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Manakamana review

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by gtk4158a, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. gtk4158a

    gtk4158a Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 17, 2014
    thumbnail_20190622_110858 (1).jpg thumbnail_20190622_110747.jpg thumbnail_20190622_110858 (1).jpg thumbnail_20190622_110747.jpg The term "Manakamana " refers to the "Manakamana temple" situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal. It is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhaqwati". It has a history of having animal sacrifices preformed at it. The sacrifice of Goats still goes on after a ban of the sacrifice of poultry. There is a rather interesting article in Wikipedia on this. The Kukri called "Manakamana " can be inferred to be a "Sacrificial" blade style. Now, to the review. I have 5 Kukris i have ordered from H.I. I use a couple for camping,yard work and the rest are simply for my collection of all things steel, word or horn and sharp. A few months ago I saw a Manakamana Auntie had for sale. It was sold Very quickly! They are very unusual in that they are a Full tang and glued AND pinned. This is strongest design to retain the grip to the Knife tang. I was vexed !! I emailed Mrs Yandou and asked if i could place a "commission" for one because you simply dont see many for sale and when you do they are usually snapped up Fast!
    I explained in my email that i would like to have Kumar make it. ALL the kami's working for H.I. are VERY good. If you never have seen one of their blades in person no photo will do justice to that. I asked if Kumar could make it and that I wanted his VERY best work. Her reply was basically "No Problem, just send a deposit and be patient" The deposit was sent and lets fast forward 2 months and here are the results. The Kukri weight 1 pound 13 ounces. On a scale of 1 to 10. Fit and finish 9, Sheath and accessories 10 , Handling 9. wood handle and staining 10. The overall impression 10. The pictures do not do it justice. I will do some serious chopping to test the heat treating but forgive me if i want to just enjoy it unblemished for a bit. Kumar and his team that made the sheath and accessories have just raised the Bar to a new level. If you have a project in mind talk to auntie and tell her what your dream is. Dont be surprised if she gives you what you want and wildly beats your expectations.
     

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  2. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Great history and post, thank you for sharing
     
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  3. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Good for you @gtk4158a - your patience and determination has resulted in a better than most Khukuri.
    I must admit mine is a favorite - courtesy of @Steely_Gunz :cool:

    Auntie & HI delivers, that's for certain :thumbsup:

    Ray

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  4. gtk4158a

    gtk4158a Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 17, 2014
    I wish you could see how superb a job Kumar and his team did. Pictures dont do it justice.
     
  5. gtk4158a

    gtk4158a Basic Member Basic Member

    83
    Aug 17, 2014
    Btw Ray, I find myself really liking yours ! I have to say that The manakamana style Kukri's are my Favorite and thats saying something because i like my BAS and my 18 inch Kumar Kobra a Lot
     
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  6. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    @gtk4158a , Use yours a bit and then yours and mine will be the perfect dirty brothers :)
    These are meant to work.:thumbsup:

    Ray
     
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