Here we come again to the concept that the kukri has top choose you. For instance, Wildmike finds the 18" M43 to outperform a 20" CAK, when I find the opposite true. Or the GRS never did anything for me. There's a kukri out there for everyone, which is why you can only be guided by these threads, but in the end, it ends up being personal. Re: the Ka-Bar/CS KLOs vs HI. . .How many times have we seen guys who swore those KLOs are the best thing since back pockets, and can't see paying the higher price for an HI, and then later making the purchase and exclaiming "NOW I understand what you guys are talking about!"?? Yes, IMO the KLOs outperform regular machetes by a good margin, but the right HI kukri will outperform them by the same, or greater, margin.