Recommendation? Why buy himalayan imports

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For The New Khukuri Buyer

This post is for the purpose of briefly conveying what I've learned about buying a Khukuri during the last year. Whereas my words may be good for Himalayan Imports, they are not written for their benefit. This post is for the benefit of the new buyer.

Next time you want to buy a new truck or maybe a shotgun, call Ford or Remington and request that the president of the company or QC director personally inspect the truck or shotgun you want to buy. That kind of customer service is rarely available at most companies, large or small. However, it’s the way Himalayan Imports does business every day with every customer.

WHAT ABOUT QUALITY? Yangdu, the owner of Himalayan Imports, has been involved in Khukuri manufacturing, quality control and sales for nearly 30 years. She has had thousands of Khukuris pass through her hands. In spite of the large numbers, it’s widely accepted that Himalayan Imports sets the industry standard for quality control. This likely qualifies her as the world's foremost authority on Khukuris. So now, at Himalayan Imports, you have what you can't get at Ford, Chevy or Remington, and Browning, that being personal service by the head honcho. As I understand it, every khukuri sold by HI passes through Yandu’s hands for inspection before it's shipped to you. In addition, based on the stories I've read, it's unlikely that the owners of the other companies are inspecting each and every Khukuri shipped out of their facility.

WHAT ABOUT PRICE? I did my due diligence, and checked out every Khukuri seller I could find on the internet for about a year before buying. I arrived at the conclusion that better was better, and that there was no monetary incentive to buy a lesser knife from a lesser company. The price difference between HI and lesser company’s disappears when you consider shipping fees and Yangdu's "Deal of the Day" discounts. In fact, some companies charged more for a lower quality knife. Compared to other hand made knives, Himalayan Import's khukuris are worth the full retail price listed. When you consider “Deal of the Day” they’re a bargain. From what I understand, buying from most other other companies is a crapshoot, and you never know what you’re going to get for your dollar.

WHY SO MANY LOYAL CUSTOMERS? Simply put, the quality of the product, the business ethics, customer service and the personal relationships provided by Himalayan Imports are of the highest order and are unique in the industry. It appears to me that Yangdu is beloved, trusted and respected by her clientele. I haven’t found that at other companies, and most seem detached from their clientele.

MY PERSONAL HI EXPERIENCE: I have purchased one khukuri from Yangdu, and that was enough to witness how she does business. Prior to sale she described the knife as a "blem" due to a "hairline crack in the horn handle". When I received the knife I found a superficial scratch, there was no "hairline crack". So she overstated the blemish, rather than using the typical sales tactic of understating a flaw.

ON THE OTHER HAND THERE WAS SHIPPING DAMAGE: Upon arrival I discovered that the postal service had crushed one end of the box, which chipped the knife’s handle. As “Blem” my knife was heavily discounted, and I understood that “Blem” sales were considered final. Yangdu hadn’t damaged the knife so I didn’t expect her to offer to replace it. I only emailed her to give her a heads-up on the postal services treatment of her shipments. She told me to return the khukuri and she'd replace it because it was damaged in route from Reno to my location. The point is that she was willing to replace a knife that she didn’t damage, just so I’d be happy. In the end, I couldn’t part with the knife and repaired it myself.

HOW ABOUT YANGDO’S ADVICE? Prior to buying the knife, I contacted her asking for advice. I told her my age, height, weight, physical condition and the intended use for the khukuri. She recommended a 15”, 1 ½ LB Ang Khola. After that I watched a video on Youtube by an internationally respected knife expert named Cliff Stamp. He had a 18” 2 LB Himalayan Imports AK and spoke highly of it. So naturally, I ignored Yangdu and bought an 18” 2 LB AK. After watching his video again it dawned on me that Cliff appeared be a much bigger guy than I am. Again, I love the knife, but my next one will be shorter and lighter as she suggested. She knows what she’s talking about, and if asked, will give her best shot at pointing you in the right direction.

MAKING A CHOICE: Currently as well as historically, Himalayan Imports has demonstrated great quality, great customer service, great prices, and they give sound advice. I believe that past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior. I went with Himalayan Imports and as you can tell I’m glad I did.

"TEN MILLION COYOTES CAN'T BE WRONG, LAMB TASTES GOOD": Remember that old bumper-sticker? There's a reason so many people like doing business with HI. Most folks who own various brands of Khukuris will tell you that their HI khukuris are superior. It's safe to say that there are more satisfied customers on-line singing the praises of HI than any other single company. If the owner of another company is reading this, they're probably asking themselves, "Why don't my customers write posts like this". As a prospective buyer, you would be wise to ask your self the same question.

VCB
 
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I won't go into details, but I've been treated far beyond fair by HI. Chapeau!
 

cul4u01

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Well Said VCB, I couldn't say it any better than that.

I love HI, and as long as they are around, I refuse to go anywhere else for my khukuris.
 
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Very eloquent and straight from the hip, VCB. All your points were covered sufficiently without over kill. Your phrasing is very understandable and you did not talk over any normal person's head. Outstanding job, lad.:thumbup:
 
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I agree with what was written above. I would add that it makes a difference to some buyers as to what kind of operation they are supporting, and Himalayan Imports has proven itself to be the "Fair Trade" maker of khukuris in Nepal. Some khukuri sellers are essentially middlemen who have their knives made by some other facilities. HI has its own facilities in Nepal, and takes care of its workers, helping with medical costs and arranging celebrations and company-wide trips for all the families during the holidays.

I was going to mention some other things, but the words of Uncle Bill are much more descriptive:
http://www.himalayan-imports.com/Tradition.htm
 

Steven65

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That is an excellent explanation. You should make it a sticky.:)
 

ndoghouse

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Excellent! What vbcvbcvcbvbcb said and what Steve said:thumbup: I used to buy USA if I could but that aint right either. Now I buy "Fair Trade". People are deserving of a good life and honor in their workplace no matter where they are.
 
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The sticky thing seems kinda permanent. I thought that would be in the wheelhouse of Yangdu or Karda. If the author is the only person who can post a sticky, and they want me to, I will. Yangdu can do whatever she wants with it.
 
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Yup only a moderator can do the sticky thing. It can be unstuck so it's not forever but probably would be in this case.
 
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