Kukri Blade Review


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Uridium
August 25, 2010, 11:37 AM
A brief video review I made of this family heirloom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i-jmvcip7o

The blade is about 11 inches in length, total length including handle / pommel.
Has tarnishing as it is over 40 years old.
It was sourced from Mombasa in Africa!
Not a bad copy of the legendary blades that the Ghurka warriors carry...

While it's not got much of an edge at the moment, the sheer weight and curve would mean it has some blunt instrument capability for splitting zombified skulls open...

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc174/Ulysses3100/Survival/P1010611-1.jpg

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JShirley
August 26, 2010, 02:52 PM
1. (And by far, most importantly-) Any time you unsheath a single-edged knife, always hold the spine side of the sheath. This will ensure a sharp knife in a poor scabbard doesn't cut your hand as you grip the blade side of the sheath as you draw (http://www.himalayan-imports.com/faq/safety/safety-old2.jpg).

2. What makes it not a real kukri? It has a cho, even if it's oddly shaped. (The "bottle opener" you point out.) The presence of a cho is what some folks use to differentiate between kuks and Kukuri-Like Objects (KLO).

3. Use a file to get an idea of how hard the steel is. You say the bluntness is due to being stainless, but also point out the rust.

4. Few genuine khukuris are full tang.

It could be a pure tourist piece, or you could be underselling what you've got. Most kuks sheaths fail long before the knife does, and the sheath construction looks fairly authentic. Here (http://www.himalayan-imports.com/faq/)'s a link for more information.

It's a good looking piece. Thanks for sharing.

John

Piraticalbob
August 26, 2010, 08:12 PM
It seems to resemble one I bought back in the 1970's when I was a young teen. The quality was abysmal, with the blade being decorated by electric pencil and chrome-plated (thus the bright, mirror-like shine). I can't even remember now whether I bought it from a mail-order catalog or at a store somewhere.

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