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Imus-Plus Kukri, Initial views

Please Note That the more I see of this knife, the more I like it.   Will add to the file as I use the knife more.  I entirely recommend it as a field knife.


Following pictures give you an idea of the scale of the knife.  The large Kukri is like the one I first bought, also called a K45. 


They say that the Gurkas have small hands, and the handle on this knife is short, for most people.



You can grip forward, on to the dull part of the blade, and use the knife effectively.


The blade is shipped with a completely dull edge.  You will need to take a file to it, for quite a while. Have not yet done that, so there are no notes on how it cuts, or chops.  I can surmise from other experience, with similar sized knives.

Looking at this knife, I say it would NOT work very well for serious chopping.  (You could chop small stuff with it.)

The knife looks like it would be very good for large-game butchering.  One could slice, chop, and break the ribs with it. The two small knives come completely blunt, but they would work for skinning of small animals, or detailed work, after sharpening.

I would say that this knife would work well for working a walking stick, for general camp craft, and processing plant material.  It is much lighter and smaller than the first one I bought, which is much more like a machete.

If you wanted to plunge, with a knife, as in combat, this Imus-Plus model would work well, better than the big one.  I would say it is worth the money, if you can either sharpen it yourself, or have it sharpened.



Second day with this knife, notes.  I want to upgrade my recommendation. 

Closer look shows that the knife will be very useful in the field, as a chopper and a scraper or whatever.   The steel on this smaller Kukri is three-sixteenths of an inch thick, or just under a quarter of an inch in thickness.  The relatively "flat" profile of the blade makes it strong, and durable, and easy to sharpen.  The steel was easy to work, with a file, as all the Kukris have been, that I have seen so far.  Shiny though it is, the metal is Really high-carbon steel, and will take a wonderful edge.  (The shine comes from really a really long buffing period.)

 The small handle is easily gripped if you go on to the first section of the blade, as in the picture, above.  You may want to smooth the "points" at the base of the handle, for more comfort.

I like the knife for many uses, including the inside curve, which starts out thick, when the ship it.  If one works that are to an edge, with the file, they will have a most useful tool.

Most people think that they can use a regular hunting knife for chopping, but they can not.  Though not as large as what I call the K45, this smaller knife does "chop" very well, for its size.  Turns out to be much more useful for any kind of camp use you can think of.  For the fifteen dollars, plus shipping, I would rate this knife as the best one I have for general camping / survival, use.


Third Notation about the Imus Kukri

I cut up a tomato today with the Kukri.  The Kukri cut the tomato into slices, easily.  (Note that the knife takes a razor-sharp edge, when sharpened with a file.)  You start the cut, and the blade naturally "rocks" as it glides.  You don't think about the size of the knife, as you use it.


I can see that the Kukri shape was designed for usefulness, by people who live "in the wild."  The large "belly" on the knife forms a natural angle, for cutting.  The curve of the knife indicates it will work well in processing all kinds of food. 


The over-all shape of the blade points to general, and varied, usefulness.  The area around the stem of the tomato, after slicing, needed to be removed. I easily did so with the point of the knife.


Using the knife on a tomato is a good indication of how the utensil might work with other normal-sized articles.  Looks like it would be good for cutting up fish, too.  This kukri is not designed for necessarily slashing at brush, as the larger K45 is, but as a kitchen, or kitchen-in-the-wild knife, I think you will like it.



Be warned that the black color on the sheath of the Kukri Knife sold at Imus Plus comes off when wet.

As an artist, and a craftsman, I like making things with my hands. I like working with the Imus Plus knife, and it may be because it still needs finishing, when you buy it. The low price of the Kukri Knife, coupled with its unique shape, and usefulness make it a “good deal.”

Be warned that the black color on the sheath of the Kukri Knife sold at Imus Plus comes off when wet.

I got the sheath of my knife wet, when carrying it out to my truck, in the rain, this morning. When I got into the truck, there was black on my hand, where I had held the sheath between thumb and first finger. Taking the index finger of my right hand, and rubbing the sheath with it, I found that the black color came off.

On the way in to work, I got some neutral shoe polish, and dabbed it on to the sheath, thinking to “fix” the color to the sheath. Left in on the dash, to dry. It did not work.

Seems that later, at work, I locked the knife in the tool box on the back of the truck. Taking it out later, I laid it on the wheel well. Apparently there was some moisture on the wheel well, from the rain, because when I picked it up, the black color was gone, where some water had gotten on the sheath.

The black die is not apparently die at all, but something like black water-color paint. If I had taken the knife camping, and gotten it any where around moisture, or worn it in the rain, there would have been black everywhere.

Now, to be sure, I still like the knife, and recommend it, and need to explain why. First, let me explain why I had the knife in the truck. Let’s also make sure you have “no surprises” if you buy one.

What I have been doing is processing the knife so that I will be better able to use it, “in the field.” First, I removed the brass tip from the end of the sheath, and filled the end of it with a black-color-epoxy-resin that I have.

Second, I sharpened the blade, with a file, and it took a razor sharp edge. It took quite a while, but I enjoyed it.

Third, I roughed up the slick plastic (may be bone?) handle, with some sandpaper. That was done so that the rough edges would be softened and it be given a non-slip grip.

I carried it in the truck, to work on in it during odd hours. Am a carpenter, and have sandpaper to work the handle with, in a box on the seat.

Working it, in the sun light, I found some small “voids” in the handle, particularly where the knife enters the brass guard-area. These were filled in with my black, two-part epoxy resin. If I am going to cut up fish, or other food, or use the Kukri to butcher meat, I do no want any place for such material to catch, and build up.

This morning, I placed it in the truck, again to work on it during “odd” moments. The temporary nature of the black on the sheath, when wet, became apparent. On of the reasons I work with a knife like this, is to discover problems I may have in the field.

I want to give the reader the strengths and weaknesses of this knife. I still like the knife, and converting it from “show knife” to “use knife” just takes a little work.

I think next to run the knife sheath under a faucet, and wipe off the “black,” with a sponge. From there, after drying, I will probably polish it with black shoe polish. A final coat of neutral shoe polish will “clear coat” it, so the black will not rub off.



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

2005 Recommended Kukri, Supercedes others- Kukri Service

Kukris With Curses? 

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

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


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


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



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


What My First Kukri Looked Like

  Removing the Dedication to false gods.

The Khukuri,  Edge of myths & legends   Tilak Sunar


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 ---------------------------------------

  first articles on the kukri

archived web page lists Kukri like very first one


Pictures of the first use of the ceremonial kukri.

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Kukri Dimensions.pdf




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Kukri_Service.htm  one I recommend the most