The Wiccan Rede


THE WICCAN REDE
Bide the Wiccan Laws we must In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. Live and let live. Fairly take and fairly give. Cast the Circle thrice about To keep the evil spirits out. To bind the spell every time Let the spell be spake in rhyme. Soft of eye and light of touch, Speak little, listen much. Deosil go by the waxing moon, Chanting out the Witches' Rune. Widdershins go by the waning moon, Chanting out the baneful rune. When the Lady's moon is new, Kiss the hand to her, times two. When the moon rides at her peak, Then your heart's desire seek, Heed the North wind's mighty gale, Lock the door and drop the sail. When the wind comes from the South, Love will kiss thee on the mouth. When the wind blows from the West, Departed souls will have no rest. When the wind blows from the East, Expect the new and set the feast. Nine woods in the cauldron go, Burn them fast and burn them slow. Elder be the Lady's tree, Burn it not or cursed you'll be. When the Wheel begins to turn, Let the Beltane fires burn. When the Wheel has turned to Yule, Light the log and the Horned One rules. Heed ye Flower, Bush and Tree, By the Lady, blessed be. Where the rippling waters go, Cast a stone and truth you'll know. When ye have a true need, Hearken not to others' greed. With a fool no season spend, Lest ye be counted as his friend. Merry meet and merry part, Bright the cheeks and warm the heart. Mind the Threefold Law you should, Three times bad and three times good. When misfortune is enow, Wear the blue star on thy brow. True in Love ever be, Lest thy lover's false to thee. Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: An ye harm none, do what ye will.
- Blessed Be -
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Friday, January 15, 2010

The San Mai III Gurkha Kukri and What is a San Mai blade?



Cold Steel has a blade that I have taken a fancy to((The San Mai III® Gurkha Kukri (#35ATCJ)) but it is so expensive, Why?, I am not sure but it uses San Mai blade construction. They say - A simple way to think of San Mai III® blade construction is to imagine a sandwich: The meat center is hard, high carbon steel and the pieces of bread on either side are the lower-carbon, tough side panels. The edge of the blade should be hard to maximize edge holding ability, but if the entire blade was hard it could be damaged during the rigors of battle. For ultimate toughness the body of the blade must be able to withstand impact and lateral stresses. Toughness is generally associated with "softness" and "flexibility" in steel, so that, surprisingly, if a blade is made "tough" the edge won't be hard enough to offer superior edge holding. San Mai III® blades provides a blade with hard (higher carbon) steel in the middle for a keen, long lasting edge and tougher (lower-carbon) steel along the sides for flexibility.

It also uses a different steel called VG-1. When considering a new material for a performance upgrade for the Cold Steel® blades, we tested seven different grades of steel including Shiro 2, V-SP-2, 10A, 440C, VG-10, ATS 34, and VG-1. Physical testing for sharpness, edge retention, point strength, shock, and ultimate blade strength showed that while many of the steels had increased performance in one or two testing categories, only one, VG-1, showed the greatest performance increases in the most critical categories. With an outstanding ability to retain an edge and proven strength in point and blade tests, VG-1 will provide Cold Steel® customers with superior performance previously unavailable in a stainless steel blade.

Now don't take me wrong at this but, I think it is over priced at $650.00.  I really need my readers and friends to jump in here and help me prove this theory.  My gut just says "Man, this looks NICE but, $650.00 Really!!"   So talk to me tell why I should pay this kind of money for this knife.


Now look at these...Kukri Machetes.
They are offered by Cold Steel and they are in a price range  most of can afford. ($25-$30) They say the Kukri Machetes are workhorses.  I would really like to try them, but the dying question is why the price difference is so great between these and the San Mai III above?  Show me,  this brings to mind what people say that are from Missouri "Show me and Prove it!"

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I own the Cold Steel VG-1 San Mai III kukuri and it's not that great. The blade has chipped on me twice. The first time I sent it in and they replaced it but this time I'm not bothering. It doesn't have that great an edge retention either. You're better off getting the cheap model and just resharpening it until it’s ready to pitch.

Anonymous said...

I also purchased the same expensive blade and it chipped. I'm sending it in, but now that I read this post, I think I may be better off with a cheaper blade.

Anonymous said...

As an owner of the kukri machete, I have to say that it blows. A very thin piece of metal which has been shaped and has had one of the most sloppy edges put on it. I had to rework it with a bench sharpener to put a mirror edge on it but it still rusts as soon as you look at it.

I have no problem comprehending of why a better constructed blade, built out of better materials, would cost more.

I've heard that the SK-5 version of the gurkha kukri is less susceptible to chipping and is significantly less expensive to boot. Get that one.

Jennifer Martin said...

The Gurkha kukri is the most popular official weapon of Gurkhas regimental army.

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