Survival Primer No Image

Kurkri Field Knife Patterns

The best gear in your inbox

All the tips you'll need to get started in Urban Survival:

We'll only use your email address for our newsletter and respect your privacy

Kukri Patterns and a discussion of how to possibly make one. The kukri is a smallish, usually eighteen inch-or-less field knife. The cutting action is enhanced because the angle of the blade presents the power of a chop with the action of a slice. These pages attempt to give some life-sized kukri drawings. If the next couple of pages are printed, from the Adobe format, with no margins, you should get life-sized patterns.

What I did was either scan the kukri itself, or made a line-tracing of the kuri, and scanned that. The resulting two-page pictures were taped back together and compared with the original, until I got a replica.

kukri complete knife

The following pattern had to have the upturned end on the tip removed, That upturn made it impossible to remove the kukri from its sheath, with any ease. The handles now have a thinner center, top and bottom. The inner, raised rings of wood were removed. The next two pages are the full-sized pattern for that first Kukri Knife, followed by some not-to-scale pictures.

kukri handle

The only change I would presently make in the above kukri handle, as of April, 2005, would be to reduce the diameter of the center section, more. The effect would be to Increase the curve, making the handle much narrower at the center. I prefer a wider part at the base and top of the handle.

kukri pattern and measurements

Kukri Pattern The Kukri-Parang that I bought in 2004 has become an invaluable survival knife. The files in this PDF document will allow it to be reproduced. Some people like to make their own knives. After printing these out, I compared them to the original, for size. They matched. The Pictures on the following two pages reprint to full size to match the size and shape of my current Kukri- with the re-worked blade.

The handle was enlarged to about ten-percent larger, in the computer, to make the whole knife about three-quarters-to-one-inch-or-so-longer. The handle is also ten-per-cent wider, making it easier to use, and maybe more comfortable. The steel of the knife is almost a quarter-of-an-inch thick. Hardness is such that the blade can be worked with a file. I would cut out the white part that divides the pictures in the blade, and paste them on to some thin wood.

From there you can cut the wood to the pattern, and keep it around. As an extra, the second page is printed twice, with some improvements to the guard you might want to make. It is only a sketch, and you will want to round it, or shape it, or something.

Included on the same page is another rough picture of someone else’s handle for a Kukri. Actually, as I went on, I added some other handle ideas for a kukri knife. Of course, feel free to re-draw the handle or blade, as you may wish. View them here.