I bought this khukris in the fall of 1980 about two weeks on the trail in Nepal. I knew enough Nepali to get along in conversation and ran across it's previous owner using it on a tree he had felled. We chit chatted a bit as he showed me how he used it, then I offered him a deal he couldn't refuse, though only a few USD. It was misplaced at my Dad's house some 30+ years ago and I ran across it yesterday going through his estate. To give you an idea of the size it is 12" from tip to the handle, and a bit over 16" from tip to the back of the handle. It's still razor sharp. These knives are amazing and if I could only choose one survival tool this is the one. The balance of these blades is incredible and the knife feels very light in your hand. In the mid 1980's we went to my sister's house in Washington State and took down over 20 big trees there in one day (a large family operation!). When it came time to start limbing I grabbed this instead of a chainsaw and I easily kept up with everybody else. The knife is not of the mass produced variety and likely made by a blacksmith in one of the larger villages. The metal shows evidence of having been folded and when you look at the very edge you can see grain of the steel as it follows the edge. As you can see the blade is still in very good shape though a bit discolored from being in the sheath for so long. I'd like to know what our resident knife smiths would suggest for cleaning it up and preserving the metal as well as possible. The second thing is the grip. The original grip was a very nicely carved piece of hardwood, but was sized for the smaller hands of the Nepali. The tang is a relatively small trapezoid that went up the center. It eventually came off (the fellow who sold it to me mentioned that you had to periodically reglue the handles) and I cut a thin piece of wood to fit and made the handle it has today. It's wrapped in a cushioned handlebar tape. I'm wondering if the tang could be enlarged into a full size tang so I could place a more conventional (and comfortable) grip on it.