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Hollowdweller
2007-08-13, 15:44
Posting this cause the Good Sgt. and I were discussing it. My friend Dan Koster made it for my 15" Baby Ganga Ram Special

SGT Rock
2007-08-13, 15:50
Thanks Hollowdweller. After using that Khukuri for trail maintenance this weekend I love that tool. I need to get me one and a kydex sheath for it as well.

Take-a-knee
2007-08-13, 20:45
HD, I have a Cold Steel Khukri (the light one). Do you know anyone that would make a kydex sheath for it?

dropkick
2007-08-14, 02:05
Take-a-knee,
Haven't worked with kydex myself, but people who have, have say that it isn't difficult to work with. Maybe you could make your own.

NorthCoast Knives kydex sheath tutorial (www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_tutorials_kydexsheath.htm)
kydex from NorthCoast Knives (http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_Supplies3.htm)

Texas Knifemaker's Supply kydex tutorial (http://www.texasknife.com/TKS_Mainframe.htm?TKS_Projects2-kydex.htm~main)
Texas Knifemaker's Supply products (http://www.texasknife.com/store/s-pages/TKS_MainframeStore.htm?TKS_SheathSharpeningEq1.htm ~smain)

another sheath making method (http://www.chiro75knives.com/tutorials/plasticsheath/plasticsheathtutorial.html)

More kydex choices:
Knifekits.com (http://www.knifekits.com/store/s-pages/kk_store_1mainframe.htm?kk_products_sheath_main.ht m~smain)

People posting about the different methods and giving advice:
bladeforums.com (http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=438215)

Hollowdweller
2007-08-14, 11:22
My buddy Dan Koster did mine www.kosterknives.com


Here's some of my khuks the one Sgt has is 4th from the left:
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/khuks.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/number1.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/number2.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/loghalf.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/circle.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/tc4.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/ff1a.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/ff4.jpg

Hollowdweller
2007-08-14, 11:23
This is just a little 15, 20 oz I think but it does pretty well

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/bigtree.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/bigtreecut.jpg

Hollowdweller
2007-08-14, 11:26
Here's a Valiant Golok. Not as good as a khuk for chopping but not bad
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/goloktreedist.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/golokbigcut.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/inhand.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/golokhand.jpg

Hollowdweller
2007-08-14, 11:28
This one is 2 lbs and 1/2" thick at the spine. Heavy work mostly
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/kt1.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/kt2.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/kt3.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/kt4.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/kt5.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c19/hollowdweller/kt6.jpg

SGT Rock
2007-08-14, 11:44
Fine example of some amazing choping ability. I wouldn't have belived how well this thing works if I hadn't tried one myself.

Hollowdweller
2007-08-14, 13:18
Fine example of some amazing choping ability. I wouldn't have belived how well this thing works if I hadn't tried one myself.

There's definately a technique that you obviously must have caught on to.

I come in at an angle always. I usually start from the top down and make my notch then reach over and cut out the other side and under. One of the cool things about a khuk is you can sort of cut under a log due to the shape if you lean over. Then if possible I usually change sides and cut out the other side leaving a small amount right in the middle.

On smaller branches you can't get in one cut a lot of times I'll strike it at 45 degrees or so and then change sides and do the same to where the 2 cuts meet and that severs it.

Take-a-knee
2007-08-14, 15:00
HD, what is the origin of that Golok thing? I saw a survival video done by a retired SAS guy that had something like that called a Parang, if I remember correctly. I'm guessing it is a compromise between a Khukri's chopping ability and the utility of a large knife.

Hollowdweller
2007-08-14, 15:47
Right. I think the Phillipines. I got this one off of my friend High Desert Walker who is the US Dealer for Valiant blades.

maverick
2007-08-15, 12:00
great pictures!!

how does the edge hold?

Hollowdweller
2007-08-15, 12:33
Holds good on most but they are handmade so it varies.

Hey Sarge. The handle may be a little short for you but there is a good deal on a 15" Baby Ganga Ram here

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492079

There is also a good deal on a larger M43 here. The M43 is full tang which tends to transmit more shock to the hands than the hidden tang like you have but still a great chopper

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=491852

SGT Rock
2007-08-15, 14:29
I like the looks of that Ganga Ram, do you think that would do me as well as that Ganga Ram you loaned me?

Hollowdweller
2007-08-15, 15:43
I like the looks of that Ganga Ram, do you think that would do me as well as that Ganga Ram you loaned me?

No the one I loaned you is 17" and 23 oz so it has more chopping power. The M43 would be close though depending on the edge profile.

SGT Rock
2007-08-15, 16:46
No the one I loaned you is 17" and 23 oz so it has more chopping power. The M43 would be close though depending on the edge profile.
I thought that one would be less likely since it is a 13" blade and the Ganga ram has a 15" blade so it would be closer. Am I missing something? Is it the blade weight that you think is what will matter more?

Hollowdweller
2007-08-15, 16:49
I missed that. Not sure usually the heavier the better chopper but the overall shape plays a part too.

Thudley
2007-08-15, 22:06
I have the 2 lb "Farmer" Kukhri that I brought back from Thailand. It has served me very well over the years in clearing trail and chopping off those nasty eye-pokers that bristle from every tree in my locale.

I've never used it for heavy duty chopping as shown on this thread (I prefer a chain saw for the big stuff), but I've got to say...that's mighty impressive!

The genuine Kuks keep their edge for a considerable time, and you can renew the edge with a small belt sander and a hone. I've also had to re-blue mine several times.

I did some major mods to the handle, since the decorative nature of the original cut into my palms. Mainly, just cutting off the center "ring" and easing the slopes at the heel of the handle.