Post by lebleuchevalier on Oct 16, 2020 22:53:58 GMT
Following the lead of a few forumites, I placed a custom order with Mr. Purna Darnal, the proprietor of Great Gurkha Khukuri. I placed the order one week ago today. The sword was completed and prepared for shipment TODAY. That should give you an indication of how efficient this man is. I am truly shocked. The following testimonial is not a review as I have not received the item yet, but I can't contain my excitement.
What I wanted was a replica of a Greek kopis from an archaeological find. I provided Mr. Darnal with this image:
He already has something like this in stock, but I wanted something a bit more custom. I shared some other photos with him and we discussed the materials I wanted to use: copper, brown wood grips, copper pins, and what the blade profile would look like, including the fullers. We discussed the anthropomorphic qualities of these swords, e.g. falcata depict horses, kopoi depict birds (generally). He took my point about the bird and told me he would execute that quality his way.
A few days later I received this update:
Around 1:00am this morning I received these updates:
I received the final update around 4:00am this morning:
I haven't even received this yet and I am blown away. For the price I paid, this sword is the best bargain I will ever receive, bar none. It is also vastly superior to ANY reproduction kopis on the market right now, aesthetically speaking, because I have yet to handle this. It weighs in around 1050g, which is to be expected, the kopis is a nasty chopper. The blade is around 20 inches with a 5 inch grip (3.5 inches or so inside). The historical accuracy, or maybe we can call it authenticity instead, is off the charts. The only anachronistic thing about this is the scabbard, although maybe not. We really don't have many clues about what their scabbards looked like. I cannot wait to receive this bad boy so I can shout from the rooftops how much respect I have for this guy. The wood featured in the grip is what they call sadhan or sadhana wood. I did some research and it's what we call teak. It's quite stunning.