The best Kukri knives

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Leshy

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Jun 14, 2016
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Mine was given to me by a very generous Gurkha friend .
What a privilege .
I didn't want to just keep it as a show piece so I decided to take it with me for camp chores, and what an awesome tool it is.

I haven't used the axe or the mora for a while now ...
and I don't really need to imo .
Brilliant tool .
Razor sharp , holds the edge very well and you can beat on it like a rented mule ...

It's very quickly become the only sharp tool I need in camp .
 

Insel Affen

Settler
Aug 27, 2014
530
85
Tewkesbury, N Gloucestershire
Feel very lucky to have a Kukri. Its a bit of a pig to sharpen (recently had it done by a Sgt in 2 RGR) and quite heavy, but pretty sure it's the real deal.

Luckily I bought it from 1 RGR shop in Church Crookham (yes I am old) when I was getting the wife's engagement ring made by the Sunar. Only paid about £15 (for the Kukri not the ring).
 

airborne09

Tenderfoot
Dec 9, 2016
70
21
North East
Moving on over three years now . After a little absence away from knives and khukuris in general , I have resurected my interest in khukuris having looked not only at updated Nepalese khukuri manufacturers but also some newer kids on the block which I think might be quite some competition !
There are two khukuri manufacturers in Nepal who are turning out some pretty amazing products . My personal taste in khukuris are the traditional or Military ones and Im just not into khukuri like objects so I will stick to talking traditional here .
The new kids on the block I am talking about are "Heritage Knives" and "Kailash Blades" , both are doing that little bit extra research on khukuris going as far back as the early 1800s and making some good reproduction items . Not only are they making some lovely historical reproductions but they are now offering oil quenching and better heat treatment on their products which in my opinion make for far better quality khukuris . One other khukuri manufacturer who I must mention even though he has been around since 1992 I think , is "Great Gurkha Khukuri" (GGK) , who is also turning out some excellent products .
This is really an update for anyone thinking about buying a genuine , quality Nepalese made khukuri . Having looked at these companies , I have chosen a particular model I would like , I just havnt made my mind up yet which company to go for .
 

airborne09

Tenderfoot
Dec 9, 2016
70
21
North East
Thanks Robbi , Ive pulled the trigger on a customised khukuri from GGK and after looking a bit more deeply into Mr Purna Darnal who runs the company as well as being the main blacksmith , I dont think I will have any regrets . He is making quite a name for himself not just with khukuris but also any sword or knife you care to ask him about .
 

airborne09

Tenderfoot
Dec 9, 2016
70
21
North East
I'll have a look at that.
Yes Robbi , I have now carried out quite a bit of research of GGK and Mr Purna Darnal whs company it is and is himself a very good blacksmith by all his fans and reviews Ive read ,. He is now taking on a lot of customisation work and nothing seems to be a problem for him . I have in fact ordered two khukuris from him and am awaiting completion and delivery . Some of his customisation work on SBG frum is amazing but he has been doing this work for 25 years now , He genuinely seems to give priority to keeping his customers satisfied .
 

Laurentius

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Aug 13, 2009
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Apparantly there is a company, I think they are in the USA which has an entire warehouse full of vintage military kukris from an arsenal or something. Sadly the only Kukri I have is something I purchased from a stall in Birmingham's flea market when I was a mere youth, which I think is a text book example of everything wrong with a cheap tourist Kukri. I guess there is no more a standard Kukri than there is a standard Bowie knife, it is a type rather than a fixed pattern. You know one when you see one, but the quality and utility varies.
 

airborne09

Tenderfoot
Dec 9, 2016
70
21
North East
Just updating from my last message here . I actually did go for a couple of khukuris with Mr Purna Darnal of GGK Khukuris and am I glad I did so . As I write this I have just received my third khukuri from GGK and I have to say after having gained a bit more knowledge and experience with khukuris in general GGK are hard to beat and are definitely up there with the new boys on the block who have taken khukuri production to a whole new level . Apart from GGK , if you are interested in a good quality hand made genuine Nepalese khukuri then at least check these out also , Kailash blades , Heritage knives , Khotang Khukuris and Knives , Blue Dragon Khukuris (based in the US) , these are the go to companies for a good quality blade that mostly give you the opportunity to customise your knife to varying degrees . With GGK Khukuris , Mr Purna Darnal is more than willing to work with what you are looking for in your choice of khukuris but if you are thinking of going with him then may I suggest that you send a drawing showing exactly what you want together with dimensions , he turns out some amazing products ..On a personal basis , I prefer the more either historic or traditional style of khukuri and this is where with a company like GGK you can customise your khukuri to whatever style you want making additions to his standard models . If you look back in the historic aspect of the khukuri there were no set standard models until the British East India Company and later the Crown British Army of India started recruiting the martial tribes people of Nepal to within the ranks which still exists today as the Brigade of Gurkhas of the British Army .
 

airborne09

Tenderfoot
Dec 9, 2016
70
21
North East
Apparantly there is a company, I think they are in the USA which has an entire warehouse full of vintage military kukris from an arsenal or something. Sadly the only Kukri I have is something I purchased from a stall in Birmingham's flea market when I was a mere youth, which I think is a text book example of everything wrong with a cheap tourist Kukri. I guess there is no more a standard Kukri than there is a standard Bowie knife, it is a type rather than a fixed pattern. You know one when you see one, but the quality and utility varies.
Hello Laurentius , sorry for the late reply . You are right in mentioning the company in the US who bought the whole stock of the Royal Nepalese Armoury a number of years back , I think the company was IMA (not sure though) there were literally thousands of old khukuris for sale , some on Ebay I think . The best ones were most likely cherry picked by collectors but I believe there are still some for sale . Unfortunately as you have said there are many cheap really poor quality knock offs being sold in flea markets etc and even on some antique sites which are not worth 50p in some instances and many people with no experience of what constitutes a good or decent quality khukuri are conned into buying this utter rubbish . I dont know if you are already aware but many of these poor quality blades have the lion head on the pommel which in some cases may be alright as a cheap wall hanger but rarely turn out to be manufactured from good quality steel or even forged steel . I actually saw one of these real poor quality so called khukuris for sale on an antique site a few weeks back going for around £400 (unbelievable that the dealers actually believed it was worth anywhere near that amount) but there you go, so buyers beware .
 

Laurentius

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Aug 13, 2009
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HI dont know if you are already aware but many of these poor quality blades have the lion head on the pommel which in some cases may be alright as a cheap wall hanger but rarely turn out to be manufactured from good quality steel or even forged steel . I actually saw one of these real poor quality so called khukuris for sale on an antique site a few weeks back going for around £400 (unbelievable that the dealers actually believed it was worth anywhere near that amount) but there you go, so buyers beware .
Yep Lions Head on the pommel and a chrome plated blade!
 

airborne09

Tenderfoot
Dec 9, 2016
70
21
North East
Just as an update for anyone who is starting out with an interest in the Nepalese Khukuri , please do not be taken in by just one persons perception and ideas of what constitutes a good khukuri (many of these people are usually wrong in their own theories). Take the time to carry out some research into both the history of the khukuri and the culture of the traditional Nepalese khukuri in particular , a great starting point for reference is a website written by Viking Kunwor called "Sir Khukuri" , everything on this site is well researched by Viking who is from Nepalese stock and is held up as a font of knowledge on anything khukuri and Gurkha related , he now has his own khukuri manufacturing company in Nepal under the name of "Heritage Knives" who make some excellent historic and genuine quality khukuris at reasonable prices as do the following companies , Great Gurkha Khukuris , Tora Blades , Khotang Khukuris and Knives , Kailash Blades , Khukuri House Handicraft Industry . If you stick with these companies and maybe the odd other up and coming new manufacturer then you cant go wrong . There are many other smaller operations in Nepal but in all honesty many of the smaller companies are illegally stealing and copying other peoples hard work as the copyright laws in Nepal are not that strong to prevent this sort of thing . One other point to be aware of is that some of the khukuri manufacturing companies and one in particular have a large partisan following in a country across the opposite side of the Atlantic and in my opinion and many other khukuri enthusiasts these khukuris , for all they are strongly built are in fact overbuilt and in most of their models do not represent what many afficiandos would consider to be an aesthetically good representation that are available from the above mentioned companies . It has been a misinterpreted fact for a long time in the West that a heavy khukuri is a good khukuri and anything less is not worth the bother and this is not necessarily true . Reproduction of khukuris has moved on a long way due to historical research by certain individuals and this has led to those companies above embracing new concepts to offer a more true and traditional representation of what people expect when buying a genuine hand made Nepalese khukuri .
 

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