Originally Posted by sloher
I currently have all three Kukris by Cold Steel. Have found the San Mai III to be much heavier than the Sk5. Would I be wrong in selling the San Mai III and sticking with the SK5?
I only own the SK5 and am profoundly happy with it. I have not handled the San MaiIII yet, so it would be unfair for me to give you a definitive answer.
Points you should consider:
1. That extra weight can't be good for lugging that thing around over long distances.
2. Weight is also a factor if you wish to use it for firewood processing. It would help if all you were doing with it was splitting appropriately sized logs, but if you were doing a lot of light work, the extra weight would be a hinderance, causing more caloric usage for less work done.
3. The SK5 needs lubrication if in wet environs. I have to keep mine slathered up where I live. I don't mind this at all, as the ease of sharpening Carbon blades is well worth the extra work to me.
4. Back to weight... It would honestly be best to literally train basic Khukhri techniques with it to strengthen the upper body in order to help negate some of its bad qualities. Training, period, is good, with any blade you might use for self defense. But for blades that are heavier, it is necessary. There are vids on line that show the Ghurkhas going through (for lack of a better term) katas in which they slash, chop, and stab with it in certain sequences that should greatly improve your individual arm strength for wielding the Khukhri if done 20 - 30 minutes a day. Not to make a you a combat master, but to allow you to wield it with confidence and assurity.
I have not tried the one with the guard yet... I assume that is the 3rd one you mention?
So, if you need the money then yes, I say sell the San Mai. But if not, weigh the pros and cons and decide what fits your usage for that style blade better.