Large picture of three Kukris re-worked, "final" form  under link at left

Latest 2005 Update on modifying Kukri Handles

 

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Kukri Conversion notes. After reading the information at http://www.m4040.com/Survival/Ghurka/Kukri%20Modification.htm

by a person who calls themselves M40, I began to modify my Kukris. These are my rough notes, and first pictures, and they will change and be modified as the process goes on.  Bear with me as this grows, and changes.  Come back to this file to see the changes.  I will write this full, and edit it down, as needed, as the file grows


21 Apr 2004  I am tentatively calling this re-worked Kukri a Kukri-Parang. 

 

SAS Parang .htm  John "Lofty" Wiseman recommends a knife with a curve similar to the Kukri.  "What we are looking for is one carry-able knife that will do serviceable survival work."  (I intend to make the curve of the handle on my re-made Kukri similar to the one in the picture on the above HTM.)  Referenced HTM file is from The SAS Survival Handbook; ISBN 0 00 26531407
 


KUKRIS WILL BE: NUMBER ONE, NUMBER TWO, AND NUMBER THREE


The number one Kukri is the first K45 I bought


The Number two kukri is the larger of the two of the pair of K45s I bought next, with the black color on the sheath, that washed off with water. Number two Kukri has the sheath-strap made from the tool belt.


The Number three kukri has no edge on it yet. It has the modified strap-sheath made from the worn out holster for my drill gun, not completed, yet.



FIRST STEP IS TO “DROP THE POINT”


Blades cut with a hacksaw, with a new blade, 18pt. Cut the angle first, and will round later.


Some worry about the softness of the metal. Other hand, you want something for the field that you can sharpen, and work, with hand tools, alone.



When I bought the first K45, Kukri number one, there was a noticeable difficulty in trying to get it in, and out of the holster, removing the tip, as shown , caused that problem to cease. I also shortened the sheath.


Follows pictures are of the tip of number 3, the one I like best.  

 

Notice the color change.  Seems that they electroplated it.  No ill effect, the metal underneath is the same.  Seems to have been electroplated with brass, then finished with chrome.  Am in the process or removing the chrome.

 

Mr Robinson came up and visited with me as I began to cut these tips.  Lot of fun, sitting and talking.  This elderly gentleman has lived around these parts all his life, and we talked a little about the History of the Huntsville community,

 

 

 

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Process of shaping the handle

 

 

 

First shaping.  Done with a grinder, but found to get too hot.  Used a hacksaw, sideways, to remove the metal part, first, of the ring around the handle.

 

 

 

 

Continuing on another day, with the center ring removed, pommel end of handle cut with a hacksaw, to start to reduce it.  Much work done with a belt sander and double-cut-metal file.  Removed  most of the Cho - also called a kauri or kaura. the small notch in blade near handle.

 

 

 

 

Use of grinder and belt sander to shape pommel end, and center ring- great increase in comfort

 

the pictures can not tell you just how much easier to hold this thing is.  Praise God.

 

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the kukri as purchased

 


 

Large picture of three Kukris re-worked, "final" form  under link at left

 

 

 

April 2005 Large picture of three Kukris re-worked, "final" form  under link at left

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Continuing Kukri Re-Making Projects, with pictures

 

Kukri Pattern June 2004 .pdf   PDF file that prints out the pattern for the improved Kukri

 

Final, Final on the Kukri, with the Blade Cold- Blued  "finished"