It's been well over a month since I received my first HI khukri. I was planning on comparing the HI CAK with a khukri of another company, but that khukri seems to have run away from me. Fortunately, since I've received my CAK I haven't felt the loss of the other one. My HI khukri can cut through trees over 1 in thick in one swipe straight out of the package. Bhakkta Kami did a great job and I'm very happy with my new CAK. The balance feels perfect and the edge doesn't "remember" the bushes and small trees I've cut down with it. I can't wait to order my second one - these really are addictive knives.