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Message started by kicktheotter on Apr 25th, 2018 at 12:38pm

Title: My New Kukri
Post by kicktheotter on Apr 25th, 2018 at 12:38pm
I've always loved the look of forward facing knives and swords The sica, falx, falcata, kopis, "talon" knives etc. and, of course, the kukri (khukuri). Now I finally have my own! This one to be precise:

https://torablades.com/shop/index.php?_a=product&product_id=205

It's really beautiful and the craftsmanship is flawless. I just had to show it off here :D
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Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by Morphy on Apr 25th, 2018 at 12:48pm
Wow, nice knife! Have you had a chance to try it out yet?

Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by kicktheotter on Apr 25th, 2018 at 2:15pm
Only just arrived today so not yet. It's really nice in the hand so far though. I really can't wait to put it to work :D

Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by Curious Aardvark on Apr 26th, 2018 at 7:40am
what's the little flat black 'blade' for ?
Not seen one of those before.

Cracking looking knife :thumb:

Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by kicktheotter on Apr 26th, 2018 at 7:47am
It's called a chakmak and isn't actually sharp but meant for honing the edge of the blade. The small knife is called the karda.

Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by Bill Skinner on Apr 26th, 2018 at 12:33pm
Nice knife.  I like it.

If you like forward curved knives and swords, check out some of the Central African swords like the membala or membala or the shotel.

Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by kicktheotter on Apr 26th, 2018 at 12:54pm
Oh yeah those are another type I really like. A lot of African weapons are really interesting.

I'm not sure why but inward curving weapons just really appeal to me. There's this book series which is REALLY good called The Edge Chronicles and in the second book, Stormchaser, there's a flathead goblin who uses a sickle as a weapon and it might well be that that first influenced me :D

Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by Bill Skinner on Apr 26th, 2018 at 8:22pm
That should be "membele or mambala".  Both the same weapon, just different ways to pronounce it.

I think I will try to make one this weekend.  I have some commercial lawn mower blades, I will split one lengthwise with an angle grinder with a cutting blade, fire up the grill and go to beating. 

I think I will try a shotel first.  It's a double edged, slim bladed, slashing short sword without a guard.  It was made to be able to stab or slash around  a shield, thus the point and in curved blade.  It was used with a small round shield.

Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by kicktheotter on Apr 26th, 2018 at 11:44pm
Can't wait to see that :D

Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by Curious Aardvark on Apr 27th, 2018 at 6:45am

Kick wrote on Apr 26th, 2018 at 7:47am:
It's called a chakmak and isn't actually sharp but meant for honing the edge of the blade. The small knife is called the karda.


I know that. But usually the sharpening one still looks like a mini knife. First time I've seen one that's a flat cutout of a different material. Thought maybe it was the magnesium stuff for fire lighting :-)

Title: Re: My New Kukri
Post by kicktheotter on Apr 27th, 2018 at 7:53am
Oh right yeah sometimes they are made more as a "set" and sometimes it's just a piece of steel like this one.

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