having no experience with kukris i really cannot say, but keep in mind that the handle of a kukri is a knife handle, not something that is likely to hit wood etc on a miss chop, like that first few inches just beneath an axe head.
also as a note; an axe poll is the hammer face at the opposite end of the edge. if you meant how would the base of the handle compare to the pounding face of an axe, then i would say that the knife will work far less well than the axe. if this was a misunderstanding of the term, then read above.
you also might have good luck posting this question over in the himalayan imports subforum on these boards.