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Old 08-03-2011, 12:49 PM
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I'm looking to buy a new Kukri. What would you guys suggest?

Looking for:
High Quality
Inexpensive
Lightweight
Durable / Reliable
Will keep a sharp edge
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Let me first ask why a kukri?

I definitely don't recommend the Cold Steel stuff. It is over priced for what it is. Maybe Ka-bar, but I have been pleased by similarly priced items, which are high quality from other makers.

It isn't a Kukri, but it is damn good and by that I mean the SP-52. I have one and I will upload a review and test I did of it. I just need the time to up it.
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I always think it's funny when people list like 10 requirements for a piece of gear and include "inexpensive".

You can't get something for nothing unless you're on the dole.

My suggestion is to fine a kukri you really like and save up for it, OP.
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5160 spring steel kukri made in nepal

you wont find a light one unless you get a cheap ameri/chinese thin one.

for a good one from nepal look at spending 120+
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They don't have to be expensive to be quality gear. I bought mine from Windlass Steelcrafts - the official government contractor for the kukri and cost me £40.



http://www.windlass.com/c-60-kukris-and-machetes.aspx
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They don't have to be expensive to be quality gear. I bought mine from Windlass Steelcrafts - the official government contractor for the kukri and cost me £40.



http://www.windlass.com/c-60-kukris-and-machetes.aspx
40 pounds ain't cheap.

Then again, everyone's definition of cheap is different, I suppose.
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I went from a BOHICA kukri for $13 (bent the tip) to a Cold Steel Kukri for $20. I'll stick by that CS blade np after I sharpened up the blade. It has suited me just fine when I carry a large blade. And, I've beathen the crap out of it several times and it keeps right on trucking for me.

Just find a blade you really like and stick with it. It'll be a personal case of trial and error. I've seen expensive machine and hand made knives snap in two, and I've seen cheap-o knives hold up for several decades.
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The Windlass Khukri's can often be found for $20-40 but they often do not have an edge on them and it is left to the end user to finnish the sharpening. This is probably the cheapest actual Khukri and I've often considered getting one just haven't.
The Ontario Knife Company made a Khukri (not sure if they do anymore) out of .25" thick 1095 for a while that seems to get good reviews and it's blade style and thickness are pretty close to an original. This one last I saw was on Ebay for $80. Heard that the scabbard realy sucks.
The one I actualy own and use is the Kabar Khukri, it is 11" of 1085 steel hardened to 54-55 HRC if I remember correctly. This one is thinner than a regular Khukri and has a swedge at the tip of the blade that actualy gives it a nice point if you had to stab something. I also realized the other day that there is an unsharpened area just forward of the handle that allows you to choke up on the blade for more detailed work such as feather sticks. This one the scabbard is ok but some have reported slicing through it after time has passed.
The reason that the Kabar is not hardened to 60HRC like some knives is simple, it's a chopping tool and a chopper too hard is more prone to shipping instead of simple deformation. I haven't had any issues with the blade on mine and they can generaly be found for less than $60.
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Himalayan Imports

For cheap, check blems/daily specials posting under their section on bladeforums.
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They don't have to be expensive to be quality gear. I bought mine from Windlass Steelcrafts - the official government contractor for the kukri and cost me £40.



http://www.windlass.com/c-60-kukris-and-machetes.aspx
I have one like that. I've had it for a while and have used it for land clearing and even light wood splitting. It sharpens with a file, meaning it is not hardened.

I ground the lumps in the middle of the handle off, and polished the blade up a bit.

My ultimate plan for my Kukri is something like this.
http://www.m4040.com/Survival/Ghurka...dification.htm

But probably with a cow hide sheath.
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Himalayan Imports

For cheap, check blems/daily specials posting under their section on bladeforums.
ditto

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/fo...alayan-Imports

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The best is linked here:
follow the thread and U will get quite the education about this style of knife
http://www.jayfisher.com/Khukris_Fin...om.htm#Khukris
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Himalayan Imports has an amazing range of kukris and they go all the way from plain choppers to one you'd wear to your wedding when you're going to marry a Nepalese princess. It could happen. Prices seem reasonable and I've heard nothing but good things about their products.
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I believe Kabars take on the Kukri is amazing, also the reviews on amazon outshine all others.
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The best is linked here:
follow the thread and U will get quite the education about this style of knife
http://www.jayfisher.com/Khukris_Fin...om.htm#Khukris
I cringed reading that
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I'm looking to buy a new Kukri. What would you guys suggest?

Looking for:
High Quality
Inexpensive
Lightweight
Durable / Reliable
Will keep a sharp edge
Why don't you just ask for a free one?

It's not hard to find a quality model. They are not cheap nor lightweight. It's a durable design with lots of power. It will be a little tricky to sharpen because of the blade design.
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A real one from NEPAL otherwise your wasting your money.
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I believe Kabars take on the Kukri is amazing, also the reviews on amazon outshine all others.
In the review did they decapitate anybody? If not I would still recommend an authentic one. military grade. There is no substitute. lol and its cheaper.

And in my opinion that site is completely off base. I do agree that the sheath sucks. I made a Kydex. I have used one in the field and you would have to be an idiot to think you can improve on the design of the blade or the handle. It's a fighting knife that doubles as field knife and is a dominate no spin throwing knife in its original configuration something that has evolved over hundreds of years really should be left alone. In my humble opinion.
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