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The Ultimate Fighter...

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by John Shields, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. John Shields

    John Shields

    Oct 11, 2009
    Well, opening my front door I found a little surprise on my doorstep. It was a nicely packaged white box with something wrapped in newspaper inside. I opened it up and what do I find? An utter BEAST of a knife. This was a purchase from the 10-16-09 Deal of the Day.


    Overall Length (Extreme tip to end, measuring over spine): 18 1/4"
    Blade Length: 12 1/4"
    Handle Length: 6"
    Width (Spine to Butt): 1/2" to 1/4"
    Weight: 40.8oz (2lbs, 8oz)




    So... first thing I did was stood in awe at the heft of this thing. What was mentioned in the Deal of the Day as 44 ounces and 17" I knew I was in for a big one. But the whole weight of this thing was immense.

    The sheath it came with is stitched leather with oddly enough two small button snaps with the seal of Oklahoma on them. Haha. But the sheath is built well enough with only one little stitching mishap.

    Pulling it out of the sheath seemed like an endless task. The thing is an absolute beast. I'm not huge on big knives but this just looks fantastic. I could probably cleave through a buffalo with this thing.

    Anyhow... I pulled it out and inspected it. The wood and metal all seem perfect (no dings or dents). There is however a few blemishes that I've narrowed the cause down to. Along the side of the knife are scratches. What I figured that's from is the button snap that runs through the sheath. For some reason whoever made it decided to put bare metal on the inside where the blade is as opposed to putting it between leather layers. What that means is every time the blade is pulled out, it makes contact with that little metal button (its backside) and it leaves a scratch. That'll be something I'll need to fix ASAP. The rest of the blade is fantastic. Again, hard to get over this weight. This thing is HUGE.

    Edge to edge my four fingers are about 4 inches wide. I have a spare two inches of play between metal and the end of the handle. There is no bolster... at least not in the traditional metal sense. The wood holds the shape and appearance that there's one. This gives me or anyone with large hands a little extra play room.

    This knife didn't come with a chakma or karda. Not a huge deal and not that the sheath could have held them. My next purchase I'll get a set because I want to see how well they're put together.

    As far as performance is concerned... it's currently snowing so I'm not able to get this outside for testing. So when it eases up I'll go ahead and add to my review. But with how hefty this is, I can definitely see it taking on some serious wood.

    All in all a nice piece of equipment. It's very heavy but well balanced. The balance point is centered just behind the tip where the blade makes the downward angle (on the top spine). Should make for some nice swinging.

    I'd say this would make a good defense type of knife... perhaps more so at 15" overall as opposed to 18". The size just makes it hard to really swing and control in flight. Doesn't seem like something I'd want to or could, suddenly change my direction with. Then again, that just might be my weak forearms.

    It's a very nice knife that has been added to a growing collection. It's definitely a great first start for a Khukuri and I'm glad I picked it up. Thanks HI!
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2009
  2. Wolf_1989


    Mar 30, 2007
    IMO one of the meanest-lookin' khukuris in H.I.'s inventory.
  3. John Shields

    John Shields

    Oct 11, 2009
    I'll definitely agree to that statement. It definitely has a unique look that if presented to you in a dark alley... you'd likely have to change your pants afterwards. :D
  4. b.c.molin


    Nov 28, 2008
    John, glad that you have got something to play with now. :D

    Not all HI Khuk's come with Karda & Chakma. The Tamang and Bhairab immediately spring to mind ...

    I'm sure more HI fun is coming your way! ;)

  5. Ryan M

    Ryan M

    Aug 18, 2001
    Any shots of the spine? 44 ounces and 17", wow. It weighs as much as a Tibetan sword, but only slightly more than half the length. And none of that weight is bolsters. Must be thick.

    You have to chop something, and tell us how it performs! Hopefully it'll warm up there.
  6. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    wicked, wicked badass blade! I want one.
  7. scotchleaf


    Oct 23, 2006
    How was the sharpness?
  8. tedwca


    Dec 10, 2005
    Be sure to read the safety thread on proper sheathing and unsheathing techniques. The UF's can easily bite through the sheath if you are not careful.
  9. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    Nice geometry; looks like it has plenty of *whack*...

  10. John Shields

    John Shields

    Oct 11, 2009
    It came with a blade sharpness that could cut paper. I cut open a plastic package (similar to the thickness of a water bottle) to get at a new set of headphones I got. The tip was very sharp in terms of piercing ability.

    But it's nowhere near as sharp as I want it to be.

    Yeah the sheath is different than your "normal" Khukuri sheathes. As I stated above the buttons scratching is a problem that requires me to do a very different draw. The bottom of the sheath is closed but there's a gap at the top that shows steel (of the spine). Drawing incorrectly could be bad. Once I fix that button issue then I'll work on the draw.

    I actually got to test it out a bit today. All of the wood outside is wet from the snow so it wasn't a good judge of power. I had a 4 x 4 inch post that I literally split in half from top down. Which is no good because that's part of my fence. :eek: I didn't expect it to do that... but then I didn't take into account the water softening the wood.

    I then took to a tree and used the Khuk to shear off the outside layer exposing the live wood underneath. I then went to town hacking at it. With the "stock" sharpening which isn't much, I did do a fair amount of damage. These were with head on strikes. When turned at an angle I was shearing off large amounts of layered wood. Lastly, a small piece of wood running around the garden that is a few inches thick was splitting in half with each hit.

    All in all it did as well as I thought it would being that "hefty". With a much sharper blade it'll do a lot more damage. There was absolutely no damage to the blade edge at all after continuous strikes to both soft and hard wood. There was also zero vibration or bending of the blade when struck. I accredit that to the full tang which makes this one sturdy knife.

    Once it dries up I'll revisit the wood strikes and take some photos. ;)

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