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Cold Steel San Mai Gurkha Kukri Kraton Handle (Secure-Ex Sheath)


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  • Blade Length: 12"
  • Handle: 5" Long Kraton
  • Steel: VG-1 San MAI III Steel
  • Overall: 17"
  • Blade Thick: 5/16"
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Product Description

The Kukri blade, with its markedly downward curved blade, has long been identified with the Gurkha Warriors of Nepal, the ferocious mercenaries who have who have wielded this blade for over 150 years in the service of the British Empire. The Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri was inspired by Cold Steel President, Lynn C. Thompson's close association with Dr. Maung Gyi, chief instructor of the American Bando Association, and a renowned martial artist with wide-ranging knowledge and skills. Under Dr. Gyi's tutelage, Lynn gained insight into the full potential of the Kukri and learned it was not just a chopping weapon but a piercing, slashing, and smashing weapon as well. Smashing techniques allow the Kukri to function as a hammer or mallet or to deliver non-lethal blows in a self-defense role. A concentrated blow with the back of the blade can break bones or be lethal if directed at the head. With Dr. Gyi's input, Thompson designed a longer, narrower point for the Gurkha Kukri with more distal tapering to the spine. This resulted in a thinner, sharper point which can be deeply driven into thick, tough targets with minimal effort. Finally a masterfully designed Kraton handle was added to maximize the blade's fierce potential. Perfectly contoured and deeply checkered, it offers a superb non-slip grip and cushions the hand from the shock of the hardest blow. The Gurkha Kukri's VG-1 San Mai III® blade will out-chop any factory or handmade knives; including swords twice its size, even expensive, hand forged Japanese Katanas. It's the heaviest Kukri on the market. The blade is almost an inch wider near the tip than at the handle, shifting the knife's balance point forward to allow a substantial blow to be struck with minimal effort, using inertia alone to complete the cut.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000WAHC0O
  • Item model number: 35ATCJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,566 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By huntercamperhiker on October 4, 2011
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I was pretty dissapointed in my Cold Steel San Mai III Gurka Kukri. I had read a previous review about how easily it was dulled, but I just had to see for myself. lol I chopped ONE little limb less than the size of a pencil and, you guessed it, it just barely nicked the blade. Now I've got all kinds of knives and ALL of them outperform this decorative boat anchor. I don't care that you can bend the blade 90 degrees and it doesnt break. If I'd of wanted a prybar, I'd have went to Home Depot or Lowes. I'm not saying it wouldn't be useful in a zombie attack, but if you need a serious blade, look elsewhere than at San Mai III blades. Hope this helps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fester on August 24, 2014
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I had the privilege of being trained in combat use of a Kukri by one of the 13 original students of this blades co-designer. From this standpoint the blade is very well-designed with good weight and balance. The grip is also very good and I would expect the grip to be good if it got "wet" should I have to employ the Kukri to save my own skin...

The blade is extremely sharp and the blunt of the blade is relatively wide and heavy and would be effective in a striking blow.

I will leave its effectiveness at "woodchopping" and the elimination of Zombies to others...
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50 of 70 people found the following review helpful By O. Dibble on June 15, 2010
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This knife appears and sounds great, that is why I purchased it despite the high sticker price. However, shortly after I received the product I left for Costa Rica and planned that this blade would be perfect for the local climate and vegetative conditions. The blade lasted only the first week of six that I spent in Costa Rica. The first issue occurred when harvesting and preparing a coconut for consumption. When striking the hard inner-core of the coconut the blade suffered very large chips and breaks in the blade. This rendered the once very sharp edge useless and un-repairable without a grinder. The second issue, not that it is needed, occurred after replacing the kukri with a 5 dollar Cornuta machete that out preformed and out lasted the $300+ kukri. My new 22 oz. kukri paperweight whilst being transported so that I could return it when I returned home oxidized despite oil treatment and being packed away from exposure to the elements. If you plane to use this blade for more then admiring DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT A $5-20 PRODUCT WILL OUT PREFORM.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Grubb on January 3, 2014
Yes, it's expensive, but it works as a knife, sword, machete, and hatchet all-in-one. Polish the blade and you can use it as a signaling mirror. I've had mine for several years and have used it to cut down four inch diameter trees. The kraton handle grips your hand ferociously. The sheath is superb. I attach a pouch to hold my Firesteel ferro rod and another pouch to hold my Smith's sharpener, which is all I need to keep the edge on this knife. I've read all the bad press the CSGK gets and decided I must not be treating mine rough enough. I took it out back and started hacking away at a 1/2 inch diameter steel spike. It left deep gashes in the steel and didn't even scratch the knife. I never take just one knife into the woods (I always take a small Morakniv for detail work) but if I had to, I would take this knife, because it does the job of four different blades. Yes, it would be a great zombie killer, but it would also be a formidable weapon against non-fictional threats...including another knife.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tikkidaddy on August 13, 2013
I was given my CSGK in San Mai as a gift from my wife 7 years ago. I didn't pay nearly as much as the price listed here.I also own the original Carbon V version, a christmas gift from my two boys.

I wanted a lighter weight, slimmer, sleeker design than my beloved Himalayan Imports versions, made in Nepal, that could serve as a weapon, if the need arose, as well as a medium duty survival tool.

The CSSMGK is convex ground, which gives more support behind the striking edge than a western ground knife.

IF the steel is above par, the outer layers are of equal size, shape, thickness etc...and IF the heat treat is perfect...and IF the tempering was done correctly...and IF the knife was properly sharpened...you get a winner.

But its still what I consider a medium duty survival or self-defense/combat tool.

The khukuri chopped a salt-treated 1x1 (square) in half nearly by its self, all I did to help was mount the 1x1 so it would stand up straight, set my elbow down on my leg, and used the weight of the knife alone, guiding the chops, and rotated the 1x1.
No edge damage observed. It was a little more dull in tiny spots, which I corrected w/ a field strop and green compound. It would still make paper "scream", and shave hair easily.
Its Carbon V counterpart is far more "durable" and scratch resistant, but hey, this one is stainless steel.

This knife is great if your looking for a Zombie Attack Endtime Game over scenario blade, or you just don't have time to take care of your knives.

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If you got the money and want the best this is it. Weight, balance, sharpness, ease of sharpening, sheath, finish this is it just costs is all, Cuts like sword, Nepal kukris cut but my gosh the extra weight slows them down. When you watch cold steel cutting videos remember some of these guys are real big and throw their whole body into it, the best out there
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