Lets see those kukuris!


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uneasy_rider
July 11, 2008, 12:15 PM
I would like to see what you guys have.... If you have a photo, please post, along with the brand name and place you bought it!

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nalioth
July 11, 2008, 02:09 PM
http://www.novarata.net/abrams/kukhri/kukhri_421.JPG

15" Ang Khola Kukri from Himalayan Imports (http://www.himalayan-imports.com/). These are not the tourist junkers. . .

PTK
July 11, 2008, 02:54 PM
Three from HI....

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=81276&stc=1&d=1215798849

Eleven Mike
July 11, 2008, 06:37 PM
I wonder if JShirley has any kukuris. ;)

Jake
July 11, 2008, 10:37 PM
HI here as well.

18in Kobra and a 15in AK.

http://img383.imageshack.us/my.php?image=15akandkobraunsheathedzd4.jpg

waterhouse
July 11, 2008, 11:04 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/waterhouse/IMGP1361.jpg

I've got a 22" and a 13" as well, but the 15" HI Pen is my favorite. The picture is from when it is new, it is a lot more beat up now, but still works as good as new.

Eleven Mike
July 11, 2008, 11:29 PM
Will HI sell their karda separately? How good are they?

PTK
July 12, 2008, 01:52 AM
Eleven Mike

E-mail them and ask. They're fantastic folks.

markk
July 12, 2008, 07:03 AM
HI 16.5in Chiruwa Ang Khola, 10in HI/Sgt Khadka BAS, HI kagas katne

Are you beginning to notice a pattern here? ;)
http://www.himalayan-imports.com/

Also check out the Himalayan Imports forum at www.bladeforums.com (http://www.bladeforums.com) for some awesome "Deals of the Day" pricing.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c73/kmark/P1010016.jpg?t=1215856671

uneasy_rider
July 12, 2008, 10:32 AM
How sharp are HI kukris ?

What kind of steel is used, and how well does it hold an edge and sharpen?

nalioth
July 12, 2008, 01:58 PM
What kind of steel is used, and how well does it hold an edge and sharpen? Bladeforum (http://www.bladeforums.com/) has a lot more info on these, but in a nutshell:

They're made by hand from the leaf springs out of Mercedes-Benz heavy trucks.

You can put a shaving edge on it (and then shave with it).

Limeyfellow
July 12, 2008, 03:05 PM
How sharp are HI kukris ?

When you first get them not very sharp at all. They have to be a tad blunt for shipping and pass insurance rules.

What kind of steel is used, and how well does it hold an edge and sharpen?

They are made from spring steel. Once you get them nice and sharp they hold an edge for a long time. The hardest part of sharpening one is in the curve and the fact they are rather large and complex. At times I wish they came in already well sharpened and save me the trouble a bit.

JShirley
July 12, 2008, 03:14 PM
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=13461&d=1084754703

This is my all-around favorite knife, a 16.5" (Shop 1) HI WWII.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v420/Jinete_delViento/scott-jshirley-oleg.jpg

This is an 18" HI Sirupati, an HI Bancharo ax, and a 14" BDC that I gave Oleg. Actually, I gave Scott the Sirupati, now that I think about it. Another angle of that BDC is here (http://olegvolk.net/gallery/d/2151-4/kukri.jpg).

I'll show more later. I guess I have a bad habit of giving good blades to friends.

John

nalioth
July 12, 2008, 03:26 PM
JShirley, you're supposed to test the sharpness on your ARM. . . .:neener:

markk
July 12, 2008, 04:57 PM
When you first get them not very sharp at all. They have to be a tad blunt for shipping and pass insurance rules.



Although every now and then someone on the HI forum will mention getting a dull one, all of mine have come shaving sharp.

Wolfman_556
July 12, 2008, 05:29 PM
A group of Himalayan Imports' Chitlangis, ranging from 26" to 15.5":
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/Chitlangis6-16-08.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HPIM0854.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HPIM0857.jpg

My friend's 18" Panchthar Chitlangi:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HPIM0866.jpg

21.5" Chitlangi. This is my baby. It's my favorite blade of any I own:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HPIM0531.jpg

Bhairab Khukuri, a 25" long, 5 lb monster:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HI_kopis.jpg

My brother's M43:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HPIM0769.jpg

20" Ang Khola and 25" Sirupati:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HPIM0495.jpg

20" Ang Khola:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HPIM0273.jpg



23.75" Chiruwa Chitlangi, AKA Wolf's Battle Chitlangi:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HPIM0865.jpg

A 26" Chitlangi is a long beast but it cuts like a guillotine:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/Wahya/HPIM0715.jpg

sandy4570
July 12, 2008, 11:30 PM
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/sandy4570/100_0556.jpg

From left to right: HI An khola (12 inches blade), Mccurdy special ran , Kukri House WWII service and HI M 42

uneasy_rider
July 13, 2008, 12:20 AM
What blade length would you suggest for a first purchase? I would like to actually use it as a camp/hiking tool... for chopping, as a machete on the trail, etc.

I have a Cold Steel Kukri machete (the cheap one, it was like $25) that I bought, and its ok, but only works marginally better than a regular machete.. It has an 18 inch blade and weighs a little over a pound. Would I be better off with a shorter, heavier blade?

Sandy4570: Is that last Kukri actually an M43? I don't see a M42 on the website.

Also, can someone post a photo of the Kukri that shows the thickness of the blade?

On the HI website they usually show a pair of small knives with a Kukri. Are they a package? What are the small knives called? any special name?

Eleven Mike
July 13, 2008, 12:40 AM
Good questions. I was looking about on their website, and they said that one of the small "knives" was actually a sharpener. Or do I misunderstand?

And rider, I think that cheaper CS kukri has a thinner blade than their LTC and other, pricier models. That may explain the lackluster performance.

nalioth
July 13, 2008, 12:42 AM
Also, can someone post a photo of the Kukri that shows the thickness of the blade? Not a very good picture, but you get the gist of it. . .

http://www.novarata.net/abrams/kukhri/kukhri_426.JPG

Mongrel
July 13, 2008, 12:52 AM
http://www.smugmug.com/photos/330565425_3pwNG-L.jpg

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/330565078_A54gf-L.jpg

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/330565826_7e3AF-L.jpg


I believe Mr. Greco's official name for this piece was "Kukri" so I'm not sure if it qualifies or not. I just been dying to share it :D

JShirley
July 13, 2008, 02:15 AM
Wolfman, you have quite the set of pictures there. :)

Mongrel, as soon as I saw the handle on the first pic, I thought "Greco?"

uneasy, blade length is only part of the equation. Your first kukuri could be one of the following (all good general purpose kuks):

15" AK
16" BDC
16.5" WWII
17" (B)GRS
18" Chitlangi
19" Sirupati

Of that list, I currently own a 15" AK, and a 16.5" WWII. I think I've owned all the others listed, but given them away...the BGRS just yesterday!

Here (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v420/Jinete_delViento/spine2.jpg?t=1215927787)is a shot that will give an idea of spine size. (17" BGRS and 16.5" Chiruwa AK)

The BGRS is on the bottom, and the AK- with custom handle by Dan Koster- on top.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v420/Jinete_delViento/GRSAK1.jpg

This is a picture with at least two of us holding HI kuks, Kaylee a Chitlangi between 18 and 19", and I'm holding a 21" Chitlangi. Unfortunately, you can only really see the profile on my Chit.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v420/Jinete_delViento/KnivesUp.jpg

Honestly, I would join BladeForums, if you're not already a member, and keep an eye on both Deal of the Days and private sales in the exchanges. Buy the first really good deal you see on any of the first four I listed. :D

11M, HI kuks usually comes with a chakma and a karda. The chakma is a steel, and the karda is a very small knife. Even if you don't love kukuris, this combination (sharpener, large tough and small delicate knife) is a good way to go.

John

CWL
July 13, 2008, 02:26 AM
Mongrel,

I thought I was the only one to have one of those Greco special project blades!

Did you get yours around 2000 from BladeArt?

Mongrel
July 13, 2008, 04:00 PM
I thought I was the only one to have one of those Greco special project blades!

Did you get yours around 2000 from BladeArt?


CWL-no not from BladeArt but the time period is close. I bought the Kukri and a La Duena' from a private seller. Do you have this one or a different one?

The only information I've been able to find out is that both pieces were from a very limited run of 'prototypes'. John said that he only made 12 of the Kukris in his gray finish. I've only ever seen one other one and it was in his black crinkle-coat style finish.

I have probably 20 Greco knives total, some dating pretty far back when he was using his 'A' marked blanks which are made of 1057/1085 bead blasted A2 steel.

The Kukri is probably my favorite pattern of them all though. It's never been used or sharpened and I will either have to sell it or use it one of these days...

JShirley
July 13, 2008, 04:32 PM
Oh, for more money!

I'm a fan of John's as well as a big kukuri fan...

John

sandy4570
July 13, 2008, 11:09 PM
Sandy4570: Is that last Kukri actually an M43? I don't see a M42 on the website.


On the HI website they usually show a pair of small knives with a Kukri. Are they a package? What are the small knives called? any special name?

Sorry , My bad I mean M43. I got it when it first came out several years ago (before they have wooden grip option )

The two small knives will come with a kukri .The one with sharp edge called Karda which is small utility knife and the dull one called Chakma is for sharpening the kukri.

CWL
July 13, 2008, 11:35 PM
Hey Mongrel,

Mine's mint and is a spittin image of yours. When I bought it, it was one of the most expensive knives I had ever purchased ($349). I had wanted to use it, but John Greco retired shortly after that time. Since John has recovered and is back to knifemaking, I may have to reconsider using it. It is one of my favorites!

The Highlander
July 14, 2008, 03:06 AM
Great blades everyone. Wolfman you have an exceptional collection.

gb6491
July 14, 2008, 05:20 AM
Here are some I own or have owned (they have moved on as Uncle Bill used to think they have a way of finding their rightful owner):
http://i36.tinypic.com/63ykop.jpg
http://i38.tinypic.com/33p683p.jpg
http://i38.tinypic.com/2unvwut.jpg
http://i33.tinypic.com/208cg3o.jpg
http://i34.tinypic.com/vfw3dd.jpg
http://i35.tinypic.com/21lq2s5.jpg
http://i35.tinypic.com/mj4dqc.jpg
Regards,
Greg

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