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Posted: 5/22/2005 3:13:28 PM EDT
I've decided to buy my first khukri from a catalogue I got from Atlanta Cutlery. They've got a few models, including WWII army issue and pre-WWI khukris, but I'm interested in a new one. Plus the old ones cost $100 or more, sheath seperate.

They've got two that I'm looking at right now, both for the price of $30.

The first is actual Gurkha military issue. 12" blade that's 1/4" thick, scale tang. Hardwood handle. 17" overall, weight 1lb 6oz. Includes two accessory knives and leather sheath.

The second is the officer's version. 9 1/2" blade that's 3/16" thick. Contoured handle is genuine buffalo horn. Brass pommel and bolster. 14" overall, weight 1lb. Comes with two accessry knives and leather sheath.

I like the look of the officer's version more, but I want whichever knife would be more practical in day to day use.

Opinions?
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 3:15:57 PM EDT
Get the 12 inch blade model...............the other is smaller, but the 12 inch blade is the one I have and it swings really easy, not to mention has plenty of heft to do the job
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 3:46:59 PM EDT
What- ONE reply? What's wrong with you people? This is ARFCOM for pete's sake!
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 3:49:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/22/2005 3:49:18 PM EDT by SteyrAUG]
Reverse the grip and the tip of the blade should extent to about the end of your elbow.

Link Posted: 5/22/2005 3:51:52 PM EDT
This thread is useless w/o pics
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 3:52:53 PM EDT
Get the Cold Steel one.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 3:55:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By kill-9:
This thread is useless w/o pics



Officer's Model

Standard model
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 3:56:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:
Reverse the grip and the tip of the blade should extent to about the end of your elbow.




This involves having one to do that with first.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:01:23 PM EDT
Get a cold steel light kukri.

Great knife, but it rusts extremely easily.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:02:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:
Reverse the grip and the tip of the blade should extent to about the end of your elbow.




This involves having one to do that with first.



Measure from about the base of your fingers to your elbow. Or hold a sitck in a reverse grip and mark where the end of the handle would be and where you elbow is and the measure the distance between the marks.

Try and find one about the same length and it should be more or less properly balanced.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:09:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:
Reverse the grip and the tip of the blade should extent to about the end of your elbow.




This involves having one to do that with first.



Measure from about the base of your fingers to your elbow. Or hold a sitck in a reverse grip and mark where the end of the handle would be and where you elbow is and the measure the distance between the marks.

Try and find one about the same length and it should be more or less properly balanced.



I guess I'll be getting the one that doesn't look pretty then. Thanks.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:16:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Opesus:
Get a cold steel light kukri.

Great knife, but it rusts extremely easily.



I couldn't agree more. Get a Cold Steel. The rubber handle is better IMO.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:21:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:
I like the look of the officer's version more, but I want whichever knife would be more practical in day to day use.Opinions?




So what exactly would you use a kukri for anyway. I don't see any practical day to day use of one, unless of course you are a Gurka.
Enlighten me.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:24:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fireguy:

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:
I like the look of the officer's version more, but I want whichever knife would be more practical in day to day use.Opinions?




So what exactly would you use a kukri for anyway. I don't see any practical day to day use of one, unless of course you are a Gurka.
Enlighten me.



Use as a machete, defensive weapon, whatever.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:55:44 PM EDT
Sorry to tell you this but those khuks that Atlanta cutlery sells are not militaty issue. They are masssed produced by Windlass Steelcraft. A sweatshop in India quality is hit and miss.
If you want a genuine khuk that issued to british troops go here.

http://www.toratoratora.co.uk/catalogue/category.asp?id=6 They aren't cheap and they are in England, But Simon and Leann provide excellent customer service. My orders get to me in 7 days. This ones my favorite fo field work http://www.toratoratora.co.uk/kukri/details.asp?id=8

Also look at Himalayan Imports again pricey ,but you get what you pay for.
http://www.himalayan-imports.com/

Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:59:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:

Originally Posted By kill-9:
This thread is useless w/o pics



Officer's Model

Standard model




This reeks of replica!!! What I mean is you try to chop a stem with it it will probably break or chip.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 5:23:07 PM EDT
You get what you pay for, I would not trust that Atlanta model. Besides being made by Windlass (mass produced), a good way to tell the quality of a khuk is to look at the karda and chakma (accessory knives) that come with it. Atlanta's look tiny and useless. Tora is fine, and Himalayan Imports is best if you are in the US. Check out the HI Board for discussion and usually daily specials.
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