other than my total respect for the Gurkha's and my passion for 'things sharp', I regard the Kukri as a wonderful tool in the garden. As all shiny blades loose much of their tempering qualities during the cleaning and polishing treatment and so loose some of their 'rigidity and flexibility' and their ability to take and hold a good edge, I have chosen the ' Great Panwal black'. I was surprised at the cost of P&P and I'll have to wait and see what the bank (robbers) give me for an exchange rate $/€ to know the actual cost. Whatever, if you want something special, you have to be prepared to pay for it !
If the first order clears customs, a problem here, I shall place a follow up order for a few extras. By the way, I received a mail saying that I have won a 'Nepal Hat', did you get one, does everybody get one ?
What were you doing in beautiful Cornwall ? One of my brothers lives in St. Ives. We visited him some years ago and of course the 'Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project, St. Michaels Mount, etc. etc. a truly fantastic part of the UK (we can still say that can't we, Scotland still being with us and all that
My sister in law told us of an old cornish custom. During fog and bad weather, her grandfather and his mates used to carry beacons on the back of donkeys to 'chosen places' along the coast. They would light them at night and lure the ships to wreck on the coast and then collect the 'washed up goods' ...
... their mates were of course waiting on the 'correct' beach, first come first served
! Of course with the introduction of radar and later high-tech, the ships no longer needed lighthouses and so the false beacon trick fell out of fasion
. Ever wondered why the cornish flag is black with a white cross ... add a skull and you almost have a 'Jolly Roger'