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Genuine Gurkha Aeof Kukri - 11" Authentic British Gurkha Afghan Issue Khukuri - Handmade By Ex Gurkha Khukuri House in Nepal
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- Authentic khukuri directly from Official Supplier to the Gurkhas in Nepal
- Hand Forged Blade Khukri - 11" Blade British Gurkha Afghan Issue Brown Sheath Kukri or Khukuris By Ex Gurkha Khukuri House in Nepal
- Handmade by "Bishwakarmas" (Born khukuri Makers) using the top quality materials in a very traditional way with predictable tools
- 11" Blade with 5" Rosewood handle, Overall length 16 Inches, Thickness about 10mm at Spine
- Unolished blade, sharp edge, Full tang rosewood handle, Refine Buffalo leather sheath
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This is the current issue Kukri for Gurkhas who are in Afghan war. Therefore the name derived after the Afghanistan. The Gurkhas are deployed since the war started for Enduring Operation Freedom in Afghanistan. The Regiment is decided to carry new kukri fit to the Afghan environment. Therefore the Afghan Kukri AEOF is issued to Gurkhas. It is about 16" in overall length with an 11" Double Fullered (Angkhola Style) semi-polished made of high graded carbon Steel, Very sharp blade. The handle is made of Rose-wood. The shape is different and has finger grip. The scabbard is natural leather which is brown color. Two small knife "karda"and" Chakmak" are free with this kukri. "karda"sharp one is for small type of work like skining animals etc.and "chakmak' blunt one is for sharpening the blade.This kukri can be used to cut wood,meat,clearing bushes etc. The craftsmanship on this knife is amazing so if you are looking for the finest quality Kukri for "Christmas Gift" you will not be disappointed. *Specification of 11" Authentic British Gurkha Afghan Issue Brown Sheath Khukuri : This is handcrafted kukri therefore please note that each one might have slight variations in size, weight and design. Blade Size and Type : 11 inch (27.5cm) Handmade and Unpolished blade. Handle : 5 Inches (12.70cm) full tang Rosewood handle. Material Used : Highly Graded Carbon Steel(car & jeep spring leaf), Rosewood for handle, Refine buffalo leather for scabbard (Outside), Pinewood for Scabbard (inside), Whitemetal and "Laha" (Nepali Traditional Glue).. Weight : 1.76 lbs (800 grams) Approx, Blade and Sheath & Karda & Chakmak. Overall length : 15.5 inches (38.75cm) from tip of the blade to pommel of the handle (Aprox) . Place Of Origin : EGKH Factory in Dharan (East Nepal)
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I chose the latter, and boy, I am glad that I did. Not only is the knife ridiculously awesome, but it made me realize that drunk me is the best me.
If you are looking for the most efficient and effective modern blade on the market, stop reading. If you are looking for a factory produced knife with precise tolerances and rigid quality control, look elsewhere. This is not your knife. This is a true handmade Nepali Kukri. It is awesome for certain jobs, and not so great for others. It is steeped in culture, and every knife has its own personality. It can be a functional tool, a collectors item, or a thoughtful gift.
Onto the nitty-gritty review:
1. This particular Kukri is built like a tank. Not just does it boast an 11" blade, but it packs considerable more heft than typical household Kukris. That means that this Kukri is an extremely powerful chopper and splitter, but less practical for tasks which require more precision. This Kukri is an excellent knife for the camp, the home, or the vehicle, but is wildly impractical for backpacking or survival. In the latter situations, a lighter Kukri would be a far better choice, even if no blade length is sacrificed. (See pictures for size comparison between the 11" AEOF Kukri and a more conventional 11" Kukri that I made myself. Despite having the same blade length, the AEOF is a MUCH bigger knife).
2. Like most Nepali Kukris this blade is made out of high carbon steel, almost certainly from a salvaged leaf spring. This means that it will rust very easily in the field. This can be minimized with regular oiling, however I personally do not see the point. For a workhorse Kukri like this one, I let it rust, and scrape off the rust with a steel scouring pad when the rain stops. This does not affect the Kukris performance in my eyes, and actually results in a patina which I find very attractive (see images). If however you want to keep it looking shiny and new, you will need to babysit it in the field.
3. Like most Nepali Kukri sheaths, the included sheath is not especially practical. The hide comes brittle and chipped. The blade must be rocked laterally to enter and exit the sheath. As far as I am concerned, the sheath is just good for covering the blade while not in use, but not much else. If and when I carry a Kukri on my body, I opt for a custom kydex sheath. I would never carry a Kukri this heavy on my waist though.
4. Like most handmade products, this Kukri is subject to imperfections. The handle on my Kukri was pretty badly botched, as seen in the image. This has not affect the performance of the knife however, nor do I expect it to in the future. If it does, I can fix it. In the meantime, it has personality.
5. The handle is pretty thick. I have average sized male hands, and it is just a bit large for me. I would not recommend this Kukri for those with hands below an average male size.
*Note that in the 2 comparison pictures, the AEOF kukri is brand new, whereas the other pictures were taken after a month of heavy use. It came out of the box brand new and shiny, although I promptly corrected this.*
This is a real Nepali Kukri, and that in itself is a beautiful thing to own. If you are looking for a powerful chopper to serve as a more versatile alternative to a hand axe, look no further. If you are looking for a conversation piece with a rich cultural history, you have found a wonderful item. If you are looking for a high performance modern blade, your needs would likely be better served elsewhere.
Overall the 11" model is pretty huge. It has a thick spine, about 1/2 as thick as the back of my thumb. The steel feels very sturdy, and overall the knife has an authentic feel too it. More like a hard core, genuine farm tool than a finely crafted item.
The craftsmanship is solid, but rough. Pretty rough in spots. It adds to the spirit of the knife, but if you're looking for something flawless, this isn't for you. Mine has a slight curve to the right along the spine. It is not perfectly straight. It is not uniformly thick either. But it is very thick to make up for it. There are plenty of tooling marks, stray scratches, hammer mis-strikes and such. You can almost imagine someone pounding away on it on an anvil by hand.
The blade contour is well formed and it comes to a fast, quite sharp tip. It arrived relatively sharp, but not finely sharpened. It will need a touch up at the least. Came well protected with a thick coat of oil.
It has the feel of a hatchet crossed with a machete. Very weight forward, heavy, wanting to be swung. Well suited to chopping and swinging tasks. Would make short work of wood or bone.
The handle is a nice size, but I could see where it could become slippery and get away from you if you are not careful. Perhaps consider other handle shapes too. If you dropped this on your foot, it's sharp point and heft would cause some serious, serious damage. It would probably go right through your leg also, if you miss.
The sheath is made from a hard rawhide. Rock-hard, like a dog's chew toy. With flimsy straps. Ok for storage but useless for carry. Catchy and hard to get the blade into smoothly. Not great. Needs a custom sheath if you want to carry it into the brush.
The two tiny knives are pretty useless but the idea is good. You'd need a small knife to pair with this monster if you are out there. One is a small, thick paring knife as dull a a butter knife, the other is just like it but squared off (a sharpener) on both ends like the back of a very thick butter knife.
Overall, despite it's flaws, I'd say get one if you want a rough and tough monster as a showpiece or brush hacker. I'll probably get a 2nd small one to pair with it. No need to worry about nicking/scratching it up. There's something I still really like about it that pushes it up to 4/5.