Cold Steel 17" Gurkha Kukri Plus Machete
The kukri, which has a recognizable downward curving blade, is a formidable tool with roots that date back hundreds of years. Even though the kukri was a prominent weapon used during the Gurkha War, it was and remains a utility knife for the Nepalese people.
Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson designed the Gurkha Kukri Plus in conjunction with renowned martial artist Dr. Maung Gyi to be a truly versatile tool that can chop, pierce, slash, and smash with impunity. Needless to say, he succeeded.
The Gurkha Kukri Plus features a 12-inch blade made of high-quality SK5 high carbon steel with a narrower point for easier piercing. The Kraton handle offers a secure grip that absorbs the hardest blows.
If you find yourself guarding or parrying, the large guard on the Plus prevents accidental slippage and provides protection. Finally, the machete comes with a durable Secure-Ex sheath for safe carrying.
|Blade Length||12.00 inches|
|Blade Material||Carbon Steel (SK5)|
|Total Length||17.0 inches|
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Knife Weight||22.9 ounces|
|Country of Origin||Taiwan|
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The good: A solid chunk of steel, though I've not put it through it's paces, the blade should prove to be durable. Cold steel never skimps on the metal. The strap ring hole at the butt of the handle is a good addition. The handle material has a good grip to it. The sheath is secure and has a decent build as well, although I probably would prefer a leather material. I like the finger guard design, which also acts as a stopper on the sheath. The bad: The blade has a rough polish; and the spine is very flat with a sharp hard angle. While the flatness provides good hammering surface and the sturdiest possible spine by virtue of thickness, the sharp corner will eat into anything that strikes it. Then entire blade is very flat, more reminding of a primitive chopping tool than the traditional Kukri. Perhaps this is intended for the survivalist crowd, who seek a basic yet solid chunk of steel to bang around, or just to cut costs. Overall, and for the price of this knife, I would expect higher craftsmanship in the blade profiling and finish. Also, I was a little disappointed with the factory edge sharpness. I own two other Cold Steel knives, and both came much sharper than this one. I think it's a very good knife in the sturdiness department, but slightly overpriced for what it really offers in the end.
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