What was your first Himalayan imports purchase?

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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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ndoghouse

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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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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.
 

jfox95307

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

davidf99

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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.

UltimateFighter18-Rajkumar31-01cr-Satisaal.jpg

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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Bawanna

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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.
 
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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.
 

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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.

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

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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.
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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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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