If you can find one, Get a Kukri knife. 

The Kukri shown in the picture was about thirty dollars.    When I bought it, the metal on the edge was very dull, and needed to be sharpened with a file.  It actually got sharper than almost any of my other knives, after a little work.  Seems that they make them from leaf springs from a jeep, or metal from railroad rails, or something like that.  Typically comes with a very high polish, which I buffed down on mine.  Ships with a wooden sheath, wrapped in leather.

The effect of this knife is strange, at first.  You have to pull it from the sheath in a curved fashion, to get it to come out.  Come to think of it, pulling it out is easy, getting it back in much harder. 

Something about the curve makes the cutting easier.  The angle makes the blade edge actually slice during the striking faze.  I can not quite describe it, but the effect is nice.  This small blade will do a lot of cutting, I am sure, and if you get such a blade you will find using it addictive.  Idea here is to give you a carry-able wood processing tool.

The Kukri was used by Gurka warriors, for combat use.  Stories are around of them just cutting up the enemy, running through the trenches, in the first world war.  At close quarters, a lethal weapon. 

An illustration of the way this knife works, occurs to me.  Image, for a minute, that you are using a large knife to chop through some meat, like a steak, or something.  That would take a large amount of force, and you would swing at it hard.  Now, imagine that you take a knife and cut across the top of the steak, and slice it.  That would take much less force than chopping it. 

The Kukri knife combines the two.  You swing with the force of a chop, and the effect of the blade, as it strikes is, more like the slicing action.  You can perhaps see what I mean.  Know that the action of the Kukri really has to be experienced to be appreciated.  I would choose it over any axe, hatchet, or machete I own.

Read on the disk only-convert a Kukri to a Field Knife   Very Good.   


Web Link to the same file on converting a Kukri to a Field Knife


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


Source on web for a Kukri  

Some may wish to know why I might order two, of such a knife.  From the Beginning, when I find gear that I actually want to use, have tried to purchased two of each, if I could find them.  That way, I have a spare, for use, or barter, or to give to one other person, or family, if they need it.  It is about all I can do, at my economic level, to help others.  Jesus is LORD.

   this link was added after this section was written.  Paul.


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