Which kukri would you rather use for self defense?

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by Scratchammo, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    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
     
  2. W. C. Quantrill

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    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.
     

  3. Dillinger

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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!!
     

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  4. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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

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

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    Nice! I'll look forward to the results.
     
  7. Dillinger

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    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
     
  8. Scratchammo

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

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    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
     
  10. Scratchammo

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

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    Go here and look around. You can design your own and they will make it to spec in about 4 to 6 weeks.

    http://www.khukurihouseonline.com/

    Ours are spec'd at an 18" blade, six inch handle and weigh in at about 1260 grams (about 2.75 pounds of steel and bone handle). I had a Cold Steel Carbon V version a few years ago and I would take this one over that knock off any day of the week.

    JD
     
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  12. Marlinman

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    I have one made by my mentors son. Its made out of a 35 gallon drum ends he folded together w a hammer and his forge. Its got a 16" blade w a 6.5" handle. Its ¼" thick and weighs 2.5 lbs. The grips are made from cape Buffalo calf bone. It will shear through a car door like butter and split an oak 4x4 14" long like its nothing. That's hitting it on the end corner to corner diagonally.
     
  13. Scratchammo

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    2.75 pounds!? That's nearly a sacrificial! I'd probably have to tinker with a few first to decide on a spec.
     
  14. Scratchammo

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    :eek: I guess there really is a mystique about them!
     
  15. Marlinman

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    Damn skippy. Iv cut elks heads off w mine and sheared the legs off above the elbow joint w just one swing. On a different note the front sight's working awesomely scratch;)
     
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  16. Dillinger

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    Benning and I discussed the intended use and we went heavy with a couple of thoughts in mind.

    Regardless of what Walking Dead would have you believe, the human head is one of the hardest bones in the human body. If you can't crack it, or penetrate it with your primary bladed weapon, what use is it carrying it around?

    The second is a thin, quick, slicing blade like a rapier or a fillet knife isn't going to give you a wound channel that could cause massive bleed out and when it hits bone, it's neutralized. With a heavy, massive blade, when it hits, it creates a crater down to the bone and sinew, ligaments and hoses like arteries and veins will be gushing blood.

    Now, I'm not a small guy. I am over 6 foot and over 240 lbs. Benning is a bit smaller, but he is also more of a heavy lifter given his chosen profession. A machete, with it's thin blade, wobbly, ineffective cutting against serious matter, just isn't going to do you any good in a real fight against a vicious animal or a human.

    Our Kukri's were designed on the need to penetrate and leave a massive wound channel. The full tang and spine are roughly 3/8" of an inch thick from tip to base of the handle. Once this thing gets going, it is a juggernaut and it will definitely cause massive trauma that will require immediate medical attention that could include a chipped or even broken bone.

    It's a one handed weapon that with training, can be used to deliver a killing blow. Something that can not be done with a thin, light blade like a chef's knife, a fishing knife or a 6" tanto from company X

    When you see some more of the tests I have done, the effectiveness of the blade versus various materials, you are going to be contacting Kuhkri House and spec'ing out your own version. ;)

    People who have been here for a while know my reviews, they know I put stuff through real world tests and I report what we find out. I also don't buy cheap and in-effective crap or gimmicks. This blade is the real deal. It's heavy, but I can guarantee you, it will cause more damage than you can possible imagine. :cool:

    JD
     
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  17. Dillinger

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    These blades are massively spiritual in the Nepalese culture! Every year a ritual is done to insure a healthy harvest, it's a sacrifice of a bull or a goat, by beheading and the chosen one is given a specialized kuhkuri.

    The blade is blessed, the Chosen One undergoes a fast and has HUGE pressure on him because if he blows the job, his family - his entire family - is ostracized and basically shunned out of public acceptance.

    They take this ceremony VERY seriously and the Kami who creates this blade is always the eldest, most experienced and "Godly" blacksmith in the region.

    This video is not easy to watch - but if you want to see the power of one of these blades, here you go....

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8jbNn1b3xc[/ame]
     
  18. kytowboater

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    Now that's a KNIFE!!
     
  19. unclebear

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    from what I understand the kukri is used by them like a hatchet and a knife. With the thick tang and the heavy weight of the blade it can be used for anything you would really need in the woods that can be done with a hatchet. That being said just from the damn weight of the blade if you had to use it as a fighting knife you would do some serious damage with solid hit on any part of the body, just because it would be like getting hit with a small axe.

    I have one that I bought it looks just like the WWII model, and I can vouch that it will split fire wood all day long, and even take off a deer's leg.
     
  20. Scratchammo

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    Wow!! Now I want one even more!
    Glad it helped :D My new one is working great as well.