Just curious if anyone has seen first hand of read about cracks forming in the cho and causing problems? I have bought over 100 HI khuks since the early 1990's and almost all of them have very slight cracks in the base of the cho on one side or both and were there when the blades were made. I have used some of mine heavily and these cracks never grew that I know of or caused a blade failure. Just wondering if this has been discussed at all? I have been out of the khukuri market for a long time and have not kept up! By the way what happened to Bura, Sanu, Kesar, Sher etc? They were the first to make their blades IIRC. Also what happened to Vim? He make the last khukuri I bought back in 2007 I think. I don't recognize any of the current Kamis. Who is the current top maker these days? Thanks for all the info!