First version of my Kukri Index

 

Survival Talk-  Kukri Recommendation

Please Read All Linked Articles Before Buying One. 

Some problems arose with the first Kukri I bought.

20040404 Sunday 9:41 am

 

 

"Quite simply, the Kukri is one of the best fighting / survival knives of its size.  It can cut with the power of a hatchet, but also be used for skinning or fine carving..."


These were my thoughts after buying that initial Kukri:

 

KUKRI KNIFE, INITIAL TEST, 16, NOVEMBER 2003.

Though Old Jimbo, of http://www.oldjimbo.com/survival/ltc.html likes to spell the name of this knife as K U K U R I, it is most often found on the web as Kukri, or Gurkha Kukri. While we are on the subject, it was Old Jimbo’s site that sort of got me interested in the larger, curved knives.

 

If you have purchased a disk with with Survival Primer dot com on it, click this for  Old Jimbo article
 

I took a metal file to my “Simple Indian Reproduction” of a Kurkri Knife, (to quote one site on the web,) and it took an edge well. The reader should note that I am used to sharpening a machete, having done so for about forty years or so. The Kukri sharpens similarly, and I noted one safety aspect we use on the machete.

 

The first four inches or so on a machete, near the handle, should never be sharpened. That is done so that if your hand slips off the handle, it does not loose it’s fingers on the knife blade. The Kukri is similarly wide and dull right after the handle. One cuts with the more curved part of the blade.

ON TO ITS USE:

I am sold! The Kukri cuts as Old Jimbo said it would. If anything, it may cut too efficiently! For the first test, I just went out and cut a walking stick. An easy swing cut half-way through a sapling in a very controlled and "fluid" manner. A harder swing would have chopped much deeper.

 

In Panama, where I lived for a couple of years as a boy, we used what is called a Machete. We pronounce it ma-shet-ee. Spanish speaking people pronounce something like this: ma-chet-a, where the final “a” is long.


In Panama the grass grows to something like four feet high.  The long- bladed machete was an excellent tool for cutting such vegetation.  Unfortunately, we don't have stuff like that here.

 

I have found a tool from another country, called a Kukri Knife, that will

cut through a wrist-thick sapling with one blow.  The curved knife is swung

hard, and the angle of the blade caused is to "slice" through what it hits.

 

   As you swing downward, the blade approaches the brush at an

angle of shear that multiplies its force.

 

All well and good, you might say?  What of it?  The Kukri is a much more  versatile survival tool than almost any other cutting edge.

 

You need to know that it will not replace an axe or hatchet, for felling small or large trees.  You may still need those in your kit.  What the Kukri does do is apply itself well to the kinds of brush-shearing-tree-limbing service you will need it for.  I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

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
 

 

 

Master Kukri index. As I first began to work with the Kukri, I began to write about it.  Have written so much about the Kukri, and my opinions and favorites have changed so much, this "master" index is needed.
 

You seem to have recommended two Kukris, which one do you mean? readers question

 

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Kukri Epoxy Handle Method  link

 

Most Current, Best source for any kukri, Internet  contains my comments and recommendations.

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What follows are my first pages written about the Kukri.  For a simple overview, before you start reading them, You may want to read this Simple Overview, called New Kukri Index, then come back here.

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Important, Read this Warning !

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Two Kukris that ARE better than the first ones I bought - sources and evaluations from four months after the start of this web page.

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Two Kukris that ARE better than the first ones I bought

 

What My First Kukri Looked Like

 

Kukri Religiosity  Removing the Dedication to false gods.

 

The Khukuri,  Edge of myths & legends   Tilak Sunar

 

Origin of the Kukri

 

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Trimming the side branches was even easier. As you swing it, the curved blade of the Kukri both “chops and slices” at the same time. Very efficient.
 

(Since writing the above I found the knife is made from spring steel.)
 

To quote one web site: "Quite simply, the Kukri is one of the best fighting / survival knives of its size. It can cut with the power of a hatchet, but also be used for skinning or fine carving. Many users consider them stronger and safer than hatchets.
 

I would post-script to say that the Kukri Blade is much more "fluid" in the wood than any hatchet.

 

Paul

 

A Few Words On Sharpening

 

My "Kukri" section from the "What You May Need"  file.  Further information, more pictures, another, smaller, Highly Recommended Hunting Knife-Kukri from Imus Plus for $15 plus shipping.

 

Text File about the Military Use of a Kukri- (bloody, graphic)

 

Basic Sketches about Making a Kukri   Some scans and dimensioned drawings and a PDF file that will yield an actual sized pattern.

 

 Link to page with internet sites for the Kukri Knife

 

Two Kukris that may be better than the first ones I bought

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This is a good knife, with good features.  However, some problems have arisen as I worked with this particular brand and cost-range Kukri Knife.  Converting it for field use was the way I went with mine:  Consider these articles:

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Under this link section are conclusions which should be read- click this line-  Paul

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If  you  Buy  a  Kukri  With  a  Black  Sheath  Warning    (Article)

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Kukri Sheath Strap Some Kukris, with a very good blade, come with a very thin, inadequate strap, to hang them on the belt.  This HTM file gives details on how to re-make them.

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Converting a Kukri to a Field Knife

 

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1) "M 40" Web Link about converting a Kukri to a Field Knife

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

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"Disk only"  link to  "M 40s"  article , above

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2) Second "M 40" Web Link about converting a Kukri to a Field Knife

http://www.m4040.com/Survival/Ghurka/Kukri_mod2.htm

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Disk only link to second article     Same as above article

 

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Notes and pictures as I convert my Kukris as in above articles

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Two Kukris that ARE better than the first ones I bought

 

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Another Important Survival Knife, the ULU

 

Important, Read this Warning !

 

 

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As I first began to work with the Kukri, I began to write about it.

Have written so much about the Kukri, and my opinions and favorites have changed so much, this "master" index is needed.  By no means complete, hope it leads to some clarity. 

New Kukri 2006 May. htm Latest format changes

You have recommended two Kukris, which one do you mean?

2005 Recommended Kukri, Supercedes others- Kukri Service

2004 Recommended Best Kukri, Superceded by the above

"Newest" overall Kukri intro page

my first web pages about the Kukri.

Kukris With Curses? 

Important, Read this Warning !

Kukri Epoxy Handle Method  link

The best shape to modify a Kukri Handle to

Knife Sharpening, retaining the "Slicing Edge."

There is an audio file I recorded about the Kukri Knife, under this link

Large picture of three Kukris re-worked, "final" form

1) "M 40" Web Link about converting a Kukri to a Field Knife

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

"Disk only"  link to  "M 40s"  article , above

 

2) Second "M 40" Web Link about converting a Kukri to a Field Knife

http://www.m4040.com/Survival/Ghurka/Kukri_mod2.htm

Disk only link to second article     Same as above article

 

Notes and pictures as I convert my Kukris as in above articles

 

What My First Kukri Looked Like

Kukri Religiosity  Removing the Dedication to false gods.

The Khukuri,  Edge of myths & legends   Tilak Sunar

Origin of the Kukri

 

Other Kukri links- browsing can be fun.  I wrote these as they came up, and need to find the files again, myself.  Some repetition of above. 

Listed by the folders they are in on my disks

 

---- A word on Sunday ---------------------------------------

what_you_may_need.htm

20040404 Sunday.htm  first articles on the kukri

Better_Kukris.htm

genuine_gurkha_kukri.htm

black_comes_off_Imus_Kukri.htm

Blade_Safety_by_Singularity.htm

Collectable Bayonets.htm archived web page lists Kukri like very first one

words_on_sharpening.htm

Kukri_Imus_Initial_view.htm

Kukri_Question_Justin.htm

Kukri_Religiosity.htm

Kukri_Sheath_Strap.htm

Kukri_what_may_need.htm

newkukrindex.htm

Origin of the Kukri.htm

SALVATION PRAYER.htm

Source_By_The_Sword.htm

sources_for_kukri_knife.htm

TF_Military_knives_Kukri.htm

Warning_Kukri.htm

Why the Kukri.htm

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Kukri_Ceremonial.htm

Ceremonial_Kukri_Evaluation_Add.htm

Kukri_Cer_Handle_Change.htm

Kukri_Ceremonial_Sheath.htm

Kukri_Cer_Handle_Change2.htm

Kuk_Cer_Cut_index.htm Pictures of the first use of the ceremonial kukri.

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kukri_cold_blue.htm

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Kukri_conversion_notes_2004.htm

Kukri_remake _continued_June_2004.htm

Kukri_Pattern_June_2004.pdf

restating_my_original_recommenda.htm

use_warning.htm

 

---- Kukri Dimensions ---------------------------------------------

basic_sketches_on_making_a_kukri.htm

Kukri Dimensions.pdf

Kukri_Patterns_April2005.pdf

Kukri_Patterns_Produce_April2005.pdf

 

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Kukri_Epoxy_Handle_Method.htm

Kukri_Epoxy_Handle_Method.mht

Kukri_Epoxy_Handle_Method.pdf

 

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Kukri_Handles_2005.htm

Kukri_Epoxy_Handle_Method 2005 .htm

 

--- Kukri Sheath -------------------------

Kukri_sheath_remake.htm

 

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Kukri_Field_Modify.pdf

Kukri_Handle_Shape_Best.htm

Kukri_Service.htm  one I recommend the most

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