- Mar 7, 2014
Can I start paying for one in installments? Say, $50.00 a month? How's about an entire whitetail worth of sausage for barter?
Yeah, I wasn't really sure if it was the angle/perspective of the photo or not.I like that design, but it's not really a khukuri. It looks a lot like a tamang knife, because it doesn't have enough of a forward bend to be a khukuri.
Here's an H.I. tamang knife:
Differential heat treat on this one?
I've always respected the way the master kami and his apprentices in nepal will use a bed of charcoal and a pot of water to pull off just the right tempering and come to a perfect product.
Respecting the strength of the CPK process and your design, I hope some elements can be preserved because a khukuri is so much more than a knife. Do your thing and keep Nepalese spirit in mind!
A2 is a air hardening steel so no differential hardening on this guy. The CPK will feature CPM 3V, I assume, with the Delta protocol.
Differential hardening is required in Nepal, where these are made in a more or less traditional procedure, due to the method itself and the tools at hand. A lot of the makers there don't have the luxury of 2x72 variable speed grinders and heat treat ovens. I find it amazing how they pump out these consistently beautiful khukuris working in their bare feet, inside a tin shack, with a hole filled with charcoal and a teapot while a guy with all the best tools may not be able to make anything that compares even once in his life.
The khukuri is my favourite style, and I love reading about the history and all the speculation and mythology about it. To the present, these edged weapons are still deployed among professional soldiers. I'm giving nods to certain traditions surrounding the general structure of the khukuri. Having had dozens and dozens of khukuris pass through my hands, and about a dozen different types used over the years, there are some issues with the traditional approach that will not be issues with this version. Also, I have to be sensitive to CPK's unique but spartan styling and not sacrifice performance for flair or nostalgia.
There is no tool that performs better for its weight for what I specialize in than the khukuri. The tremendous shearing action of a perfect strike always puts a smile on my face. I think of the mechanical advantage produced by the dropped forward edge kind of like how an atlatl works. It's a delicate balance dropping that edge- if things are in the wrong place and/or the weight is not distributed well, you'll have a khuk that will deliver so much torque under an oblique hit that you could hurt yourself.
Well, I’ve been kicking myself for passing up a Busse KillaZilla at a screaming deal for years, this knife should cure that regret.
A Kuk in D3V made by a collaborative effort from LA and the NC is something that I won’t pass up.
that Busse definitely got my attention when I first saw one, (online). At that time, I don't think there were any khukuris out there utilizing top shelf steel and made in N. America. There are a number of things I couldn't really get past wrt that knife, so I never sought one out, not that I could really afford one anyway, but I was always so curious as to how it would work. After having used so many Nepalese khukuris that broke, were uncomfortable, or whose steel's performance was meh, it's always been a dream of mine to develop a contemporary bush knife based on that proven shape.
I did get that opportunity within the past couple of years. Salem Straub of Promethean Knives made a khukuri to my specifications. It's one of the most used, most solid performers in my arsenal of high performance knives, which consists almost entirely of CPKs. The material is 80CRV2, and it's the ang khola type