Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Guns and Gear Review #28: Ruger PC9 carbine

 Hey folks, 12-Gauge Chimp here. Got another G&G Review for y'all today. 

Today I'll be looking at the Ruger PC9 carbine. 

This is my most recent firearms purchase and it's one that's been on my list for awhile. 

Thanks to some selling off of my collection as well as of some other stuff I didn't need anymore, I was able to pick up a brand new PC9 carbine. 

I had originally planned on buying a Glock 19 Gen 4 because a friend had gifted me a couple older G19 mags last year. Well, my quest for a G19 went sideways and I ended up looking at the PC9 instead. Mostly because I already had a G17 and could use the same mags thanks to Ruger including a magazine adapter that allows the PC9 to use the common Glock style magazines. 

Unfortunately, I seemed to have gotten into the PC9 market at the wrong time. It seemed that no one had a PC9 in stock. Gallery of Guns was out of stock, so was Bud's and a few other sites I frequent. I found one on Armslist, but the seller that had it wasn't very good at communicating and seemed to have chosen to ignore me instead of selling me their PC9. Oh well, their loss. 

Feeling like I'd have to wait a longer period than I'd hoped, I decided to check out a local farm supply store that also had a large firearms section one day. As I browsed the damn near empty cases, I asked one of the employees if they had a PC9 carbine in stock. At first, the employee said they had sold the only one they had, but he offered to check the gun room and see if maybe they had another one. 

After a few minutes, the employee comes back and says they have one left in 9mm, which is what I was looking for. I thank God and tell the guy I'll take it. He brings it up to the counter, I check it over to make sure it is indeed a 9mm PC9 (Ruger also makes them in .40 S&W now, by the way) and fill out the required 4473. A couple minutes later, I'm good to go, pay for my shiny new gun and I leave really happy. 

Now that this little backstory on how I got my PC9 is over with, here's the details on this handy little carbine. 

The Ruger PC9 carbine has a 16 inch fluted and threaded barrel and comes with two magazine adapters. One is for the SR9 pattern magazines and the other is for the ubiquitous Glock pattern magazines. A quick swapping of adapters and mine is set up to use Glock mags. I've got a few of those and none of the SR9 mags aside from the one that comes with the PC9 from Ruger. 

The receiver of the PC9 features a built in picatinny rail and a charging handle that's able to be swapped from left or right depending on shooter preference.  The front sight is a simple fixed post that's protected by two ears and the rear sight is a ghost ring style that's adjustable for windage and elevation. The front and rear sights are mounted on the barrel, which is removable from the receiver via a little lever similar to the Ruger 10/22 Takedown. Matter of fact, the PC9 is kind of like a 10/22 on steroids. Aside from the charging handle, the magazine release is swappable from left to right, again all dependent on shooter preference.

I've had some previous experience with the PC9 and that previous experience is what prompted me to purchase my own. Since purchasing my PC9, I've added an AR Stoner A2 style muzzle brake (this necessitated the purchase of a muzzle brake timing shim kit since my A2 brake didn't want to line up properly with just a crush washer.) as well as a Butler Creek sling from Walmart. 

I've got plans to purchase a Midwest Industries freefloat M-Lok handguard (which will make my PC9 look sort of a like a modernized PPsH-41, just in 9mm instead of 7.62x25) for my PC9 as well as their buttstock spacer with a built in QD sling mount. I've also got plans to purchase a few more Glock 17 mags for it as well. I'll probably pick up a few of those 33 round mags I've seen a lot. I might also pick up a red dot optic for it as well. 

Once the weather warms back up, probably next March, I'll take my PC9 out and put it through its paces. But until then, it's mostly dryfire practice and getting it in just the right configuration. 

I guess it's not really fair to call this a review just yet, more of an overview I'd guess you could say. 

Anyway, I like it and I'm glad I was able to pick one up when I could. So if you're in the market for a handy little pistol caliber carbine and want something that's not an AR style, the Ruger PC9 carbine might be just what you're looking for. 

As always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off. 

Guns and Gear Review #27: Where Are They Now ? Part 1

Hey folks, 12-Gauge Chimp here.

I've been wanting to do this post for awhile now and since I've got a bunch of free time, I figured today was the day for me to start. This is the first of a two part special edition of "Guns and Gear Review" I like to call the "Where are they now ?" edition.

Over the past ten years, a few guns have come and gone from my collection and as many knives have as well. Some I sort of regret selling and others I was happy to get rid of because they just flat out sucked.

Let's start with the one that sucked. My Model 1895 Nagant revolver, or as I liked to refer to it as, "Fugly".

"Fugly" was a Model 1895 Nagant made sometime in 1939. It was built early enough to have seen action in the early years WW2 and probably killed its fair share of enemy soldiers (and probably a few Soviet soldiers who got on the bad side of the Soviet political officer who carried it.). This gun would not win any beauty pageants, but then again, it wasn't built to do that. It was built to be a sidearm to the Soviet soldiers and officers of WW2 when there weren't enough Tokarevs to go around. Which happened more than you'd think. Anyway, "Fugly" was a neat little gun that was cursed with a horrendous trigger pull weight. I never checked it myself, but others who owned Nagants have said that the trigger pull was very heavy. And gritty in some cases. I don't know the exact weights, but some folks have said it felt like 50 pounds in double action, but manageable in single action. Manageable being about 5 to 6 pounds.

Another strike against "Fugly" was the expensive ammo it used. 7.62x38R ammo was damn near non-existent in the US at the time I owned "Fugly" and when I was able to find a box or two, the ammo was close to 40 bucks a box. Others got around this by fitting cylinders that allowed one to fire .32 ACP ammo through the Nagant, but I never found one. Nor did I really want to spend the extra cash to fit one to my particular gun. Some folks also went as far as to fire .32 S&W Long or .32 H&R Magnum through their guns. It was technically safe to do so, but it wasn't recommended for long term usage. So I just stuffed my Nagant back into its holster and stuck it into my nightstand drawer.

And I forgot about it for a long time. At least until a friend of mine commented that he wanted to buy a pistol for his 21st birthday. I mentioned I had a cheap Russian gun and my friend jumped on it for the right price. Ten minutes and 100 bucks later, the gun was his and I was relieved of my burden of buying expensive ammo and having to deal with a horrible trigger pull weight. The 100 bucks was promptly spent on more ammo for the other three guns I had at that point.

The next gun on the 'Where are they now?" list is the Rock Island Armory GI Tactical 1911.

I purchased this gun back in March of 2012 at a local FFL that also doubled as a butane gas sales place. At first, the FFL ordered the wrong 1911, but he was able to get the one I asked for. No problem for him since he was able to sell the other 1911 pretty quickly afterwards. 

So I get my GI Tactical and a friend from a web forum I'm a member of sent me a care package of 1911 goodies. Being that I'm left handed when it comes to handguns, my friend included a couple left handed holsters along with some magazines and a really nice double mag pouch made by Galco.

This 1911 would serve me well for a few years as my nightstand gun along with my Mossberg bullpup shotgun. Eventually, I decided that I wanted to try out a higher capacity handgun and after some searching, I settled on the Glock 21 Gen 4. So the G21 becomes my nightstand gun and the 1911 goes into my safe, where it sits until another friend expresses interest in getting a 1911 to practice gunsmithing on. We work out a trade and I end up with a Ruger P89 9mm pistol. 

In the time I had my RIA GI Tactical 1911, I had maybe two failures with it. Both being failures to feed, which were fixed by dropping the mag, reinserting it and trying again. Until I traded it, I had planned on getting the feedramps polished, which is a common fix on 1911 pistols. The trigger was good, the accuracy was typical 1911 and it was reliable once I worked out the issues I had. 

Looking back, I actually do regret trading that pistol and have plans on buying another 1911 at some point. There's a lot of good entry level 1911s being sold now and a lot of them are pretty decently priced. 

The Ruger P89 I traded my 1911 for ended up being sold this year in order to fund a Ruger PC9 carbine purchase and while I miss that gun as well, I'm pretty happy with where it ended up. A fellow Ruger fan in my AO purchased it from me and was excited to get it because he had been looking for one for a long time. I won't say it was his "Grail" gun, but it might've been pretty close. 

My personal "Grail" gun is a Winchester Model 1895 Russian Contract Musket made during WW1, but unless Winchester decides to make a reproduction of it like they've done with the Roosevelt .405 Winchester Model 1895, I'm out of luck on ever owning one. 

That is unless I get really lucky and find one at a pawn shop or a gun shop and it's not priced too outrageously. It's doubtful that'll ever happen, but hey, I can dream, right ? 

Well, I'd say that's enough of me yammering on, so I'll go ahead and bring this edition of "Where are they now?: Chimp's guns" to a close. 

As always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

I'm back....Sort of.

 Hey folks, 12-Gauge Chimp here.

So, it's been awhile since I last posted anything and I've got good reason for that. 

Ok, so, it's not exactly a good reason, but more of a "I ran out of stuff to talk about and I sort of got burnt out and disappeared for awhile." type of thing. 

Anyway, I'm sort of back and I just wanted to start off by apologizing for my lack of content over the past year. When I did the long term review of the Kailash Blades Scourge and Sirupate kukris, I was in the beginning stages of a move that took way longer than I had hoped as well as me not really having much to say about anything. That and I really wanted to find some stuff worth reviewing for the site. 

Also, I got selected to be a moderator on a forum I've been a member of for about 11 years now and that's taken up the bulk of my time. So between my moderator duties and the lack of anything worthwhile to review, coupled with me getting burnt out for like the third or fourth time in the decade this site has been active, and you get one tired Chimp. 

But, all is not lost, my friends. I do have some things in the pipeline to review and I'll probably have a new review up within the next few weeks. 

So the site is not dead in the water, as it may have appeared for the last year. 

Those of y'all who stuck by me and came back to the site over the last year to read the old reviews and just to check in despite the lack of updates, thank you. I really mean that. Thank you for sticking with me. I really do appreciate that and I really am sorry I sort of abandoned the site for so long. 

So, with that said, I'm sort of back and may very well disappear again, but I will try not to be gone for over a year like I was. Also, I'm writing this via mobile since I haven't gotten on my computer for awhile. I need to fix that since writing on mobile is kind of awkward for me. 

As always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Long Term Review of Kailash Blades "Scourge" and Sirupate kukris

Hey folks, 12-Gauge Chimp here.

Today's the day I finally am able to share with you my experiences with the Kailash Blades "Scourge" and Sirupate kukris.

I didn't want to rush into a review like I have in the past, so I took a bit of time to get to know the blades. Here are my findings during my use of both blades.

Starting off with the "Scourge".

Now, keep in mind that my "Scourge" is an older variant and is no longer made due to various quality upgrades over the past five or so years. If you were to order a "Scourge" today, it would be a bit different than my model. The biggest difference would be the sheath and I believe the grind of the blade is different, but I know the sheath is changed. Gone is the traditional wood and leather sheath, that has now been swapped for a more Western style stacked leather or Kydex sheath.

I've used the "Scourge" off and on for the past few years and it has been tough throughout it all. Sure, the blade picked up a few nicks and the edge has a slight roll in spots, but nothing that couldn't be filed out during sharpening. It's picked up some scars and a couple small rust stains, but again, it's nothing that couldn't be scrubbed off or anything that'll compromise the strength of the steel.

If I had one complaint for the "Scourge" it'd be that the handle near the guard developed a small crack during use. This is due to a small flaw in the wood used and nothing that the bladesmiths at Kailash did. On their end, the flaw probably didn't present itself until well after it shipped. I was able to prevent the crack from going any deeper with a small repair, so I don't think it'll be a worry anymore. if it cracks any more, I can just saw off the piece on either side and expose the steel of the guard and have a semi-custom guard. It's not a big deal.

Overall, I still recommend the "Scourge" and matter of fact, I plan to purchase a newer one along with the 'Anniversary' model because I like the style so much.

Now, onto the Sirupate.

I haven't used the Sirupate as much as the "Scourge", but it has seen its fair share. Mostly on thinner branches and the damn ivy growing all over my backyard.

Where the "Scourge" is like an axe or a hatchet, the Sirupate is more like a machete (or a short sword, if you like) and it clears brush like nothing else. The Nepalese have been using various styles of kukri for hundreds of years and I'm betting that a Sirupate style kukri is probably one of their preferences. It's light, fast and doesn't wear you out like swinging a heavier kukri might. Matter of fact, when clearing weeds and other annoyances out of my yard, I preferred the Sirupate because it was lighter despite having a longer blade. When I first used it, I was afraid the thinner blade would bog down in some of the stuff I was clearing. Nope. It chopped through those branches like they weren't even there.

The blade did lose its edge slightly, but like the "Scourge", it wasn't anything that couldn't be fixed with a good sharpening.

With all that said, I'd recommend getting a "Scourge" or a Sirupate or anything Kailash produces. They might be a bit more expensive than other places, but you're getting an almost custom knife for the money. If you were to have a custom knife maker forge you a blade like the "Scourge", for example, I'd bet that you'd be looking at price tag of almost 400 bucks, depending on the maker. For about 150 bucks or maybe even less, you're getting a blade that's built like a tank and will likely outlast you and your kids or even grandkids with proper care and maintenance.

So, in the end, the Kailash Blades "Scourge" and Sirupate kukris have definitely earned the '12-Gauge Chimp' seal of approval. And they are two blades I will never let go from my collection. Other blades have come and gone from my collection over the years, but these two are going to be with me for the rest of my life.

Thanks for reading this and visiting the site and as always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Guns and Gear Review #26: Del-Ton DT-15 AR

Hey folks, 12-Gauge Chimp again.

Excuse the long absence, but I decided to take a break from posting for a bit because I just didn't really have much to review or even say for the past few months. I'm not going to make any promises of regular posts because that'd be wrong of me since I have been kind of neglectful to the site. But I will try to at least make one post every month or so, even if it's just a "Hi, I'm still alive." type of entry.

As you may have guessed from the title of this entry, I have a new rifle. I have a new one and had to sell another one to fund the purchase. I sold my Hungarian AMD-63 AK to fund the purchase of the Del-Ton DT-15 AR. I didn't get out to the range with the AMD-63 as often as I would've liked and a local dealer expressed interest in the rifle when I showed him pics of it. I accepted his offer and a couple days later, I brought the AMD-63 to him and got my money. The same day, I stopped at a local hardware store and picked up the Del-Ton AR.

This is my first foray into the world of AR-15s and I think I got a decent rifle. I've been doing some research on AR's for the past several years and with prices coming down, I figured the time was right to pick one up. I decided on the Del-Ton because it was low priced, well reviewed and in stock. I've got a fighting rifle (my M+M M10 AK I reviewed years ago), but the AR will serve as a secondary fighting rifle once I get it set up the way I want it and get some trigger time with it.

The Del-Ton DT-15 I picked up came with the usual accessories (M4 style furniture, including an uncomfortable A1/A2 style grip, gun lock that got ditched because I already have like 100 of them from various sources, owner's manual and warranty card). The literature that came with the rifle was really, really vague as to what model rifle I have since Del-Ton makes a few different versions from the DTI Sport to the 'Extreme Duty' series. Mine is probably an Echo 316 rifle because of the mil-spec parts, but since I have no way of confirming that short of calling Del-Ton, I can't say for certain. I will send them an email and ask what series rifle mine is and update y'all when I get an answer. All else fails, I contact them on Facebook and see what they can tell me there. I contacted Winchester like that when I had an issue with some ammo, so I figure I can ask Del-Ton about my rifle the same way.

I can, however, confirm that my AR has a 1/9 twist rate barrel (1/7 is the best according to what I've read, but 1/9 will work for me for the time being), A2 "bird cage" muzzle device, and a mil-spec trigger. The barrel also has the little M203 mounting cut on it, should I ever decide to attach one of those to it or one of those Spike's Tactical Havoc flare launchers. The M203 is probably never going to happen since they cost a boatload of money and they are very hard to get on the civilian side of things. They're not impossible to get, they're just really, really rare. And super expensive. Not to mention some of the ammo is also heavily regulated. From what I remember, the practice chalk rounds are ok for civilians to use with no ATF approval or paperwork, but the other stuff is heavily regulated and requires a bunch of paperwork. So it's not worth the time and money for me. Others might think so and to them I say "Have at it."

Back on track here, I haven't really had the chance to hit the range with my new AR, but that's mostly because I only have one magazine for it and no ammo at the moment. I'll also be upgrading the stock set from factory to Magpul MOE stuff since I prefer the Magpul stuff. The factory stuff works, but the buttstock just wobbles way too much for my liking and the A2 style grip just feels weird in my hands. I got a bit spoiled by the Magpul AK grips I had on both of my AKs, so I figured it was only right to pop one of the various AR grips they make onto my AR. I picked up a Magpul K2 AR grip along with a CTR stock and M-Lok fore end. I had a little issue with the screw on the K2 grip not catching, but that was my fault and not Magpul's. The grip is now on my rifle nice and tight and feels loads better than the A2 that was on it. I might toss the A2 grip and the stock furniture set up for sale on a local gun sales board or I may keep it for another project. Not too entirely sure at this point.

Overall, I'd recommend the Del-Ton made ARs to anyone looking for a decent entry-level rifle. With the AR being so popular, there's a ton of sources out there for help and parts, so you can build your own rifle if you choose or you can just customize a factory rifle to your preferences like I did. Once I get a bit of trigger time behind it, I can give y'all a much better idea of the rifle and tell y'all what I like or don't like about it.

As always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kailash Blades Scourge Kukri: The Overview Redux

 (Hey folks, 12-Gauge Chimp here. This review was originally posted a few years back, but things have changed with the maker since then. Andrew Lucas, the guy who designed the Scourge, has started a new company called Kailash Blades and he recently contacted me. He liked the original review and asked if I might switch things around to reflect his new company. See, KHHI was only able to produce the Scourge thanks to an agreement between Mr. Lucas and their CEO. That agreement has since expired and now Kailash Blades is the sole producer of the Scourge. Per an agreement with Mr. Lucas, I have edited my original post on the Scourge and will be deleting the original url. Any search results for Scourge kukri on my site will now redirect to this posting. Thanks for understanding, folks.)

Hey folks, it's your old pal 12-Gauge Chimp here with a brand new entry on something I've been waiting to get for a very long time.

Yes folks, it has finally happened. I finally got my hands on a real kukri. I am so happy I finally got one of these awesome knives. Now, this is technically not going to be a review since I instituted my new reviewing process, so it's more of an overview.

First, there's the matter of the background of the Scourge. The Scourge is the design from Australian blade designer Andrew Lucas. I first learned of the Scourge when Mr. Lucas posted a thread on a forum I frequent asking for opinions on his designs. There were several different designs and the one that ultimately became the Scourge is the result of multiple design changes to one of the entries. Despite a few setbacks during production, the Scourge became available to the public. Now, since this blade is relatively new to the market, there just aren't that many reviews online. Matter of fact, there's maybe a single YouTube video review. Other than that one video, no one has done a review of this kukri that I'm aware of.

Now, on to the overview of the Kailash Blades Scourge kukri.

The first thing I noticed about the Scourge is the fact the knife is huge. I mean, this thing is a beast rendered in carbon steel. Upon opening the box and holding the knife for the first time, I was immediately struck speechless by how pretty the blade was and how immense the entire knife is. Seriously, me being speechless is a rare thing since I'm a really talkative person in real life. Just ask my friends and family about that one. Until I received the Scourge in the mail, the largest knife I owned was the Aranyik E-Nep I reviewed a couple years ago. The Scourge is almost twice the size of the E-Nep and weighs a bit more, but that's due to the size of it.

 Thanks to a conversation with Mr. Andrew Lucas, I was able to find out the blade of the Scourge is made of 5160 spring steel and is about 12 inches in length with a very noticeable downward curve. There's an interesting little bit of trivia in that the blade material is actually leaf springs from old trucks. It's recycled into kukris by Kailash Blades and it's a way for the leaf springs to be turned back into something useful instead of just rusting away in a junkyard. The blade is also about a quarter inch thick at the spine and tapers down a bit towards the handle area to make it an almost perfect fit for most folks. This also helps cut down on weight since the Scourge, like most kukris, weighs about a pound and a half total.  The handle scales are made from rosewood (an early version was to use water buffalo horn) with finger grooves cut into them. The handle fits my hand almost as if the bladesmiths of Kailash Blades designed it with me personally in mind. They didn't, but it sure feels that way upon holding the knife in my almost gorilla like hands. Wielding the Scourge really makes me want to take a whack at things like coconuts, small tree limbs and maybe even a few zombies.

The wood is beautiful as is and with a little coating of varnish or sealant and I think the grain of the wood will really shine through. Thanks to a little info I was given by Mr. Lucas, I found out that they don't varnish the handles, they just oil them like they do with the blades. I'm not sure what kind of oil is used, but it's either an organic vegetable oil or some kind of rice oil being used. With that said, it's completely up to the customer whether or not they want to use any kind of wood sealer or varnish on the handles. One thing to be aware of is that it is possible to use too much varnish on the handles. Too much varnish and you run the risk of making it too slick and making it too slick in turn makes the risk of the knife slipping out of your hands even higher. Personally, I'd leave the handles alone and maybe put a very thin coat of sealant on the wood so it won't rot.

The Scourge's sheath is probably one of the nicest sheaths I've seen out there. It's made in the same way the sheaths the other kukris Kailash Blades makes have. It's made of two pieces of wood and wrapped in water buffalo leather and it fits the Scourge pretty well. I'd love to have seen some kind of retention strap, but that's just me. Maybe in later versions, Kailash Blades will put a retention strap on the sheaths. It's not a big deal if they choose not to since the end user can simply add a strap later on. I probably will since I plan on taking the Scourge with me on an upcoming camping trip.

Overall, I like the Scourge from Kailash Blades. I'll be making a YouTube video showcasing the blade's chopping ability in the coming months and I'll be doing a long-term durability review in a year. Keep in mind that this is just a simple overview of the Kailash Scourge and not a review. The reviews are coming up within the year and I hope you all will be reading them then.

Big thanks goes to Andrew Lucas for designing the Scourge and to Kailash Blades for making such an awesome blade.

As always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Guns and Gear Review #25: Kailash Blades 16 inch Sirupate Kukri

Hey folks, 12-Gauge Chimp back from a long break.

Many of you might remember the Scourge kukri I did an overview on a couple years back. Well, today I have another kukri to review. It's not a Scourge, but a Sirupate kukri.

What's a 'Sirupate', you might ask ? Well, it's sort of a cross between a kukri and a machete. A kukr-chete or a mach-ukri, if you will. For me, it's an excuse to hack old watermelons and foliage around my house without looking like a doofus.

Anyway, I did a little searching and found Kailash Blades. Andrew Lucas, the brains behind the Scourge kukri, is the man behind this new company. So, I browsed the site, saw several kukris I wanted, but I decided I wanted a Sirupate because I've never owned a traditional style kukri. After clicking my preferences, hitting the 'place order' tab and making sure my payment info was correct, I was well on my way to having a real traditional kukri in my hands.

Now, shipping from Nepal takes awhile, so I had to wait about a month or so for it to get here. Which it did this past Monday. I eagerly opened the heavily taped box like a kid on Christmas and inside was my kukri.

I ordered the 16 inch blade Sirupate because it was the more sensible choice. They have blade lengths up to 24 inches or so, but those are more for ceremonial purposes and display due to the size and weight. 16 inches is the sweet spot for the Sirupate for me. It's long enough to make short work of bushes and the like, but still able to be wielded for long periods of time without tiring me out. Even so, the blade is long and if I needed to (or wanted to), I could probably use it as a short sword. It's just perfectly balanced for both utilitarian purposes and defensive purposes as well.

The blade measures about 16 inches and the handle is about 5 3/4 inches, with an overall length of 22 inches. The blade is highly polished and has almost a mirror-like sheen to it. There's a bit of traditional style engraving on the back of the blade towards the spine as well. The width of the blade at the spine is a little over 3/8ths of an inch. Still pretty beefy, but not as much as the Scourge with it's almost a half inch thick spine. Like the Scourge, the handle of the Sirupate is made from Rosewood with a nice polish to it. It's a little slick for me, but a quick wrapping with some grip wrap and it'll be good to go for me. That's really my only issue with it, a slick handle, but it's merely a personal preference and in no way a fault of the guys at Kailash Blades. The blade also came with a traditional water buffalo leather and wood scabbard that holds the blade in tightly, but not too tightly. It's got just enough grip to keep the blade from bouncing out, but it lets me draw the blade smoothly.

It's kind of unfair to call this a review when I really haven't tested the blade enough to warrant it, so it's more of an overview. I'm planning to do some cutting with the Sirupate from Kailash Blades here in the near future and will update this entry with my findings.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and plan to make more purchases from Kailash Blades as time goes on. They're a great company to deal with and Andrew Lucas kept me updated on my order during the entire time it was going from a simple piece of steel in the form of truck leaf springs all the way to a finished blade on its way from Nepal to the US. Not many companies will do that these days, especially not the head of the company either.

As always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off.

ETA: I was recently contacted by Mr. Lucas and he informed me he's actually not the owner of Kailash Blades. The company is Nepalese owned and operated, with him as sort of a public relations/ quality control/publicity/media relations/designer type person. Sort of a jack of all trades deal, I guess. Either way, I'm glad to see him and the guys from Kailash Blades making kurkis and other blades again and I hope Kailash Blades is around for a long time to come and wish them well in all their endeavors.