The kukri (Devanagari: खुकुरी) (alternatively spelled khukri or khukuri) is a curved Nepalese Knife, similar to the machete, used as both a tool and as a weapon. It is a traditional weapon for Nepalese people, and also a weapon of choice/side arm for all Nepalese including those serving in different armies around the world. The cutting edge is inwardly curved in shape and is the icon of Nepal. It was, and in many cases still is, the basic and traditional utility knife of the Nepalese people. Very effective when used as a weapon, it is a symbolic weapon of the Nepalese Army, and of all Gurkha regiments throughout the world, signifying the courage and valor of the bearer in the battlefield.
The kukri is effective as both a chopping and a slashing weapon. In combat, it is basically used in two different styles: stabbing with the point, slashing or chopping with the edge. Because the blade bends towards the opponent, the user need not angle the wrist, which makes the kukri more comfortable as a stabbing weapon than other straight-bladed knives. Its heavy blade enables the user to inflict deep wounds and to cut through muscle and bone.
While most famed from use in the military, the kukri is most commonly used as a multipurpose tool, and is a very common agricultural and household implement in Nepal. Its use has varied from building, clearing, chopping firewood, and digging to cutting meat and vegetables, skinning animals, and opening tins.
Originally posted by boot2theface
reply to post by captaintyinknots
Himalayan Imports the product company is based in the U.S. It was started by Bill Martino to economically help the Kamis in Nepal. There is no import tax (since it has already been imported) and $150 is an amazing price for what is possibly the best blades on the planet.edit on 25-3-2012 by boot2theface because: Clarity
Originally posted by DAVID64
Can't really tell from a picture. The LAST thing you want to do is pick the prettiest one. You should look at what it's made of [grade &hardness of the steel] and what you're going to use it for. All that flash doesn't mean it's a good weapon.