My first Kukri

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  1. PAcanis

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    When the thread popped up about this guy McCurdy having his design produced/manufactured in Nepal and shipping from him direct here in PA, well, that was all the prodding I needed to get my first Kukri. I had been wanting a Nepal made Kukri since I first started watching the YT vids of the craftsman manufacturing them. Truly handmade.

    Ordered Sunday, received today, Wednesday. Can't beat that kind of service. And this thing is beautiful! It's wicked sharp and the balance feels great. I'll cut some stuff with it later. After I get lanyard on it. Decent sheath, too.

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    That's a good looking mater slicer lad. joe
     
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    • Looks great. Go get it dirty.
     
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    If they aren't too spendy, I'd buy one! That's a really good looking blade. The handle is a great upgrade over the traditional style and the forked notch has beed rounded into a nice choil. What's not to love?

    Steve
     
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    Very nice! What is the price point on these? I need another big knife (not really, but I totally do.)
     
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    Wow, that’s a sweet first!
     
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    89 bucks?! What the heck. I paid 95 plus shipping "on sale" at Fleabay from the man himself.
    Still worth it though. I'm already registered and everything with Ebay, so it was one click buying. And he didn't hit me with sales tax, which was nice. Maybe that's where the $6 went ;)

    I love the rosewood handle. It fits my hand perfect. As soon as it hits noon here I'm going tree trimming :)
     
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    I'm so buying one now. That's a deal
     
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    See how we are for each other here? lol
     
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    I'm in too. That's a superb deal on a great looking lopper!
    Any idea on steel type?
     
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    Oh yeah, we are horrible influences on each others wallets haha

    I was wondering the same, no info on the website. Perhaps the maker knows or it is on the Ebay listing.
     
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    I think the listing just said High Carbon. Aren't these supposedly made from leaf springs? 5160 seems to pop into my mind...
     
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    The edge can sure take a beating.
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    So I have an odd question. How many bevels does that thing have? What's the edge like - flat, convex, concave? Is there a micro bevel on it? Can it shave hair?! Can it featherstick!? HAVE YOU MADE A FIRE!???

    Ok. I guess that was more than one question... It looks like it has a distal taper, which is very cool. Nice pick up!
     
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    5160, often with a differential heat treat is often how these blades are done. Makes them basically indestructible! :dblthumb:
     
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    Geez, next thing you'll want to know my favorite color.
    BTW, it's blue. No gree
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    I'm no edge aficionado, but it appears to have two bevels after the chirra and it sure looks convex.
    It cuts hair, but I wouldn't call it shaving sharp. Even the paperwork that came with it said not to take it to shaving sharp unless you want to risk an edge rolling. But for how big and heavy the blade is, it was a lot sharper out of the box than I expected.

    I'm not a wood carver, so here is my attempt at a featherstick just now after using the blade like an axe to baton through a piece of poplar I had sitting there. Some of the curls were pretty thin.
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    I remember seeing a video where the blade was made hot, but only the edge treated (with water or oil he was pouring). So that sounds about right.
     
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    Some even have the sweet spots of the edge (the chopping belly) hardened a bit more than the surrounding edge. Not all kukri's are built that way but having a hardened chopping portion can be helpful sometimes.

    What really impresses me about your example is the handle you get. Looks great to use with gloves on, year round. :)
     
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    I just noticed it has a distill tang. If you can call it that.
    The tang tapers so the scales can still have some substance to them, but the grip isn't too thick.
    Pretty nifty.
     
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    ENABLERS!!!!! Once I get home, I will now have to place an order.

    Oh, have I mentioned how much my wife hates this forum?!

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    52100?? I'm now totally in. A Kukri with a good handle made from ball bearing steel at an affordable price.
    Wowsers. What a great day!
     
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    I just received an email from Ebay not ten minutes ago telling me my order is on the way.
    One of you guys didn't buy one and tell him to ship it to me, did you? lol

    It's even a different tracking#, so I've no doubt he got his orders mixed up.
    I've got an email in to him.

    And yeah!
    Ball bearing steel is pretty cool. Better yet.
     
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    So whatever came from this? Did you get a second one on accident? How is the knife holding up now after a few months?
     
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    Wood is so much prettier then plastic. Nice blade too!
     
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    Are these still being sold on eBay or only the website referenced above?
     
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    Nice I'd love to have one. The kukri is one knife I've never owned or tried, sure looks like a keeper to me.:)
     
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    I can see there use, outside of a basic heavy-knife chopper. There sure are some pretty ones too!
     
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    He emailed me back and said another order had not been put in... so I don't know why Ebay thought it had. Unless he placed it, realized his mistake and cancelled it.

    It's a heavy chopper, but I prefer my Condor Golok. The blade on the Kukri needs touched up more often and the overall thickness tends to be more of a hindrance. I should say, the belly seems to need touched up more often. The recurve is fine.
    I don't hate the design, but if I ever ordered one again I'd order a thinner one.
     
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    Try a search for the name on Ebay. I know he did not have many left, but that was a while ago.
     
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    I've been reading the forum threads on kukri's and it seems that everyone agrees that they can all use some thinning at the edge... I'm not shocked, at 8mm, 1/4" thick... Lord that's a thick blade.

    Thanks for the update!
     
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    Yes, if it was a more gradual taper to the edge, like an axe has, that would make a huge difference.
     
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    You would probably be happier with something around 6-6.5mm. In the future I would say look at Tora blades (traditional kukri with traditional heat treat) or kailash blades with a modern heat treat. I haven't bought from either (but will eventually order something from both) but have been researching quite a bit. To me the kukri houses along with most of Himalayan Imports offerings are thick survival knife oriented tools. My Himalayan Imports sirpate, I had to take it to a belt sander and thin it down enough to get descent performance from it.
     
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