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The Guru Confesses: I am a Blade Junkie.

TODAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I AM MAKING AN INTIMATE PERSONAL CONFESSION. I AM “COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET” & FACING A LIFE-LONG ADDICTION FOR THE FIRST TIME PUBLICLY. SO HERE GOES….”I AM A BLADE-JUNKIE & REALLY GET EXCITED LOOKING AT “HAND-MADE KNIFE PORN !!!” WHEW, GLAD TO GET THAT SKELETON OUT-OF-THE-CLOSET. NOW ON TO THE REAL INTENT OF MY ARTICLE…….DUH !!!!!!

I HAVE NEVER MET A SHOOTER, WHO WAS NOT ALMOST AS CRAZY ABOUT BLADES, AS THEY WERE CONCERNING THINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHOOTING SPORTS. FIREARMS & KNIVES (HATCHETS, TOMAHAWKS, MACHETES, SPEARS, SWORDS & KHUKURI) JUST SEEM TO BE A NATURAL FIT. LET ME EXPLAIN THE LONG & COLORFUL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THINGS THAT SCREAM “BANG” AND THOSE IMPLEMENTS THAT WILL “CUT, POKE, STICK, STAB, CHOP, SLICE, DICE, LOP-OFF, AMPUTATE, DECAPITATE, CLEAVE, OR SPLIT” A WIDE VARIETY OF LIVING / DEAD ORGANIC MATTER.

BLADES NEVER RUN OUT OF AMMO, FAIL TO HOLD IMPACT ZERO, HAVE AN EASY LEARNING CURVE, ARE ALWAYS DEPENDABLE, & MIGHT EVEN SAVE YOUR LIFE, IF IT IS THREATENED. THEY ARE A MOST EXCELLENT “SILENT PARTNER” TO HAVE ON YOUR PERSON, STASHED IN YOUR VEHICLE, YOUR BOAT, TACKLE-BOX, IN A BACK-PACK, OR INSIDE YOUR PRIVATE AIRPLANE. FOLDERS OR FIXED-BLADES, THE FINAL CHOICE IS YOURS TO MAKE.

“SO, GURU, WHAT BRAND OF KNIVES CAN YOU RECOMMEND, I CONSIDER PURCHASING ????”. SO GLAD YOU ASKED ME THAT QUESTION. SO HERE GOES & IF I DO NOT MENTION THE NAME OF YOUR PERSONAL FAVORITE, SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP & WRITE YOUR OWN ARTICLE !!!!!!!!………………

COLD STEEL: THEY ARE MY #1 RECOMMENDATION & FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS………………..

  • I HAVE OWNED, USED, & SHARPENED MANY OF THEIR BLADES & THEY HAVE NEVER DISAPPOINTED, SINCE 1980 !!!!
  • THEIR PERFORMANCE, DURABILITY, STRENGTH, QUALITY, POINT STRENGTH, & EDGE RETENTION HAVE BEEN CLEARLY PROVEN. I ADVISE YOU TO WATCH ONE OF THEIR FAMOUS “PERFORMANCE TESTING VIDEOS” & DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. THEY BACK-UP THEIR CLAIMS WITH FACTS AND NOT EMOTIONAL HYPE. IN FACT, NOT ANOTHER SINGLE KNIFE COMPANY HAS TESTED, FILMED, & RELEASED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING, THEIR OWN BRAND OF BLADES BEING SUBJECTED TO THE SAME TESTING PROCEDURES THAT COLD-STEEL UTILIZES……NOT ONE !!!

IN DECADES PAST, MR. LYNN THOMPSON (FOUNDER & CEO) WAS CHASTISED & SHUNNED BY ALL THE “OTHER” KNIFE MANUFACTURERS, REGARDING THE CLAIMS HE WAS MAKING.  HOWEVER, THESE DAYS, PURCHASERS ARE A LOT MORE IN-TUNE, HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA IN GENERAL. THEY LEARNED TO IGNORE THE NAY-SAYERS & LISTEN TO FACTS. “COLD STEEL” IS NO LONGER THE “RED-HEADED STEP-CHILD” OF THE KNIFE WORLD, BUT ARE AT THE TOP OF THE HEAP, REGARDING FACTORY PRODUCTION BLADES.

HAND-FORGED BLADES:  THESE CAN BE EITHER ARTISTIC OR HIGHLY PRACTICAL IN THEIR DESIGN. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY ARE ALSO VERY $$$$$, REQUIRE LONG WAITING TIMES & END-UP BEING WHAT IS REFERRED TO AS A “SAFE-QUEEN” !!!!!!! HOWEVER I HAVE A SOLUTION TO THIS DILEMMA, SO PLEASE JUST HEAR ME OUT…….I AM SPEAKING OF THE HAMMER-FORGED BLADES COMING OUT OF THE COUNTRY OF NEPAL. 

BLADE-SMITH’S (“KAMIS”—PRONOUNCED KAH-MEEE) HAVE BEEN PLYING THEIR TRADE, FOR AT LEAST 5 CENTURIES, & PRODUCE SOME OF THE WORLD’S STRONGEST & MOST DURABLE BLADES EVER MADE BY HUMAN HANDS. I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO GO TO YOU-TUBE & TYPE IN THE SEARCH BOX “FORGING KHUKURI” AND WATCH THEIR EFFORTS TO EEK OUT A VERY MODEST EXISTENCE, TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES & NEEDS OF THEIR FAMILIES. KEEP IN MIND, THESE ARE THE VERY SAME & FAMOUS BLADES “GURKHA’S” HAVE USED, SINCE JOINING FORCES WITH THE BRITISH MILITARY, IN THE EARLY 1800’S. GURKHA’S STRUCK GENUINE FEAR INTO BOTH THE GERMANS IN WW-1 & THE GERMANS AND JAPANESE, IN WW-2

THE BLADES PRODUCED  ARE FIRST-CLASS IN EVERY RESPECT. THE ORIGINAL & PREFERRED BRITISH SPELLING (K-H-U-K-U-R-I) IS CORRECT & PRONOUNCED BY THE NEPALI’S “KOO-KOO-REE” (INFLECTION EMPHASIS ON THE LAST SYLLABLE). IF YOU PLAN ON SPENDING A LOT OF TIME AROUND KNIFE-MAKERS, I SUGGEST YOU LEARN THE CORRECT SPELLING & ENUNCIATION OF THE NAME. IF YOU DO NOT, YOU WILL QUICKLY BE LABELED AS A RANK NOVICE !!!!!!!!

THE BLADES ARE FORGED FROM SALVAGED, CARBON-STEEL AUTOMOBILE REAR LEAF-SPRINGS (“M-B” & “TOYOTA” ARE THE FAVORITES). SHEATHS ARE MADE FROM NATIVE HARDWOODS & COVERED WITH GOAT SKIN. 2 SMALL ACCESSORY BLADES ARE TYPICALLY INCLUDED & FORGED FROM THE SAME SPRING STEEL. THE SHARP BLADE IS CALLED THE “KARDA” & THE DULL BLADE IS CALLED THE “CHAKMAK”. ONE IS USED FOR SMALL CUTTING CHORES (DINING & FOOD PREP) & THE OTHER FOR KEEPING THE CUTTING EDGE SHARP, WHILE “IN THE FIELD” AND TO CREATE SPARKS FROM A “FERRO-FIRE STICK” TO LIGHT YOUR CAMP-FIRE.

  1. FRANK GONZALES @ “KNIVES BY HAND” IN CADDO MILLS, TX. IS A BLACKSMITH AND ONE OF THE MAJOR IMPORTERS OF THESE BLADES. HE MAKES FREQUENT TRIPS TO NEPAL, BOTH AS A DESIGNER AND CONSULTANT (INACTIVE DUTY US ARMY-VET) FOR NEW DESIGNS & QUALITY CONTROL ASSURANCE. HE IS PARTNERED WITH SOME OF THE BEST CRAFTSMEN IN NEPAL AND IF YOU GO TO KNIFESBYHAND.COM, YOU CAN SEE WHAT HE HAS IN-STOCK OR CAN MOST CERTAINLY ORDER ONE FOR YOU. FRANK ALSO OFFERS BLADE SHAPES OTHER THAN THEIR FAMOUS KHUKURI.

IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A PURCHASE, CONTACT FRANK & HE WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PURCHASING, ORDERING, SHIPPING, & RECEIVING PROCESS. WHEN YOU CONTACT HIM, PLEASE MENTION “THE GURU” & PROMISE HE WILL TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF YOU !!! I ALSO NEED TO MENTION, THERE ARE A LOT OF “FAKE KHUKURI” ON THE MARKET, WHICH MAY LOOK IMPRESSIVE, BUT ARE PIECES OF FLIMSY JUNK. IF YOU ARE EVER IN DOUBT, SEND CLEAR PHOTOS TO EITHER FRANK OR MYSELF AND WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH A THUMBS-UP / THUMBS-DOWN, BEFORE YOU MAKE THE PURCHASE.

PICTURED BELOW ARE MODERN MANUFACTURED BLADES, FROM MY PERSONAL COLLECTION. AS ONE CAN CLEARLY SEE, THE KHUKURI DESIGN IS MY “PERSONAL DRUG OF CHOICE”——-DUH !!!! MODELS PICTURED ARE:

“PANAWAL DOTTED”—-10″ X .406″ (NOTE: SPRAY PAINTED THE BLADE TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM PROTECTION FROM RUST). THE DOTTED MODELS FEATURE FULL-LENGTH TANGS & SECURED WITH HEAVY STEEL BOLTS.

“MINI-JUNGLE”—-8″ X .283″ (MEDIUM LENGTH BLADE & < WEIGHT TO CARRY, BUT IT’S PERFORMANCE IS MOST ASSUREDLY NOT “MINI” IN THE LEAST !!!)

“BILTONG”—-5″ X .232″ (SHORTEST LENGTH BLADE. LIGHTWEIGHT, CARRIES EASILY INSIDE YOUR POCKET, BUT STILL IS A CUTTING BEAST !!!!)

UNCLE GURU’S FINAL WARNING:  THESE ARE NOT PLAY-TOYS FOR CHILDREN OR “FOOL-HARDY” ADULTS !!!!!! THEY ARE MOST ASSUREDLY ARE NOT THE “EL-BASURA TOURISTA JUNK” YOU WOULD PURCHASE @ THE AIRPORT IN KATHMANDU !!!! THESE ARE HARD-WORKING BLADES THAT WILL OUT-CUT, STAB, SHRED, CLEAVE, SPLIT, OR SEVER BETTER THAN ANY OTHER KNOWN BLADE ON PLANET EARTH. NO OTHER BLADE CAN MAKE THAT CLAIM, EXCEPT A CARBON-STEEL, HAND-FORGED NEPALI KHUKURI !!!!!!!

  1. ROB BEHR (CH. EDITOR), IS ALSO A HUGE FAN OF NEPALI-MADE KHUKURI. THINK I AM JOKING WITH YOU ???? SEND A LETTER “TO THE EDITOR” AND ASK HIM YOURSELF——-OOORAH, SEMPER FIDELIS, & NAMASTE YA’LL !!!!!!!!!

GURU