Restating my original recommendation.

The web page you came through was built as I worked with my Kukri-Parang blade.  The problems are detailed back on the page you just left, along with my original recommendation.

Before you read of possible problems, I want to heartily recommend the Kukri, again.  I modified mine as detailed in the picture below, and   

I took the Kukri out, in the above form, a little while ago.  The "dropping" of the point of the blade had both eliminated the tendency to "stick" in the scabbard, and gave the blade better balance.  It certainly looks better. 

The modified handle was very comfortable, and did not hurt my hand, a bit.  The raised center ring and large flared pommel end of the handle had been removed.    This and some accompanying reduction of the material of the handle made it a joy to use.

I skinned the bark off the large walking stick I cut last week, with the Kukri-Parang.  Worked very well, and I heartily recommend the knife, again.  You will read of my problems, and modifications, here.

When I went to cutting growing brush, the effect was magical.  Nothing cuts like a Kukri.

I have no doubt a Kukri Knife will be a primary member of my emergency Wilderness field kit from now on.

The secret of the knife may be that it "finds the grain."  In de-barking the large walking stick, about three inches in diameter, the kukri-parang would get under and slice through large sections of bark with each swing.  If I could not get it "under the bark," it would not work so well.  Once I did, it "de-barked" and "de-limbed" better than any edged tool I have.  It was almost like a wood-working tool.

In slicing through brush, the same principle applies.  It will instantly separate small branches from the main branch, when they are hit where the branch meets the main section.  In cutting large stock, if you hit from one side, and then the other, with a downward stroke, you can feel the Kukri-Parang actually "glide" through the wood.

(I have called mine a Kukri-Parang because, after modification, it was much more like the Malaysian Knife, detailed here.

The kukri steel is workable with a file, and is softer than most stainless hatchets.  That is to it can be re-sharpened easily, and to give it strength under heavy use.  Should not be used on heavy timber, or seasoned wood, as you will begin to deform your blade.


Walking stick note:  I have made many, many, walking sticks, or staffs.  The best way is to cut your staff both longer and thicker, and heavier, than you think.  It should be six inches above your height, and about twice as heavy as you think is comfortable. 

The reason is that the sapling looses weight to water, and gets very much lighter.  Good idea is to wait about a week before you take the bark off, if you are going to.  That way the first drying, and cracking, is slowed down a bit, yet the bark is still easy to remove.  I like this stuff.  Jesus is LORD.  Paul.