In those times when men were men and any problem could easily be solved in a duel, no guy could afford to roam without a proper knife. But everything has changed since then – and now, instead of causing the offender on the battlefield, you are trying to somehow resolve the situation with words. Nevertheless, the presence of an acute argument on your side will not be superfluous. Guided by this simple thought, we decided to tell you about knives for survival. Kukri knife are perfect for this objective: just imagine that you may found yourself in a difficult situation, for example lost in forest.
For those travelers who consider a machete a bit too big and simple a knife is not enough, there is a knuckle knife or Kukri knife. In fact, it’s not even a knife, but a kind of functional mixture between a tomahawk, a knife and a machete. Carbon steel blades are easy to sharpen to shaving sharpness.
Why it Helps to Survive
Kukri (khukuri, khukri) is the national weapon of the Gurkha tribe in Nepal. This is one of the oldest types of knives, which has not changed much over time. Traditionally, the blade is made of steel, it has a crescent shape with a sharpening on the concave side. The handle is made of wood or bone. Kukri is designed so that the blow was as strong as possible.
The center of gravity of the kukri is shifted to the point. Kukri was used by soldiers as a cutting weapon, it was easy enough for this purpose. At present, the Nepalese police is armed with kukri, and depending on the model, it is used for economic or ritual purposes. Kukri knives help a lot to travelers and in case of survival need. There are many kukri models that differ in weight, size and shape of the blade.
How to Choose
Making a Kukri knife takes a lot of time and effort. These blades, like thousands of years ago, are made by hand, made of carbon steel. The process of their production includes several stages.
First, you need to choose the right metal for making a knife. Modern Nepalese masters use for this purpose spring plates from decommissioned trucks or buses. Then the workpiece is forged manually, while the metal is freed from various harmful impurities. Forging is a continuous process, and it lasts until the steel is completely ready. After that, the future knife is given such a characteristic as “pterygoid” shape – its bending is forged. The hardening of the blade is also made by old method: by repeatedly heating (until the metal turned red) and cooling in water.
In Nepal, a large number of kukri models are made, differing in size, weight, and geometry of the blade. Like any national knife, it has no strict standards.