Don't forget to reclassify the Hanuman. It's currently classified under the Ang Khola family as seen here (http://yhst-7333098713883.stores.yahoo.net/angkhola.html). As I understand it now, it's not for field use.
The YCS in yesterday's post made me think that they should probably be on the warranted for "Field Use" list.
Also, wasn't this list a sticky?
I see that Sirupatis are rightfully on the "general use" and not the "field use" list.
However, what about Tameshigiri mats? I want to test a 20 and 25 inch Siru on some someday. Would that be reasonable use under "general use" category?
Has anyone actually returned a blade? What were the results?
Welcome to the forum
Sorry I didn't respond to you sooner, I sometimes forget to look up at the stickies
HI has been going strong for close to 20 years. A brief search of BFC archives as well as poking around BFC's Feedback section in the "Hall of Fame" will show that Yangdu is 100% on the up and up. The original warranty was written when a handshake was good as a 9 page legally binding contract. Sadly, when some faceless cretins discovered the loophole, they exploited it to their gain and HI's loss. As such, in order for HI to survive, they had to modify their warranty to reflect the lowest common denominator.
As for returning a blade, I have only had to return one in 11 years. It was small belt knife and the tip was just a tad brittle and snapped under light pressure. Yangdu sent me a new one right out. Most of the time, Yangdu tends to error on the side of good faith and in the customer's favor. The warranty, however, must be worded as such (remember the lowest common denominators out there) to protect herself and the company.
I don't think you'll be disappointed in both the quality of the blade as well as the incredible service.
One thing, you mention that you are having something shipped "half way around the world", but your location is listed as Texas. Are you in Texas or living somewhere else? The reason I ask is that HI knives are shipped from Nepal to Yangdu here stateside. She's in Reno, NV. You'd get your knives pretty dang quick.