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The R-9: First Impressions

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Steely_Gunz, May 1, 2006.

  1. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
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    Well the R-9 from the DOTD a few day ago just showed up. This is my first piece by the new Kami Yuvraj. What captivated me was the unique blade shape. The pic is a bit skewed. I thought the R-9 would be "Sargish" or "JKM-1-like". These are both favorites of mine. however, i have TONS of them. Where was the little R-9 going to fit into all of this?
    Boy was I ever wrong about the "little" part. This blade as an over all length of 9.25" (4.78" of that is horn handle), a weight of at least 10 or 11oz, and a thickness of 1/4". It's a stout little knife;)
    I can see Yuvraj designed this to be a skinner of sorts. The overly deep choil is in fact designed so that you can "choke up" on the blade to bear down or get in close for fine work. However, it's a bit of an odd duck. The spacious handle will be great for giants with big paws. However, the choil is going to be tight unless you have runt hands like me;)
    The fit and finish are not up to Bura-grade, but as a user this blade is just fine:) the lines are straight and the edge is keen and the whole thing balances wonderfully. Just an FYI, the new kami's symbol is..is..well i don't know what it is. Maybe a torch? It looks like a carrot:D I'll take some pics of it later when i get home. THe Mrs. bought a new camera since she lost it at the airport in california a couple weeks ago:rolleyes:
    A bonus on this knife is the sheath it came with. in the pic, it looks like the standard thin leather sheathes that we see a lot of knives come in. However, this one is different. it is made of THICK hide. It's really neat and rugged.
    All in all this is a great blade. with its chiruwa handle and thick spine, you aren't going to break it in the field. The longer handle allows a bit of snap cut. It's really just a neat creative design.
    I would like to thank Yangdu and HI and Yuvraj for their hard work. the R-9 is a keeper;)

    Jake

    Jake
     
  2. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    Looks useful, Jake.... a one-of-a-kinder, for now. :D

    Seems like a handy design- that won't fall out of your back pocket.


    Mike
     
  3. Bri in Chi

    Bri in Chi

    May 28, 2003
    I was wondering about that cut-out in the choil. Seemed odd at first, but it might just work..
     
  4. munk

    munk

    Mar 22, 2002
    Great stuff all the way around. I'm gonna sound like I'm twenty, but how cool is it when custom stuff is offered at a price a working person has, the company functions, and the Kami families are fed?

    Nice honest review.



    munk
     
  5. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Thank you, Jake from Kamis and HI
     
  6. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Thank you Jake, from Kamis and HI
     

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