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Scratchammo 06-17-2012 10:13 PM

Which kukri would you rather use for self defense?
 
Which would you think you'd rather have in a fight? They're all from Himalayan Imports.

16.5" 1.5 lb. Chiruwa Ang Khola
http://yhst-7333098713883.stores.yahoo.net/changkh.html

16.5" 1.5 lb. WWII
http://yhst-7333098713883.stores.yahoo.net/165inchwwii.html

18" 1.25-1.5 lb. Sirupati
http://yhst-7333098713883.stores.yahoo.net/18inchsirupati.html

18" 18 ounce Kobra
http://yhst-7333098713883.stores.yahoo.net/18inchkobra.html

15" 1.25 lb. British Army Service
http://yhst-7333098713883.stores.yahoo.net/brarse1.html

W. C. Quantrill 06-18-2012 01:02 AM

Those you list are huge knives. I have a kukri that my buddy in Afghanistan sent me. He got it in Kathmandu, at the place where they make them, while on a walk-about. This one he sent me is the standard issue Army knife of about 10.5 inches blade length and it is a lot of knife.

The Brit Army Service knife claims to be better quality than that issued to the troops, I dont know what that means. The standard issue blades are forged and ground from truck springs, then heat treated and polished. You can get the same size knife from the Kukri House in Kathmandu for about $40. They are the makers of the official Army knives and where mine came from.

Dillinger 06-18-2012 01:18 AM

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Funny you should ask. I am in the middle of doing a set of tests and a write up on this one that I had made to my own "Western" size designs by a Kami from Kuhkuri House.

This thing is a BEAST!!

Scratchammo 06-18-2012 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by W. C. Quantrill (Post 839618)
Those you list are huge knives. I have a kukri that my buddy in Afghanistan sent me. He got it in Kathmandu, at the place where they make them, while on a walk-about. This one he sent me is the standard issue Army knife of about 10.5 inches blade length and it is a lot of knife.

The Brit Army Service knife claims to be better quality than that issued to the troops, I dont know what that means. The standard issue blades are forged and ground from truck springs, then heat treated and polished. You can get the same size knife from the Kukri House in Kathmandu for about $40. They are the makers of the official Army knives and where mine came from.

Thanks for the info. There are two issues though one is the shipping cost would nearly double the price & two, HI makes lefty scabbards.

W. C. Quantrill 06-18-2012 01:25 AM

typically the knife is worn on the left side and drawn, crossdraw, with the right hand....maybe that is why.

Scratchammo 06-18-2012 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Dillinger (Post 839629)
Funny you should ask. I am in the middle of doing a set of tests and a write up on this one that I had made to my own "Western" size designs by a Kami from Kuhkuri House.

This thing is a BEAST!!

Nice! I'll look forward to the results.

Dillinger 06-18-2012 01:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Scratchammo (Post 839632)
one is the shipping cost would nearly double the price

Mine was $151 shipped to my door. About $36 of that was shipping. Considering the ability to create damage/havoc with this thing, the dollar cost far out paces other, more commercial knives that can be had here in the States.

For what it's worth....

JD

Scratchammo 06-18-2012 01:39 AM

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Originally Posted by W. C. Quantrill (Post 839636)
typically the knife is worn on the left side and drawn, crossdraw, with the right hand....maybe that is why.

Yep, I've stood watch with Gurkhas that wear it that way.

Dillinger 06-18-2012 01:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Scratchammo (Post 839656)
Nice! I'll look forward to the results.

Early results are the thing is like swinging a broadsword at a match stick house... LOL

Benning and I both got one and did some testing over the past couple of month.
Dry wood is no contest. The big, thick blade bites hard and deep, even cross grain, and the full tang keeps from transferring much if any vibration to the user. Green bamboo, about the size of a nickel, was whacked in two without a ton of effort. There was a minimal amount of "tearing" on the far edge of the green bamboo, but for penetration and cutting ability it was mute. Clearing a path through basic grass, blackberries and small branches will leave you sweaty, but with an easy to navigate trail.

The steel is very basic, as is tradition. They basically pull leaf springs from old cars and trucks, heat and pound the crap out of them to form the shape. As such you have to heavily oil the steel to keep it from rusting, but sharpening the steel with just a stone is quite easy. It won't allow you a scalpel edge to perform surgery with, but it will give you an edge that can cut deep and create one hell of a wound channel.

My goal is to get a pig head again and test the ability of the blade to get to the brain as would be needed in a zombie situation. If it performs as I expect, I think this thing will be moved right to the head of the class for blades in a SHTF situation. :cool:

JD

Scratchammo 06-18-2012 01:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Dillinger (Post 839675)
Early results are the thing is like swinging a broadsword at a match stick house... LOL

Benning and I both got one and did some testing over the past couple of month.
Dry wood is no contest. The big, thick blade bites hard and deep, even cross grain, and the full tang keeps from transferring much if any vibration to the user. Green bamboo, about the size of a nickel, was whacked in two without a ton of effort. There was a minimal amount of "tearing" on the far edge of the green bamboo, but for penetration and cutting ability it was mute. Clearing a path through basic grass, blackberries and small branches will leave you sweaty, but with an easy to navigate trail.

The steel is very basic, as is tradition. They basically pull leaf springs from old cars and trucks, heat and pound the crap out of them to form the shape. As such you have to heavily oil the steel to keep it from rusting, but sharpening the steel with just a stone is quite easy. It won't allow you a scalpel edge to perform surgery with, but it will give you an edge that can cut deep and create one hell of a wound channel.

My goal is to get a pig head again and test the ability of the blade to get to the brain as would be needed in a zombie situation. If it performs as I expect, I think this thing will be moved right to the head of the class for blades in a SHTF situation. :cool:

JD

Sweet! Thanks for the info. That'd be an awesome shtf blade!


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