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9/14/11 7:53 PM
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Folks,

Xmas is approaching and I'm looking for a source to order a Nepalese Kukri (made in Nepal). Anybody have any experience with reputable dealers?

Google has yielded this supplier:

http://www.thekhukurihouse.com/

Thoughts?

Thx!
9/14/11 11:08 PM
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no personal experience, but that's a badass knife...have fun!
9/16/11 12:08 AM
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I've heard good things about the link you posted, but not had any first hand dealings with them.

I've ordered three kuks (actually ordered two and they gave me a third free) from these people before : http://khukuripalace.com/ Fast shipping and the kuks were great.
10/13/11 7:57 AM
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I've bought from the Khukuri House before - both in person from their store in Kathmandu and via online order. Also bought online from other khukuri stores in Kathmandu. Have not had any problems in placing my orders. If you're in the US a good place to check out is Himalayan Imports, based in Nevada, owned by a Nepalese lady (she and her late American husband opened HI many years ago). They have their own smiths in Nepal who make all their blades for them. They have a great reputation in the knife and outdoors community. They have their own website, but are more active on blade forums: http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/739-Himalayan-Imports

Another place to consider is Tora Blades out of UK. They also have their own set-up in Nepal who make their blades for them. http://torabladesforum.co.uk/

All places make traditional Nepalese kukris/khukuris. HI's blades are known to be big, heavy and strong - even a bit too overbuilt. Tora is known for making their blades as close to older historical specs as possible.

Check them out and best of luck!
11/16/11 10:37 PM
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Do they have any instructionals for Kukri
11/17/11 9:04 PM
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Most of your basic kali will work with it.

That being said, I remember an interview with an actual Gurkha where he was asked about teh kukri training, his response "oh, raise blade up.....higher, now bring it down, now repeat, now move on to the next guy".

The actual gurkhas train in TKD. The kukri is a knife they carry and use every day, so they're familiar enough with it that much more training isn't needed. Here's a vid of them demoing some knife work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPD9LxbgLxU
11/25/11 5:07 PM
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thanks for the link. I always wanted a kukri so i guess its time for an early christmas present.

12/3/11 1:40 PM
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Skpotamus - Most of your basic kali will work with it.

That being said, I remember an interview with an actual Gurkha where he was asked about teh kukri training, his response "oh, raise blade up.....higher, now bring it down, now repeat, now move on to the next guy".

The actual gurkhas train in TKD. The kukri is a knife they carry and use every day, so they're familiar enough with it that much more training isn't needed. Here's a vid of them demoing some knife work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPD9LxbgLxU


^^^ All true! My father was an officer in a Gorkha/Gurkha battalion in India, and I spent a large part of my childhood amongst Gurkhas. Also, I'm from the Himalayas, can speak the language and am familiar with their culture, etc. And for what I'm aware, there is no elaborate, codified system for using the kukri comparable to FMA, kenjutsu, etc. The Gurkhas' capabilities with the kukri predominantly stems from their close familiarity with and everyday use of the blade, combined with their predisposition to close in and mix it up with their enemies. Not to say the older vets don't tell the younger recruits what body parts of the enemy they have to aim for, etc.

As you can see in the video attached above, there is a basic system of kukri use being taught recently to the British Gurkhas, but this is a very recent phenomenon. I'm not aware if the Indian Gorkhas are being taught anything similar.

Besides this, the closest to a kukri drill common amongst Gurkhas takes the form of a kukri dance, see examples in the videos below:

British Gurkhas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoxsJtvcIHM

Indian Gorkhas - 3rd Gorkha Rifles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH9M-2LOXDA

5th Gorkha Rifles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpy7v2dLefk

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