Khukuri Combat Knife
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- Khukuri Combat Knife
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Khukuri Combat Knife
Length: 8"-15" – 15" standard issue
Often spelled Kukri in the West no battle blade in the history of the world has more documented kills than the khukuri combat knife and is standard issue amongst the Gurkhas.
Both the blade and hilt are curved. The blade is very thick at the back measuring a little more than a quarter of an inch in thickness. From the back it is thinned off gradually to the edge, which has a curve of its own, quite different to that of the back, so the blade is widest as well as thickest in the middle, and tapers at one end towards the hilt and the other towards the point. The steel of which the blade is formed is of admirable temper.
The point of the Khukuri is as sharp as a needle, so that the weapon answers equally for cutting or stabbing. In consequence of the great thickness of the metal, the blade is exceedingly heavy. It may be imagined that a blow from such a weapon as this must be a very terrible one. The very weight of the blade would drive it half way through a mans arm if it were only allowed to fall from a little height.
To make a complete set every Khukuri must come with two small knives at the back. The two smaller knives used are of very similar form, but apparently of inferior metal. These are kept in little case attached to the side of the Khukuri sheath.
In the hands of an experienced wielder this knife is about as formidable a weapon as can be conceived. Like all really good weapons, it’s efficiency depends much more upon the skill that the strength of the wielder. Generally strike upwards with the Khukuri to avoid self harm and to make hard to guard against.
The blade is descended from the Greek kopis which is about 2,500 years old, thus making the khukuri one of the oldest blade forms in the history of the world. The blade was carried to the sub-continent by the troops of Alexander the Great and was copied by local Kamis. There are khukuris hanging on the walls of Nepal’s National Museum which are 500 years old or even more.