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Very Informal HI Khuk Chopping Comparo

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Billy516, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Billy516

    Billy516 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2007
    So another one of my Christmas palms died in the front yard and it needed to come down. What better to take it down than my M-43? Only slightly slower than a chainsaw, but a heckuva lot more fun! I had it down and sectioned in probably under 10 minutes. The M-43 is just a beast and an extremely efficient chopper.

    So, as I'm sitting there sweating in the front yard, I says to myself, "Self, you should go get your other "big" khuks and have a little fun!" So, that's what I did. I grabbed my 16.5" WWII, 15" BGRS-V and 14" BDC, which I won from Yangdu's last most generous giveaway. Thanks again Aunty!!
    Front to Back: WWII, M-43, BGRS-V and BDC

    So as I noted, this was a very informal comparo and I just wanted to see how these four knives would compare, side-by-side, doing nothing but chopping. Up until yesterday, I had used the M-43 and BGRS-V to chop, but not the WWII or the BDC. In fact, yesterday was the first time I used the BDC for anything. My results were a bit surprising and came in like this:

    #1 - M-43. No surprise there. Like I said, it is only slightly slower than a chainsaw and dispatched the soft palm with ease, taking BIG chunks out with every hit. Comfortable and efficient to use.
    #2 - BGRS-V. Even though it is about 3 inches shorter, it works nearly as well as the M-43. It too was very comfortable to use (perhaps even a tad bit more than the M-43), but had a tendency to bind a bit which slowed it down a bit. Overall, this would make an awesome all-purpose khukuri that could fill alot of roles and still be fairly packable. It's also my first-ever khukuri.:D
    #3 - BDC. This little knife surprised the heck out of me with how well it handled the chopping. It was slightly less efficient than the BGRS-V, but bound up less, which helped keep it very close in my rankings. I suspect this one will be better in the kitchen than the BGRS-V too. I like it alot and looking forward to getting to know it better.:)
    #4 - WWII. As far as a chopper goes, it just didn't do that well. I use this knife ALOT, perhaps more than any of my other khuks, for general yard and kitchen duty and it does a great job with light duty stuff, but when it came to chopping, it just didn't perform as well as even it's smaller cousins. Vibrations through the handles were much more noticeable too. I love this knife, but will grab any of my other three for any chopping duties.

    So there you have it. I also have a 12" CAK that I thought about pulling out, but I think I will have to do a "small khukuri" comparo with that one, my 13" Katunje My Special and my 9" AK. I'm thinking of comparing these three in the light duty categories of house, yard and kitchen work. Sounds like fun to me!

    Anyway, here's a few more pics of the 4 choppers. Hope you enjoyed my little comparo!
  2. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    Great review. Always felt Ganga is one of the best designs.:thumbup:
  3. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Great review and pix, than you
  4. b.c.molin


    Nov 28, 2008
    Thanks Billy for the review and the photo's.

    Your comments make me very aware that I as yet do not have a M43 not Ganga Ram ...something that perhaps should be soon rectified? ;)
  5. cthorness


    Jan 9, 2008
    Thanks for the review. I have been thinking I need a kukri as I don't have one and am torn between the M-43 and the Ganga Ram Special. Thanks to this review, I am no closer to deciding!
    Noob questions: Are you listing those knives lengths as over all or blade length? ALso, what is the B in BGRS-V for? Thanks
  6. Cpl Punishment

    Cpl Punishment

    Jan 28, 2006
    Kukris are measured from the pommel to the tip, i.e. overall length.

    The B stands for "baby" as in small. So a BGRS is a Baby Ganga Ram Special
  7. cthorness


    Jan 9, 2008
    Right, thanks. I knew the measuring convention, but wasn't sure the author was going with that, and the models he shows seem like what I am looking for - so I wanted to make sure I ask for the right things when I get in touch with HI.

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