CEREMONIAL KUKRI. Evaluation.

First, the souce:

#500448 GIGANTIC CEREMONIAL KUKRI
Made by the government contractor Windlass Steelcrafts. Hand forged from high carbon steel. Each comes with regulation sheath. Beheads water buffaloes with a single stroke for the traditional Gurkha sacred ceremony. Very scarce! Only one issued to each Gurkha Regiment in India. Specially carved native hardwood handle.

 Polished steel blade is a staggering 3/8" thick and more than 2 1/2 feet long. Weighs 4 lbs. 6 oz.

MEASUREMENTS:
Blade- 2 1/2 feet long, 3/8" thick
Wt. 4lbs 6 oz.

Price:  $63.00 (Excluding: FL Sales Tax at 6%)


 





 

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Size Warning and Handle change warning. 

Pictures from my April 2005 Kukri Ceremonial Handle Change article.

.   Another short article on what I think is the best handle shape for a Kukri.

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CEREMONIAL KUKRI.

First Evaluation.

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Note after first cutting:-- Cutting review, the blade in action, in growing wood.  Just cut down a twenty foot Scrub Poplar Tree, over five inches thick at its base, and limbed it, in less time than it takes to tell about it, with this giant Kukri. There was none of the "fruitless recoil" or "bounce" an axe would have in the same situation. There was only swift "biting" and "gliding through the wood.".. continues at end of this article.


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Evaluation starts out as text-only, but pictures were added at the end.  As usual with my stuff, opening your browser to full- screen  (F 11), will give you a better idea of the pictures.

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Please note that this evaluation changed as I looked at the product.  I am leaving that way so you may follow the flow of how this knife appeared to me, and you  may glean from it if you want to buy one yourself.

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1st Day with the Kukri- Sword

CEREMONIAL KUKRI. Evaluation.  Took about five weeks to arrive by Fed Ex Ground.  Did not realize until after ordered on internet, just how big this thing is.

Note that the Kukri is as long as my left leg, and too heavy for me to swing with one hand.  Holding it in one hand, takes a lot of effort to raise this baby up into the air, and forget swinging it, one handed.

Made to be swung while being held in two hands.  You would have to remove the raised wooden  ring, if so, because it would probably hurt you.  No way to hang this monster on your belt, would probably make you walk funny, anyway. 

Plainly, looks to big to use, for me, but we will see.  Might look good on your wall, as it is highly polished, and the wood looks good.  Seems to be of good steel. 

Checked the Black Color, and it does not wash off in water, as I have seen on some cheaper models.  Metal is high-grade high-carbon steel.  What can I say? I like knives.  (This is more like a broad sword.)  Paul.

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Already an addenda.  Will add further evaluations, later.  After writing the above, realized that this is a sword, and may be swung two-handed like a Samurai sword might be, but with no where near the grace.  You probably only get one good swing, or chop with it.  I suppose if you were fending off say, a dog gone wild, or rabid, you could swing downward if it charges, or something.  (This Kukri is really heavy.) I don't know how you would transport it, it has not way to attach to a belt. 

Holding upon my back, in sheath, as if there were some strapping mechanism, I can  NOT draw the knife, my arms are too short.  Holding it at my side, in sheath, the handle comes halfway up from my belt to my armpit, and the base is halfway down my calf.  You can draw it from there, with effort.  You would need to make some way to hang it, and tie it too your leg, as well.  Unless you are eight feet tall, you might have trouble using the Ceremonial Kukri in the Field. 

Even so, should you transport it, as one might a full-sized axe, you should have the tremendous chopping power of a Kukri, with a full body swing behind it.   

Would I recommend you buy one?  I can not really say, am just describing what I see holding this giant Kukri in both hands.  I may find it more useful as I get used to it, and try it out.  I can't really try it out around here, for fear of scaring the neighbors.  Note that the blade is shipped dull, so you will have to file it.  If only for display, leave it alone, it looks great.

 


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2nd Day

Worked the handle a bit today.  More used to the heft of this giant blade.  Guess I was thinking of this as a small Kukri, and this is more of a sword.  What I removed was the raised ring on the handle.  Those raised-rings can tear up your hands.  I can now easily hold the super-large kukri in one hand, even if I can not swing it one handed. 

They say that the Gurkas, who make the Kukris, have small hands.  I believe it.  Do not sharpen your kukri, if you are going to modify the handle.  Important to leave the blade in its' initial dullness, for safety, at this stage. May practice swinging this thing with the blade dull.  Hope I do not hurt myself.  Paul.

 

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Day 3- Eureka, it works.

What I did part of yesterday was shape the handle, by narrowing the butt of the thing, and removing the ring.  The first part of the blade was cut down, so that if my hand slips from the handle, I hit a dull, easy to handle section of the blade.  The "sweet- spot" on a Kukri is here, anyway:

Let me see if I can show you what I did.  Neglected to scan the handle when it came, but there is an old JPG file.

The following pictures were un-done when the handle was removed, and enlarged, and remade as shown under  this link.

 

The rest of the pictures sort of tell the story.

 

 

 

 

As you can see, my hands are somewhat overshadowing the length of the handle, even with modification.  That is why I modified the handle again, indeed replaced it, in April, 2005.

 

I am thinking one could handle very large chores with this kukri.  For now, I am a little concerned about scaring the neighbors.  Paul.

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August 7, 2004 note, continued

If my hands are on the scale of the handle, as you see above, maybe the following picture can give you some idea of the size of this thing.  If I stand flat-legged, holding the ceremonial kukri without its' sheath, and let the point drop, the tip is just barely off the ground.  ( I have a 31 inch inseam.)


MEASUREMENTS:
Blade- 2 1/2 feet long, 3/8" thick
Wt. 4 lbs 6 oz.
 

Note that the handle that I had modified, was removed, and enlarged, was remade as shown in the April 2005 Kukri Ceremonial Handle Change

Note that I think I will be able to use this giant kukri, but am at present over three-hundred pounds, (lost fifteen in the last six weeks!) and have been a construction worker for about twenty years.  I also have been handling a machete since I was thirteen, or for almost forty years. 

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Many people will never use this kind of tool.  I'm gonna look like Conan the Barbarian swinging this thing, except for the build.  :-}  Why did I buy this super-large kukri?  A regular, eighteen inch kukri, cuts with more power than any edge I have seen, for its size.  (Especially on growing wood.)  This full sized kukri, thirty inches long, is over half-again-as-long as the 18.    (167%)  If I can handle it, the cutting power should be amazing.  I will let you know.   Paul.

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Later that evening:

Cutting review, the blade in action, in growing wood.  Just cut down a twenty foot Scrub Poplar Tree, over  five inches thick at its base, and limbed it, in less time than it takes to tell about it, with this giant Kukri.  There was none of the "fruitless recoil" or "bounce" an axe would have in the same situation.  There was only swift "biting" and "gliding through the wood."

I am an little winded, but with time, and training, that will change.  There was a tendency for the 30-inch Kukri to just break the branch, if it did not cut through it, while "limbing".  Take care to watch the "follow through" of the Kukri.   The follow through might "limb" you.  As stated, I have been using a machete, for some forty years, so am used to that. 

Be careful, you can de-limb yourself as easily as you de-limb a tree, with this Kukri.  I still believe that an axe or hatchet will work better in dried wood, but for the field, in growing wood any sized kukri seems to work.  It cuts best the kind of cutting you will do for basic survival.

 A Kukri has many uses.  "It is important to remember that the kukri is a tool of all work, at home in the hills and on active service it will be used for cutting wood, hunting and skinning, opening tins, clearing undergrowth and any other chore."  from :  Origin of the Kukri   

The reader should note that I am a pretty big man, above average in strength-of-the-working kind, and no athlete.  I have been a construction worker for some twenty years, but am not as used to manual labor as I once was.  A full grown man, in his prime, could make this baby sing.  His wife probably could not lift the tool. 

There was a certain stinging going on with the hand at the lowest, widest part of the Ceremonial Kukri.  I may wind up reducing the bulk there.  All modifications will be posted.  Note that I picked on a Scrub Poplar the first time, which is a fairly soft wood.  

You may want to wrap the wooden handle with shock-absorbing tape, after modifying it.  I also recommend you wear gloves.  Note that kukri's take a razor-sharp edge- be careful.  Wear those  gloves if working with the Ceremonial Kukri, at all.  You have about a-foot-and-a-half of razor-sharp edge on this baby.  That is why the first  part of the blade needs to be dulled, near the handle.

Noted with the regular kukri, that an angled cut would "find the grain" and glide even easier through the wood.  Perhaps, with practice, this big kukri would work like that.  The first use went well, but I was a little leery of the thing.  I was not  quite sure how hard to swing it, afraid that it would just slice the tree in two.

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My evaluation?  Excellent tool, much more worth-while than the Cold Steel Kukris, that are over twice the price.  The blade is entirely finely made, of good steel, and took an edge with my file, very quickly.  Very surprising, for such a large blade. 

I expect to order a second one of these, when I settle some bills, and  get the money. I usually buy one extra of what I store for survival.  Every family should store-up for themselves, and for another family of its size.

I may even order two more Ceremonial Kukris.   This large kukri, and the smaller one, fills the need of a machete-like weapon I have felt for years.  A kukri makes an excellent survival tool.

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Ceremonial Kukri Evaluation Addenda - Especially as I worked the handle down..., I have been becoming more adept at swinging the 30 inch Ceremonial Kukri as a weapon...

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New file in progress:

Remaking the Ceremonial Kukri Sheath

 

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