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Lets see those kukuris!

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by uneasy_rider, Jul 11, 2008.

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  1. uneasy_rider

    uneasy_rider Member

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    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!
     
  2. nalioth

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    15" Ang Khola Kukri from Himalayan Imports. These are not the tourist junkers. . .
     
  3. PTK

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    Three from HI....

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    I wonder if JShirley has any kukuris. ;)
     
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    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.
     
  7. Eleven Mike

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    Will HI sell their karda separately? How good are they?
     
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    Eleven Mike

    E-mail them and ask. They're fantastic folks.
     
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    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 for some awesome "Deals of the Day" pricing.

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  10. uneasy_rider

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    How sharp are HI kukris ?

    What kind of steel is used, and how well does it hold an edge and sharpen?
     
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    Bladeforum 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).
     
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    When you first get them not very sharp at all. They have to be a tad blunt for shipping and pass insurance rules.

    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.
     
  13. JShirley

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

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    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.

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

    John
     
  14. nalioth

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    JShirley, you're supposed to test the sharpness on your ARM. . . .:neener:
     
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    Although every now and then someone on the HI forum will mention getting a dull one, all of mine have come shaving sharp.
     
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    A group of Himalayan Imports' Chitlangis, ranging from 26" to 15.5":
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    My friend's 18" Panchthar Chitlangi:
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    21.5" Chitlangi. This is my baby. It's my favorite blade of any I own:
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    Bhairab Khukuri, a 25" long, 5 lb monster:
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    My brother's M43:
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    20" Ang Khola and 25" Sirupati:
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    20" Ang Khola:
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    23.75" Chiruwa Chitlangi, AKA Wolf's Battle Chitlangi:
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    A 26" Chitlangi is a long beast but it cuts like a guillotine:
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    From left to right: HI An khola (12 inches blade), Mccurdy special ran , Kukri House WWII service and HI M 42
     
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  18. uneasy_rider

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    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?
     
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    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.
     
  20. nalioth

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    Not a very good picture, but you get the gist of it. . .

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  21. Mongrel

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    hmmm...this is how they make 'em in Kentucky

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    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
     
  22. JShirley

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    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 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.
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    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.
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    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
     
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    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?
     
  24. Mongrel

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    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...
     
  25. JShirley

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    Oh, for more money!

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

    John
     
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