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HI ASTK (rehandled) and Busse Killa Zilla

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Jroden5446, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Jroden5446


    Dec 20, 2009
    Hey everyone, snapped a few pics today of my new ASTK and Busse Zilla, wanted to do a little comparison between the two and do a unscientific review...


    They are roughly the same length and both have custom fitted handle slabs :Dthe ASTK weighs in at about 29 oz, while the Zilla is around 36-38 oz ( kitchen scale doesn't go that high)

    The Zilla maintains the same thickness through the tang while the ASTK tapers quite a bit, and is a bit thicker at the spine than the Zilla


    Here's a shot of them stacked, you can see where the Zilla makes up it's extra weight


    Here's roughly where the ASTK sweet spot is, ( it extends a little in front of that spot as well) this is just the area where it goes in deepest with the least effort


    Here's the Zilla. The Zilla seems to have a larger sweet spot, maybe because it a bit straighter in that area, or just more weight due to increased blade height


    Balance points



    Chopping some palm fronds

    The ASTK on the first chop didnt go all the way through, this was the thickest part that I chopped though, I will have to try the Zilla on a similar piece tomorrow


    Zilla, one chop


    The ASTK, a little further down


    Now, I shot of quick video of these two fine blades chopping, but I'm having issues changing formats, so I'll have to edit it and get it uploaded tomorrow :mad:

    And here's a couple neat pics,( at least I thought so)

    And dual wielding? Meh, I need an extra arm for Tri-wielding :p

  2. bladeright


    Sep 5, 2011
    nice review and nice steel!!
  3. Maddogg774


    Sep 19, 2011
    Drool worthy!:thumbup:
  4. Garatime


    Sep 3, 2011
    Great collection.
  5. Qeth


    Dec 13, 2010
    That rehandle job is superb!
  6. arbiter


    Jun 4, 2011
    Great re-handle on the ASTK!
  7. roninsgrips


    Nov 19, 2011
    Very nice handles indeed!
  8. Dirtbiker


    Jul 2, 2010
    @ Jroden

    So the brass is just a dowel? No peening or riveting?
  9. Jroden5446


    Dec 20, 2009
    That is correct, just set with epoxy
  10. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    very pretty zilla :)

    soon you will tire of it, and there i will be :D
  11. Fourgates


    Oct 24, 2011
    Nice write up. The rehandle job is gorgeous. How much would something like that cost? Is that walnut?
  12. dodgeem33

    dodgeem33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    do you miss the secondary "hilt" on the stock HI grip? I find it helps a bit.
  13. Jroden5446


    Dec 20, 2009
    That makes sense.... Damn! Your avatar seems to hypnotize me

    dunno exact price, the epoxy ,pin stock and wood I had around already, maybe 40 bucks or so, it's redwood burl

    I didn't care for it, seemed to bite into my hand, especially at the tang, the metal was a bit sharp

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