Himalayan Imports problem


Navy joe
January 11, 2003, 07:56 PM
Problem is I have a British pattern kuk and the Jim March katana sitting here and nothing to chop! :mad: I guess tomorrow the old tiki torches out back are going to have a go with the kuk. Looks like it will be a while before I'm a grass mat freak.

The blades are excellent, I am simply astounded at the work that is in the khukuri for the 100 dollar price tag. Already feels like an arm extension. The sword is also a beautiful piece. If you like knives you need to check these guys out. I ordered Wed. , getting them in the mail today was a nice suprise, excellent service, well packed.

Let the chopping begin!

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January 11, 2003, 08:53 PM
Yup. They make good stuff, and I just ordered another WW II for a friend. :)

January 11, 2003, 10:17 PM
If you listen closely, they speak to you. Uncle Bill is a pleasure to deal with, which is why the title of the thread had me wondering for a minute. :)

January 11, 2003, 10:19 PM
I recently got my first Khuk, an HI M43 made by Kumar that you can see pictures of in thisthread (http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2237) . What a great knife! It's had not to fondle it ALL the time!

January 12, 2003, 09:44 AM
Uncle Bills is a really nice guy

the tools are amazing, My BAS is used for many tasks

i did not know Jim March was behind the Katana
i guess i should spend more time on the HI forum (http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?forumid=739)

Kahr carrier
January 12, 2003, 11:24 AM
Got any pics??

Jim March
January 12, 2003, 04:13 PM
The story of how the Katana came about is here:


See, 5160 high-grade spring steel is just a superb steel for swords, possibly the best in the world. Only A2 is a serious rival. The HI bladesmiths are doing 5160. As long as you don't care about a really fancy Hamon (wavy temper-line between the harder and softer areas of the steel) it's a recipe for the most functional sword on the planet when hooked up with a Khuk-style grip :).

Navy joe
January 14, 2003, 02:19 PM
Now I have another problem, a very large blister on my left hand. :D Of course I have one less pesky tree in the back yard. About a 5" diameter junk tree in a fencerow that I am clearing out. Chopped it down with the khuk, cut the trunk into several sections, and then did some tactical de-branching with the katana. Needless to say, the neighbors are concerned. :p

The khuk was about as effective as my Gerber hatchet for sustained chopping. The hachet will sever slightly bigger limbs in a single shot, but then again I've had it for years. It too is razor sharp and with the whole handle skateboard taped I have no problem putting a lot into the swing of it. The khuk grip is different, need new callouses as it seems to contact my palm much differently than other stuff I use. The katana is scary even with my limited experience, it's a cutting beast. I'm still playing with the sharpening of them, both are just a little bit below hair raising sharp now. The chopping did not dull either edge in the least, I'm very impressed by that.

January 14, 2003, 03:05 PM
i have used my khuk for planting tulips, chopping down brush, splitting oak an scraping mastic of a floor. Its a little stained up but still sharp

Jim March
January 14, 2003, 05:28 PM
The real Nepalese Khukuri grip really is a whole 'nuther critter. You "hang it" from your back three fingers, your thumb and forefinger are only very slightly involved.

There's a reason for this: go pick up a heavy bucket of water, and look at how you're holding it - your strength is in your middle through pinkie fingers, not your forefinger - that's your "fine control" finger wired differently from the rest.

Kahr carrier
January 15, 2003, 06:00 AM
Im glad I read this Thread and so is my Credit card company .:neener:

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