Category: Knives

How to Get Money to Buy a Kukri Knife

How to Get Money to Buy a Kukri Knife

The Kukri (Khukri, Kukuri) – a brilliant work of Nepalese craftsmen. It was in Nepal that this knife was first created. This is one of the oldest types of cold steel that have survived to this day, practically unchanged. The kukri is included in the set of weapons of the invincible Gurkhas and was used in close combat, and also replaced the machete, sapper blade, knife, etc. Ex-Gurkha Khukuri House is the finest and largest maker of traditional and modern kukri in the world today.

Uniqueness of Kukri

The kukri blade has the shape of a wing of a falcon with a sharpening on the inside. Its blade has a variable angle of sharpening. Thanks to this,it  is ideally suited for cutting, chopping and piercing strokes. In addition, the blade also has hardening zone. And at the butt, the blade is softer than the edge of the blade.

Kukri is a knife of unsurpassed fighting qualities. There are cases when tribes of Nepalese Gurkha, armed exclusively with kukri, in their own way turned into an enemy armed with firearms.

Despite the fact that this is a big and heavy knife, they can perform even finer work than cutting a brushwood or clearing a place. For example, it perfectly copes with slicing salad or with the fillet of fish. And Nepalese cooks, with this knife in the kitchen, do just miracles. Quite often kukri knives are used when shooting militants and in computer games, since this knife looks on the screen very brightly and beautifully.

Good Souvenir and Kitchen Assistant

The kukri (khukuri) – a traditional Nepalese gun and weapons. These exotic knives are armed with simple Nepalese peasants and elite units of British Gurkhas and even some professional hunters for zombies. After them, kukri is used by inboard tourists. Therefore, if you are going to tour Nepal, be sure to buy such a knife-ax: if not for personal use, then as a souvenir for friends.

I would like to have such a knife in my kitchen very much since I am keen on preparing exotic dishes. Moreover I would like to master art of slicing fish fillet as a perfect chef. The problem is now I have limited budget because I need to pay mortgage  and utilities bills. I consider an option of taking a loan in the bank or borrow necessary amount from my friends. It is always sad when you have no extra money for the thing you dream about. But there are many ways to cope with this problem. And I believe that one day my relatives and friends will enjoy very delicious dishes with ingredients sliced by Kukri knife.

Present for a Real Man

Buy kukri for yourself and you will never regret the money spent! Present kukri to any man, and he will be infinitely grateful to you!

How the Kukri Knife is Made?

How the Kukri Knife is Made?

Kukri has been a traditional cold weapon of the Nepalese Gurkha tribe since the 19th century. This knife has a unique shape of blade – it is bent from top to the bottom, unlike a saber or a yataghan. It is considered that such form of a blade increase the force of strike by several times. On the other hand, the center of gravity of the knife is placed closer to a handle which is two-three times shorter than its edge. Kukri knives have been extremely popular within the Nepalese people and later gained popularity in other countries due to their multifunctional design and convenience.

Kukri Knife Production – Preparing the Steel

Before making a kukri knife one needs to choose a proper material for a blade. Carbonaceous steel is carefully selected, then weighed. Completed Kukri knife usually weighs from 500 to 1200 grams, but the weight of steel for its production always has to be more as in processing it loses weight due to compression.

After that, the necessary length of a blade with an allowance for steel compression is measured and cut off from the bigger piece. Then steel is heated, and after it becomes red-hot, it is forged off by the three-kilogram hammer with use of the sharp cutting torch on metal. Forging is usually conducted by two people within half an hour, this is enough to produce the steel knife or a proper quality.

Shaping the Blade

After that the steel is forged by two hammers synchronously. At this stage the steel is heated to the red-hot condition, and a bend is shaped. It is made by the 1,5 kg hammer – the blade is bended to the final condition.

After the blade has been shaped, the blood groove is made. The special groove which nestles on the edge of the blade is also forged by the hammer. The edge heats up again, and when soft, and the bar is being cut off leaving the necessary dredging.

Further, depending on a type of the knife, the pattern over the blood groove is created by a kilogram hammer.

Furnishing the Knife

The following stage is zonal hardening: the specified part of Kukri knife is being poured with cold water to provide additional durability to the blade. After that, the edge is sharpened and the wooden handle is fayed on a shaft with glue.

There is a traditional sharpening method for a Kukri knife: you should make a mixture of seven parts of river white sand,  1 part of glue and 1 part of usual sand. It is mixed and left for solidification. After that the hardened compound is applied on a round iron frame, set on a wheel, which then sharpens the edge of the knife. Due to special composition of steel used for production of kukri knives, this sandy mixture is the best for sharpening without damaging the steel. As the last step, the knife is polished with a leather strip (normally it is skin of a buffalo).

The Origin of Kukri Knives

The Origin of Kukri Knives

It is said that kukri knives are irreplaceable helpers in almost every sphere of our life – on a campaign, in the kitchen, in battle.

History or Mystery?

The history of kukri knives is shrouded in mystery. Someone believes that knives with a reverse bend hit Nepal with the Mongols. Others see it as a merit of Alexander the Great. The third group considers the kukri to be the closest relative of the Turkish scimitar.

But very few people know that the real home of the best modern knives Khukhri is Germany. The fact is that in Nepal the ideal material for the manufacture of knives can be found. However, in the 19th century, for the same purposes, they used rails from India and also no one complained.

Uniqueness

And in general, unlike the Japanese katana, Nepali khukuri has a much more popular “character.” It’s almost an ax, and unlike a sword is needed not only by a soldier in battle, but also by everyday peasant life. Such knives cut bamboo, clear trails in the jungle, cut the meat. The thickness of the butt is about 10mm, the weight is appropriate.

Pay attention to the figured notch at the base of the blade. It is called “cho” and is a long-standing stumbling block for connoisseurs of cold weapons. They invented a huge number of versions explaining the purpose of this element – fixing in the scabbard, capturing the knife of the enemy, the bloodstream. But the most plausible hypothesis is that such a recess protects the blade from the occurrence of cracks caused by high metal stress at cutting shocks on a solid target.

The Secret of Exclusivity

The whole secret of exclusivity, this type of weapon, lies in its reverse curvature of the blade and the cutting edge, sickle-shaped or S-shaped. Thanks to this, kukri, is best suited for applying the most powerful chopping blows.

The principle of blowing the blade of this knife is significantly different from the others due to the balance offset to its tip and the angle at which the cutting edge reaches the target. Physics is simple: when the blade is raised, potential energy is stored up the entire length of its cutting edge, and at the moment of lowering, this potential energy is converted into kinetic, also along the entire length. Due to this, the cutting process at each point takes place due to the stored local energy, and there is no need to transport energy along the entire cutting edge.

Kukri knives are so versatile. They can function as a smaller knife by using the narrower part of the blade, closest to the handle. The wider and heavier end of the blade, towards the tip, functions as an axe or a small shovel.