I find many kukris so aesthetically satisfying – they just ‘look right’ – that I keep wanting to start these pieces by saying ‘another nice kukri’ . It’s rather like being attracted to a photo that adheres to the rule of thirds – maybe there’s a rule of thirds for cutlery?!
Today’s example is similar to the pre-WW1 military kukri I posted about here. It’s a little younger, probably just post-WW1. Again, military, with a short handle, which for me is ideal, but a shorter blade with the point of balance closer to the grip.
Unlike the older, partial tang, pre-WW1 kukri, this one has a metal butt cap held in place by the peened-over end of the full-length, rat-tail tang. The blade is gently curved and looks to pre-date the ‘dog-leg’ blade profile which increasingly appears before WW2.
The blade is clearly hand forged, with noticeable undulations along its length. Historically, there has been substantial localised corrosion, now under control, but the edge feels as though it would sharpen up nicely were I minded to do so (see update below). The fullers are not the blade’s best feature, and look as though they were allocated to the apprentice. There is no sheath or accessory blades (knife and sharpener).
It’s a very capable tool, and if I had to chose a kukri to carry whilst out in the bundu, it would be close to the top of my list: a good blade, nice balance, solid handle.
As usual, much assistance and useful information received from friendly denizens of the IKRHS forum.
Update: I decided to touch up the edge of the blade with a 400 grit diamond stone and was totally amazed at the hardness of the steel. It is by far the hardest blade of all my kukris. It also takes a beautiful edge.
Balance: 10cm forward of bolster
Weight: 524g / 1lb 2.5oz
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