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Opinions on the Gurka kukri

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by Hermit_Knight, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. Hermit_Knight


    Mar 19, 2018
    Hello I have become interested in the cold steel gurka kukri in 0-1 steel. Has anyone got one and do you like it? Have you taken it out bush? It is fairly pricey where I am and I nearly just got the Kabar kurkri machete but maybe I should save for the cold steel.
  2. dingy


    Feb 19, 2008
    i have kabar1249 and coldsteel kukri both, and use them both.

    they are great for woods processing game.

    the 1249 has a better handle grip i think.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
  3. Mike Sastre

    Mike Sastre Custom Crafted Concealex Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 23, 1999
    I've used the Carbon V Gurkha Kukri and the San Mai III version. Both are excellent choppers.
  4. Daniel L

    Daniel L

    Nov 2, 1998
    I've owned and used the Cold Steel Gurhka and a variety of Himalayan Imports kukris... For pure looks and machining the CS is a beautiful piece of cutlery.

    But if you chop heavily or through thicker branches, the v-grind on the CS binds in the cut and you spend excess energy pulling it out.

    I'm contrast, the thick convex of a traditional kukri tends to throw big chunks and resists the binding effect.

    So ...buy one of you like it. But don't expect it to chop as well as a genuine kukri.
  5. Mike Sastre

    Mike Sastre Custom Crafted Concealex Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 23, 1999
    The San Mai III version has a convex edge and chops very very well.
  6. jdk1


    Apr 21, 2010
    There are many threads from the past about the Carbon V and SK-5 versions. I have an SK-5 China Doll version and it is superb. I have\have had many khukuri and, if I had to grab one to live with, it would be the CS Gurkha without question. I imagine the 0-1 version is even better. Maybe forum member Shortwinger will chime in. He's a big fan with a lot of khuk experience.
    Mike Sastre likes this.
  7. Mike Sastre

    Mike Sastre Custom Crafted Concealex Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 23, 1999
    I'm also very happy with the way my Carbon V performs. I've only used one Himalayan Imports kukri, but I would take either of my Cold Steel Gurkha Kukris over that one. Any of the CS SK-5 "China Dolls" are great performers for its given knife design.
  8. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Mine is an SK5 version, and like others have said I love mine. I am not a metal specialist by far but I "hilghly" doubt that anyone without a white coat and a laboratory could tell the difference in performance from one generation of Gurkha Kukri to the other. Whatever differences in Carbon V, SK5, VG10, and the new 0-1 have not shown up in reviews. You never hear anyone complaining that their SK5 doesn't hold an edge or my 0-1 snapped while I was chopping.

    What makes this a great blade/tool is its design. The length, weight, balance, feel, edge, and bevel are what makes this kukri special. But if you are a "metal guy" and love 0-1 just buy it and beat the hell out of it, if the edge isn't what you hoped for put it up for sale on the forum. Every one offered, regardless of steel or price, sells quickly regardless of price.
    Mike Sastre likes this.
  9. gtk4158a

    gtk4158a Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    I have one in my bug out bag and I really like it. Considering that it is fairly light weight, Sharpens easily and hold a edge well it fills its roll well. Its a pretty good chopper for kindling and does okay batoning. Also its one of those things that one doesnt like to think about but in a Fight this thing would be VERY brutal. The mere Sight of it would make someone think twice about approaching. Great deal considering all IMO.

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