    I like this a lot.
    I especially look to an experienced stick jock to make an assessment.:thumbup:

    Be Well and Be As Well Fed As A Hobbit.

  3. b.c.molin


    Nov 28, 2008
    Thanks for the well written and descriptive review. :thumbup:

    Makes me wish I put more of my HI knives to work rather than just having them for their excellent workmanship and good looks. :)
  4. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I think it's a true classic. As much as I lust for a Falcatia, this particular blade just speaks to me. Must be my German roots:p
  5. rroundy


    Aug 11, 2007
    i can see that it would be rather effective.

    nice tool for sure.

  6. Dino in Reno

    Dino in Reno

    Jul 16, 2005
    Thanks Mark, it would crush and break things under mail, and would be very useable in a tight press, like a gate or bridge battle.
    The cut tests should be fun.

    Dino in Reno
  7. tjarlz


    Nov 24, 2006
    22 feet long with 15 inches of blade seems a bit unwieldy.
  8. Ugly Duck

    Ugly Duck

    Oct 6, 2008
    Maybe he has big hands?
  9. lal chatri

    lal chatri

    Sep 2, 2008
    its the longest handle ive ever heard of thats for sure:D
  10. Dino in Reno

    Dino in Reno

    Jul 16, 2005
    Nah, small feet.

    Error corrected.
    Dino in Reno
  11. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Great post and pix, I will pass the retaning strap suggestion to shop and Sarki.
    Thank you Dino
  12. Dino in Reno

    Dino in Reno

    Jul 16, 2005
    Yangdu, This is a great tool and weapon. I felt a bit silly bringing up the strap, but it was the only flaw I could find :) This blade has a great feel to it.
    After my cold goes away, I will do the cutting tests, and post the second half of the review.
    I hope you had a nice vacation :)

    Dino in Reno
  13. Nicholas


    Apr 1, 2009
    The discussions of this Teutonic beast have actually been quite helpful to me, as I'm thinking up a story character who carries something similar.

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