Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fixed Blade or Folder?

Which is better – the fixed blade or the folder knife? That’s a hard one. Both styles have their share of fans and their worth depends on the environment they are used. Here, we summarize what they bring to the table. 

A fixed blade knife is one solid piece of steel with no moving parts, which makes it less likely to break. Due to this durability, and their greater length and strength, fixed blade knives make for perfect outdoor companions.  They can perform tasks that are invaluable in the wild, such as chopping, prying, digging, hammering, and hunting. Also, they are relatively cheaper than folding knives and require little effort to clean. However, while fixed blades are great for rugged work, they are not as convenient as their folding counterparts.

A folding knife is easier to carry because of its small size. It fits in the pocket, hence the term “pocket knife.” Folding knives are better for tasks that require skill and precision; for instance, extracting objects from crevices, opening boxes and cans, peeling fruit, fishing (cutting line, removing hooks). While they may not have the toughness of fixed blades, folding pocket knives are far from soft and are in many ways safer and less hassling. They also do not draw much attention.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Kukris – History and Legend

The Bowie Knife. The Stiletto. The Machete. The Scimitar.  These are the names of four of the most celebrated knives/swords in history. The Kukri, the national knife of Nepal, deserves a place in that pantheon. The earliest record of the Kukri (pronounced “Khukuri” in Nepal) dates back to 1627 but the tool really only came into prominence during the Anglo-Nepal War in 1814 when the untrained Gurkhas armed with unique looking blades gave the most powerful empire of the time all it could handle.

Since then, the British and the Gurkhas have fought side by side, including the World Wars I&II. The Gurkhas were also famously part of the British Task Force which took back the Falklands from Argentina in 1982. The effectiveness of the Kukri is best illustrated in one unconfirmed but popular story regarding that war. As propaganda, pictures were published and circulated of Gurkhas sharpening their weapons, a move designed to unnerve the Argentine conscript soldiers. It is said the latter promptly surrendered the area. 

Traditionally, the Gurkha Kukri is fashioned by the Nepalese “Kami” clan of blacksmiths.  Since it is compact in size, less metal is used to make a Kukri than a conventional sword. The knife averages about 14–16 inches in length comprising a steel blade and a wooden, metal or bone curved handle. The Kukri also exhibits a distinct notch at the start of the blade (see Image). One unverified theory is that it prevents blood from flowing to the handle. Also, it is shaped like the hoof of a cow which is considered holy and worshiped by the Nepalese. 

So, how did the Kukri get its distinctive curved shape? There are theories aplenty. Some believe that the knife descended from the Greek Kopis. Others liken it to the Macedonian sword carried by Alexander’s troops in 4th century BC. Another theory suggests that the build is similar to old Japanese swords.

You can check out our wide range of Kukris here.