- Dec 5, 2021
The FAQ states "The addition of a Karda and Chakmak is $10 usd." Can anyone post photos of examples of the Karda and Chakmak?
From my very brief time handling the k&c in pictures above (by no means is this an expert opinion)...
I think you could remove half the max tail width (~2cm -> ~1cm) to keep it thinner if less bulk is your goal. You would probably lose the pretty eye on the butt of the handle that matches the khukuri, but you could still keep the fish ail in profile.
I was surprised at how well the butt rested on my curled ring or pinky (depending on whether I was gripping with two or three fingers.
The upward point of the fish tail keeps me from a full grip (but... I'm not sure you would really need to grip a k/c hard). You might consider trying to keep the fish tail point from bending up on handles that end inside the hand?
The downward point and general swell at the end are very useful at registering the handle in the fingers.
I have other two or three finger knives, and the better feeling ones (a small frame-lock flipper folder and a nagao hignokami friction folder) have cutouts in the profile that also help register a finger.
I briefly held a cursive before it was handed off to the intended gift recipient... And I think the shape of the handle profile would also work well at seating it in the palm for a smaller knife like a karda too, if you explore a cursive style karda.
Two other things that came to mind when thinking about thinning down the bulk, and possibly some more unusual (and maybe not very viable) ideas...
- I think the chakmak could be replaced by a hardened marlin spike (not as sharp as an awl, for working knots). You should still be able to use that for truing the edge, and you may still be able to retain sparking if the whole spike isn't rounded, maybe. The spine of the traditional sheath (or frog) and western leather sheaths mostly seem to have a place a loop to hold a marlin spike or ferro rod out of the way. But a spike should be pretty easy to slip in other places too.
- The first thing I thought of when thinking of compact knives/accessories are the old higonokami type of simple friction folder with folder sheet metal for the handle. I have a few, and I love how simple and compact they are. The general style is not strictly higonokami... I believe there is a well known french knife of the type (douk douk?). Tod Cutler has some reproductions of ~medieval or slightly newer simple friction folders of that general type. I think a very compact karda (and chakmak) could possibly be made with a folded brass/steel/copper sheet. Maybe a bend in the handle would work (possibly with a small forming jig) to follow the blade shape and echo the handle bends in khukuris. A bit of a fish tail and possibly an inner cut out to give a good finger register. The sheet metal should be good for custom engravings and variations too.
I meant to sketch out what I was thinking, but I didn't quite get around to it.... Hopefully my words describe the ideas well enough, but I can sketch them up a bit if you want.
I'd be particularly interested if Kailash decided to try out a higonokami style karda or small knife.