First post! I had always wanted a quality khukuri, so I listened to knife people I trusted and kept hearing "Himalayan Imports". I found the retro:thumbup: website and ordered a M43 through the store. Promptly got an email from Yangdu explaining that the M43 would be a few weeks and that she had alternatives if I didn't want to wait. I decided to wait... then I found the forum. A couple of email exchanges later and now I'm waiting a few days for a 15" Sirupati blem (hairline crack in horn handle) and an 18" Hanshee by Purna, and only a few weeks more of waiting for a fresh M43. I've already thought of a handful more that I would like... Honestly, purchasing from HI is easy for me after talking to owners and reading this forum and sensing the strong sense of genuine community behind these blades and the people that love them. Lots of respect for quality craftsmanship here - I can dig that. I also don't get the exclusive vibe from this community that you can get from some other passionate blade communities - I can dig that, too.