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Kukri Knives

Deadly Knife of the Ghurkas

The Kukri is an extremely important knife with an ancient historical tradition. It’s intimately associated with both Gurkha soldiers and their native homeland of Nepal. The Gurkha and the Kukri are so closely intertwined that considering one without the other is virtually impossible. The Kukri first came to western attention when the British got a first-hand taste for its vicious cutting force when they fought the Gorkha army in 1814. This was the starting point of the romantic story of the Kukri which continues to this very day. An innocuous, simple curved blade, it becomes a force to be reckoned with – and feared – when it falls into the capable hands of a Gurkha. They have been instrumental in acts of bravery, daring, and ferocity across an almost endless range of battlefields.

Ontario Knife 1064206 Kukri

Ontario Knives Kukri

You can buy kukri-style blades for half the price of this one, and maybe be satisfied. But if you want a kukri that will probably last a lifetime, well, this one is for you. It is a full-tang knife and the 1095 steel is a good choice in a lower to medium price range, plus it’s made in the USA.

Physically, the Kukri is a medium-length knife characterized by its distinctive mid-blade curve. Every Gurkha carries their own personal one at all times, both in and out of combat. Gurkhas keep them razor sharp, and use them as both versatile tools and formidable combat weapons. Rifles misfire and ammunition stores run out, but a Gurkha with a Kukri is never unarmed. In the face of overwhelming odds, Gurkha soldiers will inevitably do their duty with blades held high.

When wielded by a skilled user – and professional Gurkha soldiers certainly qualify, the Kukri is so vicious that it becomes almost merciful. It leaves immense, clean, damaging cuts that kill quickly and almost painlessly.

One especially intriguing detail of the Kukri is the notch cut into the blade just a little bit past the handle. As one might expect with a weapon so storied and experienced, it has both a practical and a metaphorical explanation. In combat, the notch keeps blood from dripping down the blade onto the handle; this keeps the Gurkha’s grip tight. Metaphorically, the notch is said to represent a promise to never harm the innocent.

KA-BAR 2-1249-9 Kukri

KA-BAR Kukri

This Kukri is made of black epoxy coated 1085 High Carbon Steel with a Kraton G thermoplastic elastomer non-slip grip handle. Saplings or branches up to 2″ take very little effort to cut, it slices right through them, not breaking them, slicing them like a carrot. No need for a hatchet, it is awesome for kindling. No need for an ax as it can chop with the best of them. No need for a fire poker, no need for a spatula to flip steaks, no need for a bottle opener. The uses for this knife are only limited by your resourcefulness.

Columbia River KUK Kukri

Columbia River Kukri

65Mn is a readily-available steel that is formulated to provide good wear resistance and hardness. The medium-high carbon content makes for a high degree of toughness and resilience, while the manganese, in addition to improving these properties, improves the hot-working characteristics of the steel, making it an excellent candidate for forged blades. The handle is textured Thermoplastic rubber with a full tang, which is very ergonomic wet or dry. I think this is a great Kukri for the price.

Fox USMC Knives Extreme Tactical Trakker Kukri

USMC Kukri

A kukri is one of the most versatile, general purpose knives you can own. It can chop carrots, skin an apple, cut down small trees, open a box, and you can use it defend yourself when needed. This Kukri is very well made, very well balanced and considerably lighter than a standard kukri. It uses a special kind of stainless steel that has cobalt added to the mixture. Brief metallurgical lesson here: Carbon steel blades are sharper and hold an edge better than stainless steel, but because they rust easily, they require more maintenance. Stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion and thus requires less care, but the edge isn’t as good. Adding cobalt to stainless steel bridges the gap between carbon and stainless: A good, sharp edge, but a less fussy blade. It’s a trade off, but it’s a good one. This special cobalt steel, the fit and the finish, are all reasons the Fox knife costs a bit more.

Kukris and Ghurkas</h4?
Kukris and Ghurkas, a book

The Gurkhas have been termed the only soldiers who can win their battles on their reputation alone. This book examines the kukri knife as a combat weapon and relates it to the history of the Gurkha soldier. It starts with a historical background of the Gurkhas, including an account of the campaigns in which they have fought. It then explores the origin and handling characteristics of the kukri and its combat applications. The author Martina Sprague is a military historian, martial artist, and aviation enthusiast.

 
 
 

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