How to Choose a Great Outdoor Kukri


Of all the many knives that can be used outdoors, the trusty and distinct-looking kukri get the vote of many seasoned outdoorsmen and knife enthusiasts. It’s touted to be versatile enough to do the job with a machete and a hatchet, a hybrid blade of sorts. In fact, it’s a staple in a lot of military units around the globe. That in itself says a lot about the knife’s dependability. However, as a civilian or someone who has absolutely no experience in outdoor adventure, buying a kukri shouldn’t be rushed. One might end up without a useful blade in the wilderness. And the blade is arguably the most essential tool when out there. There are different considerations to take note of first, here are the most notable ones.

  1. Size

Knowing what size of kukri to use when going outdoors is important because of how it’s going to be used. An overnight camping will probably not find the use for a large kukri or machete. Likewise, a trek through the Appalachian trail will make laughing stock of a pen-sized knife. For longer trips, it’s not only a good idea to bring a large knife, but to also bring a small one for tasks that require precision.

  1. Material


Needless to say that knives used for the outdoors are subjected to a lot of stress. Way more stress than any kitchen knife is subjected to. Of course, all knives should be sturdy. But knives that are meant to be used for hacking away at undergrowth or cutting wood should be made of even stronger materials. Experts agree that going for high carbon steel is the obvious choice. It’s a material made of recycled truck parts. It’s impressively durable and can withstand lots of impact and stress. It’s also resilient in resisting damage from exposure to the elements.


  1. Build Quality


In addition to finding a kukri made of high carbon steel, a tool that is supposed to be¬†great for cutting through brush¬†should also have a good build quality. These two properties sound similar. But top notch material isn’t going to be reliable – in fact, it’s dangerous – if how everything is pieced together is rather flimsy. On that note, knife experts generally agree that paying for the extra cost of handmade blades is better than saving a few bucks on ones that come out of a production line. Handmade blades, kukris, in particular, get a lot of attention from its Smith. And it’s definitely good news if that particular smithy is quite experienced in the trade.


  1. Grip


The way a kukri is gripped is slightly different from conventional blades. For this reason, there’s a slightly bigger chance of using it the wrong way for the first few times it’s going to be used. A handle that’s ergonomic and comfortable overall is almost a requirement in that regard. This is to help a person who’s new to the kukri to adjust and become a master at using the blade at the soonest time possible.


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