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Urban Kukri Pocket Knife Review

Much like the urban sombrero, people have been trying to make city or mainstream versions of typically niche things. While they often fail spectacularly, some of these items break through and prove worthwhile.

Designer Konstantin Shaporenko decided to take the versatile kukri — a machete-like tool usually found in the jungles of Nepal — and make it into a pocket knife. He launched the product on Kickstarter for some help getting things off the ground.

Shaporenko isn’t the first person to make a pocket-sized kukri folder. Cold Steel makes a very solid kukri folder in the Rajah series, and Magnum by Boker has the inexpensive Pocket Kukri as well. What makes the Urban Kukri a little different is its focus on being not only legal in most locales around the world but also being a piece of art.

They sent me one to look at. You’ll find my honest opinion below.

Background of the Urban Kukri

The Urban Kukri campaign launched on Kickstarter around November 7 with the modest goal of $12,00 for funding. As of publication, the campaign was fully funded by more than 290 backers who pledged over $21,000.

This means the project will move forward no matter what.  There are still about two weeks to go before the project closes though.

Here’s a video released by the team:

I couldn’t find much else about Shaporenko, so I asked for some background on the artist/designer. He’s from Ukraine and likes working with metal. Here’s more of his backstory they sent me:

My ancestors were soldiers, Zaporozhye Cossacks. I have always been fond of knives since childhood, but I came to their creation not so long ago. The occasion was not the best, in my country the war began and all the people who wanted peace began to help the soldiers of Ukraine.

The army needed everything, and my comrades and I began to make knives and tools for soldiers. In the process, I learned the important elements of working with serious materials. For three years of constant practice, I have mastered certain skills and knowledge about knives.

Becoming literate technically, I began to create no longer simple knives, but all sorts of interesting products that can hardly be called a knife. This project is suitable for all urban residents, regardless of gender. This is a pocket knife for the city and travel.

He has a pretty cool backstory that’s admirable. But what about the knife itself?

Urban Kukri Specifications

The Urban Kukri comes in three different-sized blades — 100 mm, 50 mm, and 30 mm. That translates to 3.93 inches, 1.96 inches, and 1.18 inches.

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Firefly: The Swiss Army Knife Add-On You Never Knew You Needed

Sometimes the best ideas are those that make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” and “It’s so obvious.”

Those were exactly the phrases that came to mind when I saw the Firefly.

The Firefly is a custom sparking-steel fire starting tool that’s designed to fit into the toothpick slot of a Swiss Army Knife. This small tool is an aftermarket accessory made by a company called Tortoise Gear and is not affiliated with Victorinox.

The project launched on the crowdfunding service Kickstarter on September 26 with the goal of $28,000 by November 7. As of this writing, the team is already at about $25,000 just a few days into the campaign, so things are looking pretty good.

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Knife Robot Takes the Guesswork and Effort Out of Sharpening

There’s no shortage of knife sharpeners out there that provide easy sharpening experiences.

The new ViperSharp offers precision sharpening by tackling some of the shortcomings of other infinite angle models (as I will cover in a forthcoming review). The Work Sharp Combo Sharpener is something you can keep on your workbench and swipe a few times for a quick touch up at 20 degrees. Then, of course, there’s the legendary Spyderco Sharpmaker and the always available option for free hand sharpening.

But the latest sharpener aptly called the Knife Robot takes all the guesswork and effort out of sharpening.

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Crowdfunding Project Promises Mini Folding Samurai Sword

Pocket Samurai

The Samurai sword is one of the most iconic weapons ever. The design, established back in the 14th century, has been used in combat up until World War II and hangs decorously on countless mantles across the world.

Now the folks over at StatGear adapted some of the design elements of Samurai swords (including the katana) and condensed them down into the Pocket Samurai.

This mini Samurai folding knife is part of a crowdfunding project through Indiegogo. Unsurprisingly, the campaign already shot passed its modest goal of $2,500. As of publication, it’s reached funding of more than $11,000.

Here’s a video from the Indiegogo page:

The pocket knife features a 2.13-inch 440C stainless steel blade with a Tanto-like profile. The Tanto point is actually curved somewhat to better imitate the style of the sword. Its handle is Grade 5 titanium in either black or gray. Some “x” patterns modeled after the styles of katana handles are machined into the sides, but it’s unclear whether it’ll be enough to offer a solid grip. 440C is a pretty standard stainless steel with some hardness and rust resistance.

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Check out the ViperSharp Knife Sharpener

The rise of crowdfunding has been a blessing and a curse. It’s given us amazing things like the Dash Wireless Earbuds and not-so-amazing things like the watermelon holder.

Because we are suckers for innovation in the knife community, we’ll occasionally be looking at interesting crowdfunding campaigns related to knives.

First up is the ViperSharp Knife Sharpener.


You might be thinking what in the world is this contraption? According to ViperSharp creator Mike Wood, it’s the best precision knife sharpening system on the market today. Yep, that is quite the boast.

So what makes this sharpener better than the hundreds of sharpeners currently available? Wood created the first iteration of the sharpener after being unsatisfied with shortcomings he experienced using other popular sharpeners. It can sharpen at an infinite number of angles (within the confines of the adjuster), stones can easily be swapped in and out, the blade can be turned without having to reset the system, and more.

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