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Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Brin, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. Brin

    Brin Member

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    I have been thinking of making a Kukri for awhile now. For those not familiar with one it handles like a cross between an axe and a Bowie knife. I started by first making a template out of ¼” plywood to figure out the best blade geometry then I used that template as a guide to cut the blade out of a 4 foot diameter saw blade made out of 8670 steel with a plasma cutter. The blade on this one is 10” long and the handle is 5” long and made out of oak from my fire wood pile. I put a brass guard on this one and I am glad that I did, it keeps my fingers out of harm’s way. I made the sheath out of thick leather which I had on hand rather than try to make a traditional one out of wood. The blade on a Kukri is carved and wide up front and because of that the blade has to go into the side of the sheath, not straight down like a knife sheath. I am happy with how this Kukri and the sheath turned out.

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  2. SharpDog

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    That's a great knife :)

    the one thing I never liked about Kukris was the handle. There is a type of handle that lets you hold close up or farther for more of a lever.
     
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  3. Iggy

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    Very nice job.. You done good.:thumbup:
     
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  4. Corpral_Agarn

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    That's awesome.

    Someday I will get a kukri. Don't know what I would do with it... but someday.
     
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  5. badkarmamib

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    I have the commercial Kabar kukri. Works great for making firewood for camping, so I see the practicality of it. That said, I REALLY like the one you made, a fine example of artistic expression and usefulness. Well done!
     
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  6. readyeddy

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    Good looking knife. The sheath is really nice.
     
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    Brin

    Well done on a very nice Kukri as well as the sheath for it!
     
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  8. JeffG

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    It's one thing to turn out a nice knife, which you did....but a great sheath too? Kudos!!
     
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  9. IlikeSA

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    Looks great! I really like your leatherwork too.
     
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  10. FL-NC

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    I have a commercial one with a rubber handle I keep on my 4 wheeler. Very handy to chop down branches for lanes, etc. when prepping tree stands and blinds for deer season.
     
  11. Shanghai McCoy

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    That is some fine Craftsmanship Sir. :thumbup:
     
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  12. hso

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    Nice job.

    For those wanting to get a traditional kukuri I can recommend Himilayin Imports.

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  13. theotherwaldo

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    I keep a couple of the 19th century British Gurkha kukris around the house and a Cold Steel Kukri at hand in the car. Handy tools, indeed.
     
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    nice job making your own.. very well done.
     
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  15. JShirley

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    Good blade shape, very traditional (even if the full tang isn't).

    I have many hours spent swinging a kuk. Good ones are worthy tools.

    John
     
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  16. Mullo98

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    You done a great first attempt!
     
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  17. Brin

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    I would like to thank everyone for their nice comments on my Kukri and sheath. This is the first sheath for a Kukri I have made, so I took my time making it to avoid a lot of mistakes. A heads up if you are working with 9oz leather, don’t waste your time with button snaps they don’t work with thick leather. I used a button stud instead as the fastener on the sheath. Happy Independence Day to all you patriots.
     
  18. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    If there was another jungle war I could get caught up in (like Vietnam) I would love to take that with me. It looks amazing, great work!
     
  19. lemaymiami

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    If there’s another jungle war enjoy..

    Me, I didn’t like the last one.
     
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  20. hso

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    Kukris weren't developed for the jungle. They're heavier for heavier wood instead of what you'd encounter.
     
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  21. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    Wouldn't know. Mine was desert.
     
  22. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    My bad. Thought they were from Nepal and it was jungleish out there.
     
  23. hso

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    Nepal is mostly in the Himalayas. ;)
     
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    What an excellent job you did on the knife. If my skills were half as good, I could make a half as good of a knife and still have people looking at me with admiration. Frankly, I don't have even half. Can't say enough, your project is certainly sweet.
     
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  25. JShirley

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    The Nepalese have a huge variety of kuk styles, depending on location and task. There is even a "ganja" kuk, since it grows like a weed in Nepal. Look at HI's site for more information.
     
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