sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Nepal

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake (also known as the Gorkha/Ghurka earthquake) killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. It occurred at 11:56 NST on 25 April, with a magnitude of 8.1,  which would get anyone's attention. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened, across many districts of the country. Geophysicists and other experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake, particularly because of its geology, urbanization, and architecture.

Many Nepalese men found homes and careers in the British Ghurka Regiment. Some of those men are personal friends. Many of those men lost their entire family in the earthquake. Even so, a friend, who I had asked for a three-chirra kukri (Ghurka military knife), managed to send one. I asked for a few blades before the quake and he sent the first. I didn't expect to see it because of the disorder and personal tragedies associated with the earthquake. But Ghurkas are who they are.


Today I received an e-mail letting me know that in addition to the traditional water buffalo sheath (with the sharpening blade and utility blade) that the knife was shipped with, they're also sending a kydex sheath because they know that Americans prefer them for daily carry. So I'm humbled.

Ghurka Knife Drill

12 comments:

  1. Pretty good drill, but they got nothing over a Benihana Habacki Chef. On the other hand, I am not surprised that you got your package, even with all the death and destruction. Honor, pride and service is part of their code. And, to be honest, I wouldn't want to piss of either the Ghurka or the Chef at arms length.

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    1. The knives are part of their tradition and their soul...and no, you wouldn't want to engage them in a knife fight.

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  2. I've got one of those knives.

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  3. So can we help in a fund raiser kind of way?

    If I knew that my contribution wouldn't be eaten up in "administrative costs" then I'd gladly donate a few shekles...

    Let me know.

    Email in my profile

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    1. I'll contact the source in Nepal and find out how to do it directly without somebody like the Clinton Foundation in the middle and will post it.

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  4. That's quite a gift. I've been donating a bit to help the earthquake victims (through some local Nepalese). Terrible thing.

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    1. It will be a good addition to the load out for the Ducati.

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  5. Honor. That they will never compromise. Let me know about a donation also.

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  6. Looks like a "daily carry" knife to me...

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    1. When I'm riding the motorcycle...

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