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Who makes the best Kukuri?

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Surleyone, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Surleyone


    Sep 13, 2015
    Hi folks, Looking to add a kukri to my collection. Wondering if anyone out there has some advice on what to buy or avoid. Thanks
  2. bld522


    Feb 3, 2004
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  3. Surleyone


    Sep 13, 2015
    Thanks Now I just have to decide which one I want.
  4. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    With all the different types and models, saying you want a kukri is as open ended as saying you want a knife. What are you looking to do with the kukri? Light chopping, heavy chopping, martial arts, wall hanger, etc.?
  5. Barnack


    Oct 16, 2015
    I think the best kukri in terms of craftsmanship may be the Busse Combat Killa Zilla http://www.ebay.com/itm/Busse-Comba...opper-Survival-Knife-Never-Used-/331532695294 The only drawback is the weight - it weighs in at 32 oz. which is great for chopping wood but makes the KZ slow as a weapon unless you are built like a power lifter. I had a KZ and ended up selling it due to the weight issue. I have thought of getting the Busse Custom shop to make me a 5/32" version of the KZ which would make the weight more manageable compared to the 1/4" thick original.

    This looks like a good possibility too, although it weighs almost as much as the Busse KZ: http://www.zombietools.net/shop/vakra/

    Here is what the kukri is capable of in the hands of a guy who is not afraid to engage the enemy: http://www.floppingaces.net/2011/01/27/never-bring-a-kukri-to-a-gunfight/
  6. JayGoliath


    Mar 27, 2010
    What makes you want to get a khukuri?

    Have you try one at least?

    I recommend you go for a Sirupate and aim around 18-21" @ 17- 25 Oz. As time goes you should get a feel of what you want.
  7. bigghoss


    Jul 27, 2011
    Never played with a legit kukri but the Ontario Kukri and the new BK21 kukri are both great products.
  8. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Fox Knives of Italy makes some Fox Extreme Tactical Kukri with N690 stainless steel weighing just under a pound. About $150.

  9. kwackster


    Dec 23, 2005
    For me it's this Camping Kukri in differentially hardened 5160 steel from Tora Blades in England.
    Bought it in 2009 and it's still in use today.

    Pic when new:

    Lightweight (510 grams) and nimble thanks to a perfect balance, and also really good edge holding.

    Review of this Camping kukri and a few others from Tora Blades: http://www.oldjimbo.com/Outdoors-Magazine/Tora-s-kukri.pdf
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2017
  10. guest-knife


    Nov 20, 2014
    I have come across the Gurkha Kukri at Windlass Sword Company in UK.

  11. Kwon Kwang

    Kwon Kwang

    Jul 7, 2013
    I'm proud to own my Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri in Carbon V.

    I'm willing to bet that, ounce per ounce, there isn't a superior production kukri if we're talking performance. This is for two reasons: the steels used and the handle. Cold Steel and Kabar make the only kukris I've seen with shock-absorbing rubber handles (though I prefer the shape, sheath and steels of the Cold Steel models). I would much rather this than any other kind of handle if I have to deal with the shocks that a kukri would generate upon striking wood or under other kinds of the hard use one might put a kukri to. Yes, they make bigger kukris with more chopping power. I'm even less enthusiastic about those with their wooden handles and the shapes I often see them in.
  12. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    A Kukri is more than just a pattern. It's a part of a particular culture with a long history of design refinement plus a specific type of sheath and accessories. I'd get a working kukri from Nepal or India. The rest are not really kukris.
  13. Snakebreaker

    Snakebreaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    This. I've not had a chance to try the new BK21........but Cold Steels Gurka Kuk is going to be extremely tough to beat.
  14. bigghoss


    Jul 27, 2011
    I'm tempted to try one of those.
  15. MicheleB


    Nov 1, 2015
    This one! When you go for a kukri you have to check weight and balance, this fox is light and cut like a boss! Good price too.
  16. sodak


    Mar 26, 2004
    Bill Siegle makes some nice ones as well.

    If you want a tool for chopping wood, the HI's are nice, but often need a little work on the handle, and sometimes the heat treat can be spotty. But dollar for dollar, they are hard to beat. If you want a weapon, the CS is also hard to beat. It has great geometry for that sort of application.
  17. Kwon Kwang

    Kwon Kwang

    Jul 7, 2013
    A caveat to my previous post.

    HI makes kukris that are bigger, thicker, longer, and will obviously offer superior chopping power to the Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri because of that. They are also differentially hardened for shock resistance and overall durability. They're exemplary blades. The Cold Steel kukri's handle and sheath is still much better IMO, and it's a lot lighter. If I were to carry a bigger blade than that backpacking or in some sort of emergency situation, I'd pick a machete. Just my preference.

    So, overall, OP, I think the answer to your question is a matter of preference; kukris come in all shapes and sizes.
  18. painkilleraz


    Jul 5, 2014
    The best khukhris are made by the Ex Gurkha House in Nepal- fast shipping, made exactly as they have been for centuries by those who use them best- I have several from them now and will buy more. They make them for the Ghurkas in the British Armed Forces.

    Everyone else is just a stamped or milled copy of a handmade original gem - get them from Ex Gurkha House-

    The design of the kuhkrhi relies on its weight as much as edge, being light weight likely appeals to most "murikans" simply because why actually carry or work out...however, at 2lbs the following blade is perfection and I would put it against any cold steel/etc knockoff any day of the year.

    My current carry and favorite is this one...http://www.nepalkhukurihouse.com/469/11-Inch-Gurkha-Afghan-Gripper-blocker-Handle-Kukri.php


    Last edited: Nov 9, 2015
  19. sams


    Apr 21, 2001
    I bought a couple dozen from Himalayan Imports, the best to me. Made in Nepal like the others but the prices are better and the service is outstanding from HI. I bought Cold Steel, Al Mar Pathfinder, the Mach AX, (now made by another company) and the Blackjack Reinhart back in the 80's.


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