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Kukuri failure.... It broke...

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Dontkillbill, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Dontkillbill

    Dontkillbill Well-Known Member

    I think I need to get the replacement out and cutting/ chopping.
  2. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Well-Known Member

    Yep, what John said:) Post a thread over in the HI Cantina and show us a pic. Lots of experts over there, and couple quick pics of the markings at the bolster, if there are any, can tell us a lot about who made it and when.
  3. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    OK, so where is this "HI Cantina" or Himalayan Imports forum? All I can find here on THR is this Non-Firearm Weapons forum. Start a thread here? Or is there some special place for kukris? I'm betting money this is an Indian knockoff, the quality is pretty lame, regardless of the size and sharpness.
  4. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member


    HI imports knives from Nepal.

    Started by a heck of a guy, now administrated by his wife.

    Good folks all around.

    edit:...and it looks like HI is closed as of two hours ago, per Auntie.

  5. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Well-Known Member

    HI is not closed. Yangdu just keeps a tight leash on the kamis who make the khuks. It's very much like herding cats at times. Uncle Bill would have been the first one to tell you that;) However, HI will be back open as soon as Yangdu gets to the bottom of any QC issues and breaks the proverbial boot off in the proverbial behind. The long and the short of it, HI simply will not put out a sub par product, and Yangdu won't let the kamis work unless they hold up their end of the deal and produce quality khuks.

    Don't worry. She'll have the shop back open ASAP.

    aka Steely
  6. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member


    The HI forum at Bladeforums is now only visible to members.

  7. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Well-Known Member

    It's been like that for ahwile, John. Due to a wannabe hacker that Karda had to bounce, it was switched to members only view to keep him from making any more trouble. One bad apple spoiling the bunch and such.
  8. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Oh, I was explaining that for folks who cruised through BladeForums and didn't see it.

    I experienced the same thing a few weeks ago...
  9. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    I noticed an increasing number of complaints on Bladeforums about HI khukuri's. HI cannot justify the high premium they charge, over ebay specimens, unless their khukuri’s are that much better.

    From a video I saw, made by the owners of Khukuri House, they go over to a location where khukuri's are made. The Khukuri House owners get to look at and pick which khukuri’s they want and negotiate the price with the knife makers. I suspect HI does not have a decent onsite “QA” inspector and the knife makers got used to cutting corners.
  10. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Actually, HI has several shops that make knives just for them. I suspect you don't know enough about the company.
  11. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    So, which shops are making the bad knives and why?
  12. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    The villagers are pick and choose though aren't they?

    I wonder who does the selection?
  13. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    No, villagers are typically just not as highly polished.
  14. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Well-Known Member

    I'm not going to get into a great depth of cross-forum discussion as that is bad form. John is a friend of mine whom I greatly respect, and the last thing I want to do is tramp muddy boots across his forum floors.

    That said, there is a ridiculous amount of speculation in this post. There are a couple of issues going on here that Yangdu is hard at work fixing.

    1.) From a health standpoint, her father who owns the business, is not a spring chicken. You really have to stay on top of the kamis in order to make sure they deliver what they promise. It's just the way that particular caste operates in their culture.

    2.) The Maoists have been cracking down hard on more capitalist companies. HI is well known and not very well liked by them. The only way to get them to look the other way is to pay them off. There has also been a huge shortage of natural resources as of late. Coal is hard to come by and is rationed strictly. No coal. No fire. No fire, no good steel, etc etc etc.

    3.) HI does not charge a "premium" inasmuch as a overly expensive amount "just because" that is socked away in Pala or Yangdu's bank account. HI is very much about doing good work and offering a real life for the poorest of the poor in Nepal. Pretty much all of the money goes to feeding the kamis, paying their medical bills, and keeping them constantly busy so that they can support their families. Yangdu's luxurious digs consist of a double wide in the Nevada desert;)

    The poor QC is being addressed, and unlike most companies who would sell the product and just deal with the complaints if there were any, Yangdu is being very proactive in making sure that the best khuks are coming out of the shops.

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