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The Bonecutter Files - 16 inch

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Bladite, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    managed to take some time off for a hike, bird and nature shooting, and took the HI 16 inch Bonecutter Khukri with me. beat the rain out too.

    lots of lovely nature and photos, perhaps for another post... however, i did find a nice falled oak tree, that was still plenty solid and green on the inside. beautiful sappy smell, lovely fresh read oak... the pictures pretty much tell the tale...

    first off, mushrooms on trees, possible chicken mushroom in the case of this oak, mean one thing: the tree is sick, dying, and being readied to fall. be especially careful around such trees (wind storms, chopping, etc: widowmakers)... fortunately for me, this one fell this spring... onto the pictures

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  2. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
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  3. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
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    and some words. this thing CHOPS. it's hungry for wood. frankly, i'm rather amazed at how well this bit into the oak. tip to cho, it's sharp, and it feels hard over a larger area than my typical khukri.

    with hollowdweller's favored wrist snapping, and hold style, the bonecutter 16 just launches into the wood, and chip chip chip things fly. it's accurate, and very effective. saves your big arm muscles for other things. (sorry you can't view the images, open a window and go for walk, they'll load :>)

    though, full forearm, and shoulder throws, this thing does well there too. massive pieces fly out. from the nearly razor edge, with the wide profile, leading to a progressively thicker sweep of mid blade, wow, it just penetrates, cut, and splits. the wood has no chance. even with full force blows, tip to sweet spot, to just inside the sweet spot, this blade cut like no other i have. cuts like a much bigger khukri, feels small, cuts big. i'm figuring an 18 inch cuts like a monster. whoa.

    i found the overall hand fit very good for me. seems a little thinner than some from sgt khadka, though some say it's too fat. i have large hands :) the bell pommel was very comfortable, *except* for a slightly sharp edge on the metal butt plate, which dug into my palm opposite my thumb, also easily fixed with some sand paper. otherwise, perfect fit. like they read my mind :). i might consider taking a dremel to it, and completely rounding it over, but that's me. mmm.

    Updated List:

    The Bone Cutter Files:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=542155

    First for sale thread:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=548676

    Big W's Review:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=549166

    HD's Review:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5533439

    The Super-CAK Thread - The Almost Bone Cutter One Off:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=545016

    More Bonecutter pictures by IlBruche:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=551001

    The Bonecutter Files - 16 inch:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5565214

    bladite
     
  4. TWBryan

    TWBryan

    Jun 11, 2006
    So,what makes this different from a CAK?
     
  5. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    CAK's, including Super-CAK, don't have an edge profile that wide. only the actual bonecutters and the old school HI GRS have that afaik. it's over 10mm by far, which is typical for a CAK iirc. some, like Super-CAK have a 5mm profile. This is pretty much double, at a smidge over 20mm at the sweet spot. that's impressive, no?

    at 16 inches, 27.45 ounces, and 20mm edge profile it's a cutting machine.

    it's perfectly balanced feeling in the hand too. i love it.

    bladite
     
  6. Big W

    Big W

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    Great review Bladite:thumbup:
     
  7. ilbruche

    ilbruche

    Jun 19, 2007
    Great write up Bladite. :thumbup:

    I'd like to try the smaller sizes. Mine cuts like nothing else I've ever used. It has the weight of an axe but lots more edge to go around.

    I need more trees. :D
     
  8. TWBryan

    TWBryan

    Jun 11, 2006
    Is this a convex edge?
     
  9. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    no clue, but i'll assume yes. given how wide the profile is, 16 strops on a denim jeans, would probably make it convex (a great field trick for touch up an edge). carhartts even better.

    also: "it doesn't matter" :)

    i'm putting in a direct order for an 18 inch right now, that's how plucky i am feeling :)

    bladite
     
  10. hollowdweller

    hollowdweller

    Sep 22, 2003
    BTT Since were talking about them
     
  11. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    i have since bought an 18 inch bonecutter after this one was kindly sent to me by Auntie Yangdu.

    i have also since used this 16 inch one more. it slices grass pretty well, a novel experience for me, as well as bites very aggressively into a variety of woods i've tried it on. hard or soft, nothing yet has resisted. good stuff.

    the 18 inch... has not tasted tree yet. mmm.

    i'm in the virtual line alread for a 14 incher, and perhaps i'll contemplate something larger too. we'll just all have to wait for another batch :) that sgt khadka does great work.

    bladite
     

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