Catastrophic blade failure

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by ferguson, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    Spiral, I'd like to use this as a sig line. :D It's a hopeful thought.

    One bad khukuri, or one bad batch, is just a bump in the road. No big deal.

    I did NOT torture-test this to the breaking point, to reiterate for some. It never went in a vise. Just the sidewise whack and less than 2 minutes of chopping on a pine tree and it started coming apart. With my 20" AK, the tree would have been coming apart. :thumbup: These just weren't designed great, and are a lot tougher-looking than they actually are.

    The only important thing is that Steve isn't too badly hurt, and can resume those husbandly duties. :p

  2. Yvsa


    May 18, 1999
    Norm if I were you and wanted to save the whole rig I'd send it to Dan K and let him rework the handle.
    It can be taken off and re-brazed and then reinstalled with the Accuglass that Dan likes or with JB Weld either one.
    The MM is a very unique kukri and good modern ones are going to be very rare. I think yours would be well worth saving since the handle isn't that loose.

    Steve's would've broke at some point down the line anyway and the others with the super loose handles have a very good chance of breaking although the handles could be removed and the blade and tang intersection checked out thoroughly and if found sound the handles could also be repaired and reinstalled.
    Just depends on how bad a man wants to keep one.;) :D
  3. M. Taylor

    M. Taylor

    Dec 4, 2005
    Steve, glad you weren't seriously hurt.
  4. Svashtar

    Svashtar Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2003

    Yvsa, I got it apart tonight and cleaned up the tang. I'm starting a new thread with pics in a few minutes, and would welcome your input on the best way to proceed. I think I can salvage this, as the blade and tang are a nice peice of steel. Hell, it's all steel, blade, bolster and both guards.

    Thanks very much,

  5. Sylvrfalcn


    Jun 4, 2002
    Dadgum, just got back from a camping trip and saw this :(
    Steve, I hope you're doing okay, and already started healing. I know that it was a freak mishap, and that the damage to your hand is plenty bad enough. But, I shudder to think what could have happened, and I thank God that things didn't turn out any worse. You take it easy and get yourself well. I'll be praying for you hoss.

  6. johngalt


    Feb 27, 2006
    Steve, I'm glad you were not hurt worse than what happened. Catastrophic blade failure can result in serious, if not fatal, injury. I'm glad it did'nt get you in the face or the family hierlooms....
    Anyhow, a weapon/tool is never reconized as being very important until it fails, or saves your life. 1/100 or 1/1000 failure to me is still not acceptable. The ABS sets standards for a blade to pass the journeymans test and the mastersmith test. The bending to 45 Degree's without failure, cutting and other tests.
    A show knife is one thing, a work, survival or weapon is something completely else.
    In closing, I wish you a quick recovery and continued enjoyment of your Kuk's
  7. spiraltwista


    Nov 29, 2002

    :thumbup: :D :D

  8. tsf


    Jun 13, 2004
    Glad the damage wasn't worse Steve. Prayers from Texas and get well soon.
  9. Karl5


    May 5, 2006
    Sorry to hear that Steve!
    Get well soon!

    / Karl
  10. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Thank you for correcting me Steve. You are right, and it was well said, and welcome. The physical maker must bear ultimate responsibility. I misworded or misthought. I really respect how you've handled this whole thing bud...:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
  11. tinmaddog


    Apr 28, 2005
    Steve, so glad you're going to be ok.
  12. Eric006


    Apr 5, 2006

    Just wanted to send prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  13. cavetech


    Nov 25, 2005
    I just heard about your injury on another board.

    Man, you had a close call. Get well soon, Steve
  14. ferguson


    Feb 21, 2001
    Again friends, thanks for the smoke & good thoughts. Just got back from the doctor. Thumb won't straighten out, so I have to see a hand specialist. There's probably some surgery in my future. That sucks, but it could have been so much worse. Pic below. Don't look if you're sqeamish.


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  15. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Ouch, Steve:(

    Man, i leave for just a couple of days and people start nearly losing limbs;) Seriously, mucho smoke and prayers going up from my household. Also, I know Steve is a much smarter man than I will ever be, but a word to the wise....DO WHATEVER THAT DOCTOR TELLS YOU TO DO....THIS INCLUDES NOT DOING WHAT HE TELLS YOU NOT TO DO. I am living proof. Damaged my pinky tendon, had work done on it, didn't listen and now it won't go straight. I could probably get some more movement out of it with months and months of physical therapy or maybe 15 degrees of movement from another $5000 surgery. These are just not in the cards.

    Smoke up, Steve. Thank God it was just a gash to your thumb area.

  16. sweet


    Nov 11, 1999
    Hey Steve, nice love bite you got there! Thanks for posting up what happened and for the photos:thumbup: Since my meds dumb me down pretty good and I have that small collection of steel that needs be kept clean, I can no longer trust myself when laying down the wax or oil while bare handed with some extreme sharps...awhile back I bought a pair of full 100% kevlar gloves from a very cheap option...I dont know how many times I could have been cut but was'nt!

    fast healing!
  17. Svashtar

    Svashtar Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2003
    Geez, after seeing this that's the last time I go wood chopping naked! :eek:

    I hope there will be no surgery involved. Especially bad for someone as handy as you are.

    Near as I can figure the blade must have done almost a 360 to get you like that?

    Hope it heals quick and there is a minimal amount of pain, but I know that's probably not real likely.

  18. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    wow, indeed, nice love bite... pretty neat work on the stitches, though the lower left there looks ragged?

    i'm not an expert, but it's possible that since you traumatized the tendon, it shrunk in shock/reflex... bruised and battered. so, it MIGHT respond later and stretch out. unless something else was cut, you can move it both ways? just not fully straighten it out?

    as for a specialist, 100% ASAP. demand it right away - get a sports perfectionist - the magic words to say are going to be "i do precision work with my hands, play an instrument, ..." something that gives them an impression that you must have complete range of motion/etc.

    then demand proper physical therapy and DO the work - oh yeah (koolaid guy). right as rain soon :)

  19. Kazeryu


    Nov 7, 2005
    Sorry to hear about this - sometimes bad things happen for no real reason.

    Send it back to the kamis and I think they will worry about it more than we can- it's their livelihood and their pride as craftsmen at stake. They will make things right :thumbup:
  20. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Those are some neatly done stitches. Mine looked totaly dumb and when I went to the specialist he was irritated about it. That'll help the scar stay small. My scar hurts during the winter as the specialist said it would. Doh!

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