M43 after CAK: Help decide on multi functional knife

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Amko, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. davidf99

    davidf99 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    If you find the tightness annoying try removing one or both of the small blades, the chakma and karda. That provides more "give" on the inner side of the sheath and often is all you need to get a more relaxed fit for the main blade.
     
  2. George Azar

    George Azar Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    Glad the M43 arrived and you enjoying it. They are awesome blades.
     
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  3. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Great video and pix,
    thank you
     
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  4. Red Eagle Trapping

    Red Eagle Trapping

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    Thanks george for the shamless plugs. Lol.

    I have more vids but my sony video camera lost a bunch of footage and i have been trying to find it on my mac.

    Plus i have been avoidibg the temptarion of the dod's. Lol.
     
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  5. George Azar

    George Azar Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    Red Eagle anything to help! They are great videos. Thanks for posting them for us to enjoy!
     
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  6. Amko

    Amko

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    Jun 15, 2017
    No David I guess the blade/sheath fit is just right on the Kumar M43. It's my Purna CAK that has a (very) slightly loose sheath.
    Edit: I stuck a felt pad (floor protector, rubber) in the throat of the sheath, perfect fit!
     
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  7. Amko

    Amko

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    Jun 15, 2017
    Bawanna: have the lightweight M43s come in (Auntie Yangdu mentioned November) and are you still looking at a lightweight 18"? Just checking...

    As Bookie famously puts it:
    If you can have ONLY 1 khukuri, it should be an M43! Light weight M43s are only wannabes! Anything else is blasphemy.

    At 31 Oz my M43 is no lightweight but mine already feels like an extension of the hand. You have to believe me when I say it's beautifully balanced.
     
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  8. Bawanna

    Bawanna Moderator Moderator

    Dec 19, 2012
    I have not heard or seen the lightweight M43's yet. I'm still hoping to have one when they arrive.
    Seems Yangdu would have posted some if they were here. I believe they are over due.
     
  9. Amko

    Amko

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    Jun 15, 2017
    Thanks. My thoughts exactly.
     
  10. George Azar

    George Azar Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    I have 2 Kumar M43’s, just tipping 27oz! I love them!
     
  11. Amko

    Amko

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    Jun 15, 2017
    Can't have too many HIs :)
     
  12. Amko

    Amko

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    Jun 15, 2017
    On one side of the M43 horn handle there are fine scratches. Do I just live with them as "battle scars" or can they be minimized in any way? They look like cat scratches to me. Friend had a cat at his home in Canada prior to knife shipping to me in India.
     
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  13. Amko

    Amko

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    Jun 15, 2017
    Cat scratches on one side of M43 horn handle buffed out gently with fine steel wool!

    Question: M43 for food preparation. Will the M43 blade penetrate bone? Edge is not quite shaving sharp, but edge geometry is slice-y!
     
  14. Bawanna

    Bawanna Moderator Moderator

    Dec 19, 2012
    Personally I'd avoid cutting or chopping bone with it. It may do it but it's really not designed for it and bone can be very hard. Might damage the edge.
     
  15. Amko

    Amko

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    Jun 15, 2017
    Thanks Bawanna. Himalayan Imports "Khukuri and Deer" on YouTube by Red Eagle Trapping



    Shows a Gopte (I think) making short work of bone, which is when I thought I should scope the M43's abilities concerning food prep...
     
  16. George Azar

    George Azar Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    Amko, in another video that he did on the gopte he showed the ding in his edge where he chopped the bone. It created a tiny roll.
     
  17. stwm

    stwm

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    May 6, 2016
    I love the balance on my M43
     
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  18. Amko

    Amko

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    Jun 15, 2017
    Bone - As Bone can be as hard as rock in many cases, H.I. khukuri are not warranted for chopping thru bone.
    If you must dress an animal, it is best to use the right tool (such as a hatchet or saw) or to pry the joint apart.
    Despite the name Bonecutter, it is not warranted for chopping thru bone.
     
  19. davidf99

    davidf99 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    You can break the bone by reversing the khukuri and hitting with the spine. Most models have a v-profile spine, so this should work quite well.

    Doesn't give you a clean cut, but it will turn one bone into two pieces. You still have to cut around the bone to separate the meat.
     
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  20. Amko

    Amko

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    Jun 15, 2017
    Thanks David. Just checked the M43 spine and it does have a v-profile spine.

     
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