KA-BAR 2-1249-9 Kukri
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- Weight: 1.30 lbs.
- Steel: 1085 Carbon
- Blade Type: Fixed Blade
- Lock Style: N/A
- Measurements: Blade length 11.5"; Overall length 17"
- Edge Angles: 22 Degrees
- Handle Material: TPR
- Blade Thickness: 0.165
Ka-Bar 2-1249-9 Kukri
Surviving the toughest field testing, the Kukri boasts excellent results in chopping and basic field use. Comes with leather/Cordura sheath.
- Grind: Hollow
- Shape: Kukri
- HRC: 52-54
- Stamp: KA-BAR
- Butt Cap/Guard: N/A
- Pocket Clip: N/A
- Made in: Taiwan
- NSN: N/A
The Kukri Machete features a 11 1/2 in. blade made from 1085 Carbon and a black Kraton- G. Machete has an overall length of 17 in. includes lanyard hole and a leather/cordura sheath. ATTRIBUTES Blade Detail: Plain Edge Blade Length (inches):11.50Blade Material:1095 High Carbon Black Carry System: Leather/Cordura Sheath Handle Material: Kraton Overall Length (inches):17.00
Field-tested and -approved, the Ka-Bar Kukri machete is ideal for chopping down weeds, clearing a campsite, or cutting small branches. The machete is equipped with a 1085 Kukri-style carbon-steel blade that excels at chopping and basic field use, along with an ergonomically shaped Kraton G thermoplastic elastomer handle with a non-slip grip. The Kukri measures 17 inches overall with an 11-1/2-inch blade and comes with a black leather/Cordura combination sheath.
- Blade shape: Kukri
- Stamp: Taiwan
- Edge angle: 20 degrees
- Steel: 1085 carbon
- Pocket clip: N/A
- Lock style: N/A
- Grind: Hollow
- Handle: Kraton G
- Blade length: 11-1/2 inches
- Overall length: 17 inches
- Weight: 1.7 pounds
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I'm mainly reviewing to offer up an alternative carrying position using the included sheath. You can run a belt through the D-loop and the front retention strap (backside of sheath) such that the knife sits horizontally across your lower back (scout style); blade edge towards the ground, handle pointing to your left-hand side. Unfortunately, using the D-loop doesn't allow you to mirror this arrangement and put the handle on your right side unless you're willing to flip the blade edge-up and rely solely on the front strap for blade retention. However, it isn't as much of a problem for a blade this size/style, as most people would be using it for longer tasks when it need not be manipulated into or out of the sheath as frequently.
If you are still reading this instead of entering your Ship To information then you are one of those people that need a little more info, so read on.
First impression opening this Kukri is summed up most completely with "F-yeah." It looks awesome. This knife has the presence of a serious tool/weapon without sacrificing utility for that ninjas and zombies BS that will have you laughed out of camp. It has confidence inspiring heft but is not too heavy to wear on a belt all day. The blade is strait and sharp. The coating seems to be of high quality. The rubber of the handle is soft enough to provide excellent grip and still very firm and durable. You will not be able to wait to try it out. That says something about a tool.
First impression using this thing was "........." Speechless. I've used plenty more traditionally shaped machetes as well as all manners of axes and hatchets. This is a tool in a different class. There is a reason this blade is shaped this way, it just works. If you like and have time i'm sure you can find mounds of information on why the KuKri style blade increases the force of impact, I don't need to go into it. What I will say is that saplings or branches up to 2" take very little effort, it slices right through them, not breaking them, slicing them like a carrot. I reach for this over the tree saw for anything under 6". It does this while maintaining a relatively short blade and compact feel. I feel much less fatigue than other chopping tools. It's relatively compact size lends to ease of use and control as apposed to wild "hail Mary" swings of heavier or longer tools. Precision is safety right?
This one tool is about all you need in camp. Pair it will a good pocket knife and you are set. No need for a hatchet, it is awesome for kindling. No need for an ax as it can chop with the best of them. No need for a fire poker, no need for a spatula to flip steaks, no need for a bottle opener. The uses for this knife are only limited by your resourcefulness.
It is durable beyond belief. I have used it to split large rounds of fire wood by embedding it in the round then repeatedly slamming another round down on top of the blade, no joke. It worked and came out none the worse for ware.
The curve of the blade makes it a little tough to sharpen with a stone,but with some practice you will get it. If not clamp it in a table vise and use a file, or kitchen knife sharpener, whatever you want. It's not a picky blade when it comes to taking and edge on.
So to the nay-sayers giving poor reviews; Yes, this is a $45 Kukri made in Taiwan, not the USA. This doesn't matter in the least to me. If this matters to you, take your snobby self back to the beginning of the 20th century when this was actually relevant, the grownups are trying to talk. Also, in 8 months of ownership not one branch has refused to cleave, round refused to split, brush refused to yield or tree refused to fall because this blade didn't say "USA" on the side. Seriously in the 100's of swings and hacks I'v taken with this blade I don't think country of manufacture came up once.
This thing looks every bit as serious as it is. Its intimidating on the hip, and it damn well should be. If you are shy on the hiking trail or sensitive to offending day hiking granolas with the presents of such a formidable implement of man, then stick to your multi-tool in it's cute unassuming leather pouch. This thing hangs low in its sheath its large and black and has that unmistakable wicked curve of an ruthlessly efficient cutting tool. It is awesome.
It will outlive it's sheath. I fashioned a sheath out of kydex that is working beautifully. If you aren't handy in that way then pony up the cash and by one off ebay. I've seen a guy selling them out there and they look quite amazing.
In summary. If you want a no nonsense utilitarian tool that will look after you in the woods and never quit. Buy this, worth every penny.
If you are too xenophobic to carry a tool not made in your own back yard, then I feel bad for you, because this thing is executed perfectly and the price is right. You are missing out.
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1. The coating on the blade feels like asphalt shingles. It's very rough. I can literally file my nails on it. Unfortunately it also marks very easily.
2. The edge is fairly stout, dull and high angle - clearly designed only for chopping. Yet, it's the kukri blade is not really long enough to make chopping easy. Sharpened length of the blade is about 10" long. Sure, it's longer than most knives but those knives can also be used as, you know, knives. This kukri would require significant edge modifications to be used as a regular knife.
3. The handle is a bit too round for my liking - the blade wants to spin in hand fairly easily on hard strikes and it isn't that easy to index the blade just right. There is also no finger guard so stabbing anything is not a good idea.
What I do like about this kukri:
1) it's clearly very well made. The lines are clean and the blade is about 5/32" thick. I still wouldn't use it for prying though as it gets thinner towards the tip.
2) Unsharpened portion of the blade creates a finger choil, allowing to get more control for finer tasks (if the blade is reprofiled).
3) the sheath it comes with is actually a LOT nicer than Ka-Bar's BK5/7/9 sheath - go figure! It's not amazing but definitely not bad!
I guess I'm just confused as to where this kukri fits. It's not really a machete, because it's too short for that. It's not really a knife as it's got a very rough coating and a stout chopping edge on it. It's definitely cheaper than a BK9, but it's still more than double the price of my Cold Steel Royal Kukri. It's made in Taiwan by the way, so "Made in USA/Canada" argument doesn't apply here.
This kukri definitely isn't bad, but I think that ultimately I prefer my Cold Steel Royal Kukri machete. It's quite a bit longer so it works MUCH better as a machete, but once in sheath, it's only 3.5" longer than this Kabar Kukri (won't make a difference strapped to the side of a pack). Royal Kukri edge is closer to a regular knife in profile and the blade can be held in ways that make finer tasks like creating some wood shavings for a fire quite easy. The handle is both less prone to rotation and is more protected from the blade. And it's half the price.
Perhaps that's just me though. If you have your mind set on this kabar kukri, then I think you'll be quite happy, especially if you're willing to put some work in re-profiling the edge.
I have this kukri as well as the Cold Steel one. Both are effective for different purposes. With the longer, thinner blade the Cold Steel was better at bush whacking. The shorter, thicker blade of the Ka-Bar is way better to chop kindling. Even cut up veggies for dinner with it...the ultimate camping knife.
The blade coating is very rough and already some of it is coming off. But, this isn't a beauty contest and it still chops like a champ!
I already have the smaller one, two Kabar Kukri is not an exaggeration, but I wont collect everything that bears the
On a side note my first knife arrived without a sheath. Amazon's replacement process was very easy, and fast. I had my replacement within a few days.
Overall, a fairly inexpensive, high-value blade if you are looking for a larger camp cutter.