What was your first Himalayan imports purchase?

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  1. arbiter

    arbiter Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    What blade was your first H.I. purchase, and who made it? My first was a Bhakta made AK bowie. A blade that I respect and enjoy very much. Edit-This was 2010 or 2011.
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  2. ndoghouse

    ndoghouse Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    I dont remember but it was either a 15" AK by Rajkumar or a 17" Chitlangi by Tirtha. I gifted the AK to my son-in-law. At that time KLO came to have new meaning. Thats Khukri Like Object for newbies. HIKV kicks in shortly thereafter.
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  3. Bawanna

    Bawanna Moderator Moderator

    Dec 19, 2012
    I wish I could remember, I know I was introduced to HI after a former member sent me an Amtrak kami AK. Never looked at Khuk's before and never looked anywhere else but HI. Guess I was lucky and got it right the first time.
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  4. George Azar

    George Azar Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    That’s easy, a 16.5” CAK made by Purna!! After that I talked to Ms Yangdu for guidance! Of course she didn’t steer me wrong!
    Edit: Satisal wood handle!
  5. jfox95307


    Jan 30, 2008
    15" Chiruwa Tin Chirra by Vim Bhadur Kami. Satisal wood. 2008
    I was just looking at it this morning. I don't carry it much anymore, but it has logged many miles.
    Still sharp even though it has some chipping from impacts with concrete. I would trust it to cut my way through a truck.
  6. Kiteman72

    Kiteman72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    A Ram Kumar Ring Knife with walnut handle! Freakin' love that thing!
  7. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I totally remember mine!
    15.5" Kumar made villager model. Cost $75 in 2002, and Uncle Bill didn't know me from Adam so it was COD. I had never had anything delivered COD, so I vividly remember writing a check and getting a receipt from the postman. I still have that khuk somewhere in my trunk.
  8. pmwc78

    pmwc78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Mine was a 17" Gelbu Special made by Bura in '99, took it hiking once and was blown away by the performance. Started the obsession.
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  9. EricTheRedBeard

    EricTheRedBeard Basic Member Basic Member

    May 17, 2018
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  10. davidf99

    davidf99 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    My first was an Ultimate Fighter by Rajkumar, bought in September, 2011. A few years later I traded it for a much smaller, but very nice HI blade. I since acquired two other UFs, by Kumar and Vim Kami. The Vim version is my favorite, and it came with a fantastic sheath made by a forumite. Unfortunately I can't find my photos of the Vim UF. Must have misfiled them on my PC or accidentally deleted them. Oh, well, I can always take more pics. Here is the first one, that I traded away. It's 18" OAL and 31 oz.


    Ahah, I found some pics of my favorite UF, the one by Vim Kami

    UltimateFighter17.5in-Vim36oz-01-Walnut.jpg UltimateFighter17.5in-Vim36oz-03-Walnut.jpg UltimateFighter17.5in-Vim36oz-05-Walnut.jpg

    It's a heavy one, 17.5" OAL and 36 oz, but very well balanced. The handle is a beautifully shaped and polished walnut, and the sheath is great. I think the sheath was made by wildmanh, but not sure.
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  11. cul4u01

    cul4u01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    A 15" Silver Mounted AK with a dragon engraved on both sides, made by Rajkumar.

    Pic 3.jpg Pic 1.jpg pic 2.jpg
  12. Bawanna

    Bawanna Moderator Moderator

    Dec 19, 2012
    I do recall after only being a member for a very short time I won a beautiful Kothimodo Katana in a Silver scabbard. One I will always cherish. I felt guilty at the time winning it, almost didn't even enter as I didn't feel worthy. First thing I ever won in my life.
    Been very fortunate in all things HI.
  13. arbiter

    arbiter Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    Purpose-Posts like these tell a story-in essence, a history of peoples experience with H.I. handmade blades and the journey that follows. Sharing this experience with others of like mind helps to keep the information alive and circulating. I appreciate all the posts up to this point and all that may follow.
  14. George Azar

    George Azar Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    David I also saved your photos from where you purchased it. If there is an additional one I’ll post it.
    Edit: David I have the same 3 photos.
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  15. XelaXela


    Feb 22, 2010
    CAK, 17.5 inch, length. 28 ounces, weight. Surprisingly well balanced for its heft. And just gorgeous.
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  16. Dobe_1


    Jun 19, 2013
    A BAS. It's a nice Kukri.
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  17. cul4u01

    cul4u01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    That was my 3rd HI knife, and that was handpicked by auntie.
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  18. NYCDanMan


    Sep 18, 2011
    My first was a BAS blem. I didn't read the rules and didn't send an email, missing the blem sale of the day. Auntie was incredibly kind, realizing I was a noob, and offered another blem she had around at a ridiculous price. A Bahkta BAS. Loved that blade. 50 blades later and I am still obsessed!
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  19. moparsbob

    moparsbob Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2014
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  20. Mad Mike

    Mad Mike

    Apr 17, 2002
    Mine was a Bura BAS, Uncle Bill suggested. I got a "few" more after that LOL ;)
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