Use Warning- Indian Kukri with the Wooden Handle and the center raised band.

Especially if you are not used to working with your hands, you may want to wear work gloves when using this tool.  You might want to wrap the handle with tape. 

If the handle is not gripped tightly, it can hurt you.  One day I decided to I decided to hold the handle somewhat loosely, as I do a hammer handle, to allow for a final "snap" as I struck the object.  The whole process of holding a Kukri handle loosely is quite dangerous.  It even flew out of my hand, once, and spun around, as I ran away from it. 

Some recommend taking out the center enlarged "ring" part of the handle.  The center band of the handle caused me some pain, in use, handle held loosely, and subsequent pain, days later.  I have since modified it.

I would NOT add a lanyard, or string, to the base of the Kukri handle, as some recommend.  If the above incident had happened, and the knife broken from my hand, I would not have been able to "get away from it," and might have seriously been hurt.  

Read these, for information on how you might modify your Kukri for the field:

M40 Survival information on how to convert a Kukri to a field knife:

http://www.m4040.com/Survival/Ghurka/Kukri%20Modification.htm 

If you have purchased a disk, and are not on line, read the same article here

 

With all that, I still recommend this type of Kukri knife.  I am still working the handle down on mine, and to not know whether to tape it with electricians tape, or  what.  Picture below is of the stage my handle conversion is at, today.  It is already more comfortable.  (Know that I have three of these knives, and am working with converting all three, that is how much I like them.)  Please remember that this knife is for use, not for show, and try it out, before hand.  Simply buying some work gloves, and using them, will solve the problem.  Paul.