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Khukri owners?

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 03 Sep, 2022 11:36 am

I'm about to order a new blade; using some of the money I'm getting from selling off my ski gear.
What's your preferred blade length?
I've found that my 10" blade really is far too short but I can't decide between 12", 13" or 15"
I'm also tossing up on blade shape and I'm thinking between the traditional Sirupate or the modern military style
Any khukri owners care to respond?
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Re: Khukri owners?

Postby ChrisJHC » Sat 03 Sep, 2022 3:20 pm

Have you considered a Parang instead?

https://www.cuttingedgeknives.com.au/pr ... =1541&rID=

12” looks popular.
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Re: Khukri owners?

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 03 Sep, 2022 4:18 pm

I've always felt comfortable with the khukri and never considered anything else as a chopper.
I've never used or handled a parang tho.
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Re: Khukri owners?

Postby icefest » Sat 03 Sep, 2022 7:12 pm

What will you be using it for?

I've switched to using a billhook for most of my scrub and twig-work - stays sharp longer and can easily use it near the ground!
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Re: Khukri owners?

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 03 Sep, 2022 9:23 pm

Simply because I can really.
I already own a bill hook
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Re: Khukri owners?

Postby stry » Sat 03 Sep, 2022 9:29 pm

10" is definitely too short.

To my inexperienced (in Kukris) mind, 15" is getting pretty long and clunky.

That leaves 12" and 13". Being a sucker for the proverbial "little bit more" I'd lean toward the 13", but I would also try to handle both (and maybe the 15"?) before making a decision.

Given that you are a tad larger than me 13" may be the pick.
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Re: Khukri owners?

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 04 Sep, 2022 10:27 am

I've been leaning towards 13"
I'll probably give the 10" to the middle daughter to use as a gardening tool OR I might just sell it as it's easilly worth $100-
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Re: Khukri owners?

Postby GregG » Sun 04 Sep, 2022 11:30 am

I have had this parang since 2010 when I bought it in a village in Sabah for $10, it is made from a car suspension spring which is a readily available local resource given the state of the tracks that pass for roads, the handle is made from tree wood and horn, it was manufactured under fairly primitive conditions which is fairly obvious from the rough surface of the blade. It has an 11" blade and is 17" LOA. I find it very handy for chopping green timber up to about 6"/8" diameter. I have longer machetes and cane knives but I find this 11" blade much easier to use and it is my go-to tool for work around the yard.
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Re: Khukri owners?

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 11 Sep, 2022 9:06 am

I decided on the 13" blade length and placed the order last night.
It probably won't arrive for a month or so but when it does I'll post some photos.
Ordered as a kangaroo pair along with a 5" bladed general purpose knife
The combination of blades will weigh over a kilo so I think I will need a dedicated belt to carry it, probably with a water bottle on the off-side hip to balance the weight
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