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
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
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.
SK-5 is the Japanese equivalent of American 1080, a high carbon steel
with carbon between 0.75%-0.85% and 0.60%-0.90% manganese. As quenched,
it has a hardness near Rc 65 and produces a mixture of carbon rich
martensite with some small un-dissolved carbides. The excess carbide
increases abrasion resistance and allows the steel to achieve an ideal
balance of very good blade toughness with superior edge holding ability.
Due to these characteristics, this grade of steel has been used
traditionally for making a variety of hand tools, including chisels and
woodcutting saws, and has stood the test of time and use over many years
in many countries.
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.
Each Gurkha Kukri is supplied with a Secure-Ex® sheath to protect the
blade and allow you to wear it safely and securely on your side always
ready to defend you and your loved ones.
- Weight: 22 oz.
- Blade: 12"
- Thick: 5/16"
- Overall: 17"
- Handle: Kraton
- Sheath: Secure-Ex
- Steel: SK-5 High Carbon