Rare HI knives

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Steve Tall, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. crystalEyes


    Sep 28, 2012
    What kind of lock is on the bura folder (or on the proposed bowie folder)? With a folder that large you'd need a strong and secure lock or else its just a safety liability. I know the kamis are talented, but any kind of reliable locking mechanism requires precision machining.

    How does the blade lock up, steve?
  2. cul4u01

    cul4u01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    I would think a straight lockback system should be secure enough. Like the one for a Buck 110 folder. It's been used for decades and should be sufficient.
  3. Gehazi


    Jun 30, 2013
    so we can actually look forward to an attempt at this next year sometime.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2014
  4. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    The Bura Folder was a slipjoint, no lock.

    The lock on the micro bowie folder (just a concept at this point) is one of those aforementioned details that still need to be worked out.
  5. ndoghouse


    Aug 26, 2010
    Thats what I was thinking cul. As long as the tolerances were tight and the spring was properly tempered and mounted it would probably work fine with that blade being so thick. I dont know how the distal taper might work out. You would probably have to mill out the taper to flat at the hinge. I wouldnt want to have to mill the makers mark off though. If you did a liner lock it would have to have a pretty thick liner for that blade but it could work. I can just imagine that handle outlined and checkered inside the outlline:thumbup: This is starting to sound like a project!
  6. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I almost brought my Boomerang AK to the shop for a clean up and touch up today. I have no reason why I thought about it other than it has been my kindling splitting khuk for the last year.

    I need to post a pic of that beauty. I got it for my birthday...man, I dunno, 6 or 7 years ago? I would love to see more of those made again some time.
  7. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002

    (dumb phone double tap)
  8. mtnfalcon


    Feb 24, 2006
    I'm not sure how rare it is, but I've only ever seen two dui chirra with this special guard. First time I saw it was the March 2nd, 2010 DOTD. It was 18", horn, chiruwa, by Tirtha and $225. So beautiful. It spoke to me.

    Asked Auntie to have a 16" version made to fit my smaller hands and KMFR sheath. Due to all the happenings in Nepal, it took over a year, and they were out of antler for the handle, but it was still well worth the wait.
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    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014
  9. hawk3/21


    Aug 6, 2014
    Wow, thats something special. I'd have to hang it on my wall and install a spot light on it.

    QUOTE=Steve Tall;13955868]This is another "make what you want to" knife from Bura:

    The Bura Bowie


    "14 inches and 15 ounces of perfection. Bura does it again. What more can I say except this is an original 10/10 effort by the old master. What a kami!...It's a work of art besides being a hell of a knife...it's about 5/16 thick right out of the bolster with an even steady taper going forward."

    -- Bill Martino, 01-18-02, from http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/186060-The-Bura-Bowie-another-make-what-you-want-Pix-Make-me-an-offer-I-can-t-refuse[/QUOTE]
  10. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    I think the traditional lockback system is the way to go. Liner and frame locks are really frustrating with the typical smith's tools, in my experience. A lockback can be built with files.
  11. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    A few of the knives shown in this thread came about because someone, Probably Uncle Bill or Kami Sherpa had the Kami's build what they wanted. The Durba Dagger is one such knife, and I was lucky enough to snag it. It's sitting on my monitor stand waiting for me to remove the old handle and put a new one on. Will probably use Antler or an exotic wood. I love the blade, but the dowel round handle and square guard don't do it for me.

    Great thread! If people have more pictures of rare blades, please post them. Also, I hope the Kami's get to do more of those "Make/design what you want" opportunities.
  12. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Here's a similar thread that philllll started last year, with 4 more pages of photos:
    Lets see your special HI blades!

    I had forgotten about that thread when I started this one. After seeing an old reference to the Bura Folder, I finally found a surviving photo, which led to the first post on the new thread.
  13. Sayoc01


    Nov 19, 2009
    Just saw this,brings back some old memories of close friends.That folder in your pic I gave to THAT NDN!!I know he loved it....don't think he ever posted....didn't give it to him too post....it was something one friend does for another!
  14. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    That's evidently the only surviving photo of the Bura folder on the whole internet. As for "that NDN" (Yvsa), I'm lucky to have made his acquaintance while he was still here.
  15. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    Hm. The Movie Model and Ultimate Fighter come to mind ... speaking of Yvsa, I've got the first UF; he found it heavy (as do I) and sold it- don't know about fighting but that is a tree-cutter.


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