Got the bamboo root tamang in the mail yesterday. Rained all day, so I edged it and cleaned and oiled the handle and polished off some of the scale (just for fun.) No rain today, so out we go for a walk. You know its impossible to resist using a new Khukri ;~} Here she is under the yellow house lights. Now out to the trails for a test. I had already cut this log into about five pieces before I did this. A small pile of firewood in about five minutes. I think it'll do.... Will it knock the VUK by Purna off my belt? Nope, the VUK is a laser. Impressions: The Goods! -- This thing cuts wonderfully. Definitely chops better than any bowie or other straight bladed knife I've ever handled. The log in the pics is slow growing grand fir from and old growth area. Very tough stuff. I cut a dead standing fir about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and it was 45 years old! I was able to rip through this log about 10 times in as many minutes. The re-curve area is very sharp and makes feathers and fuzz and carves beautifully. Also, Bamboo Root! This stuff is beautiful. I cleaned the duirt out of the grain and put one coat of oil on. Already can tell I love it. Very nice. Took a razor edge! This thing handles like a dream. Whitling a limb down to a toothpick was the most fun I've had in two days. The edge has been micro rolling. However, I think this is because I had a very thin edge on it and the steel is no overly hard, but tough as the dickens. I have determined that I inadvertently put a straight wire edge on it. Seems I've gotten so good at keeping an angle while hand sharpening that I ground and stropped a wire edge that was perfectly smooth and straight. This is what has been micro-rolling. I've been honing with E-5 emery at a steep angle to try to bring it down, but it is very tough. Even all the chopping I did today has removed only about half of the wire. But we are getting there... getting sharper every time I use it. The not so good: The sheath is basically not useable. There is no way to carry it and the leather is very thin. But the main issue with the sheath is that there seems to be a tack or some hard object embedded in there somewhere. I kept getting a dulled edge in the same place and couldn't figure it out till I noticed it was happening in the sheath. No problem, don't like the sheath anyway. Final thoughts: I like it. This dang Tamang can hang, mang! I will use it some more and then perhaps have a sheath made.