In a world where technology is a driving force for practically everything, it’s interesting to note that some primitive tools apparently never fade to obsolescence. A trusty knife is still an essential tool for daily tasks as well as for using out in the wild. One of the most popular knives, with the obvious exception of kitchen knives, is the kukri. Knife enthusiasts have nothing but good things to say about the rather awkward-looking blade. It’s useful and versatile due to its distinct shape. It has the swinging power of a machete and the precise strong cuts of a hatchet. It’s worth noting, though, that before buying this knife, there are a few things to consider. It’s not something you buy out of the blue.
- What is it going to be used for?
It’s hard not to admit that buying a kukri just because it looks cool is compelling enough of a reason. And yes, it’s perfectly sensible to buy one just for collection purposes. But if it’s going to be used for hacking away at thick vines, then better think twice about getting that one being sold for decorative purposes. Or avoid getting one that’s too small to do the job. Conversely, get a smaller kukri if the task intended for it requires precision such as gutting and scaling fish.
- Is it handmade?
Handmade knives have one notable advantage over those that come from long production lines: build quality. It’s not that machine-made ones are bad entirely, but handmade kukris are created by smiths who have been in the business for quite a long while. Obviously, it’s a good idea to avoid kukris that are made by novice smiths. Handmade kukris are also amazing in the sense that it can be custom-made.
- What material is the blade made of?
Kukris are great tools to have around – they are multipurpose knives that can do the heavy lifting and precise cutting work. Which is why knowing what material they’re made of and going for only the best ones is important. The blade is subjected to an immense amount of stress, so, if possible, go for blades that are made of high carbon steel. This material is known for its resilience and durability.
- Does the handle go well with the hand’s grip?
At first, using a kukri may feel a bit off. This is understandable considering the shape isn’t something a normal person would be familiar with. Getting used to a kukri becomes a lot easier if the grip provides the ergonomics and comfort which will make cutting a pleasure. A badly designed grip can bruise the palm or even cut it in some places.
- Does it have positive reviews?
With the Internet around, it’s easier to sift through bad brands and their substandard products. Checking out reviews of smithies and their kukris makes a lot of sense. One can avoid buyer’s remorse by actually spending a few minutes reading reviews from previous customers. This is an indispensable step when intending to buy a kukri.