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The $20 BudK Budget Gurkha Kukri knife review. A cheap fun chopper.

Small practical knives aren’t always fun, and camp axes are for squares… or just regular outdoor bros. But a genuine Gurkha Kukri blade, like this one from Budk or amazon, is cheap and fun, and down for whatever you throw at it. Or whatever you throw it at… rather. In this genuine kukri review I abuse, baton wood, and chop many many things. Like wood and bamboo and stumps- normal knife bro things. I’ve had it for several years, so I comment on the durability, and things I’ve learned about it. Like it’s favorite Trump cabinet member. Hint, it’s Mick Mulvaney. If you want a cheap fun machete and camp axe hybrid, this is your blade. It features a high carbon steel blade, and a handle made out of exotic hardwood, or whatever.
Also weight without sheath should read 1.55 lbs. not “oz”
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23 replies on “The $20 BudK Budget Gurkha Kukri knife review. A cheap fun chopper.”

I believe I bought the same one. The handle is the same. I paid more than what you paid for yours. But couldn't find anywhere else because its not a popular brand or if it's even a brand for it. I'm just glad I came across your video on it. No a machete will not do for what I want to do on my property. Thank you

I watched a couple of your videos now and you're putting me back in the mood to play with khukuri's so I have a question I hope you can answer. I want to make my own custom handled set to mimic the HI cherokee, I like my HI penknife and the cherokee seems like a bigger version with the much fatter tip. But they don't sell the damn thing anymore. Cherokee here.

I want full tang stock to begin with, I'll taper it if needs be, ideally no fullers because I wanna stock remove my own. Now this budK looks like it could fit the bill as a test run except it's a tiny bit slimmer on the tip but it looks really wide on the ricasso. Are there any others you could recommend I look at that might be a tad bigger,, the heavier the better so I can remove material to suit. I have made a couple of knives but can't temper or forge in my apartment so this is a semi fiddle knife project. As long as it's full tang I don't much care about the handle quality obviously, and a villager that is blunt out of the box is obviously fine, but by the look of this review I want something with a slightly tougher and more understood blade qualities than random internet sources. And as I want to chop it up quite a bit the cheaper the better.

Funny to see one of your videos with no voiceover. How did you get an edge on this thing? Mine is about as dull as a pry bar. Okay, it’s way duller than that.

I think the kukri industry is mostly driven by the incorrect assumption that if it costs more it must be better. there are countless youtube videos of British folk blithering on about tourist kukris, but actually, this Indian made kukri may be the most authentic functional kukri as it is a copy MKIII Indian military kukri. Although this is a full tang, and not rat-tailed as most koookries, it's clearly tapered, so there is clearly some attention put towards balance. as others such as cliffstamp have realized Himalayan imports has upped the spine thickness and handle length over the years, so it's about as traditional as this Indian kukri. You dont have to pay in excess of 200$ to get a ghetto-tempered piece of automobile spring. All that's left is to make it a singular bevel, and modify the sheath, don't give your money to those making fortunes of impoverished Nepalese folk.

I have two Bud K Kukri they are made like a tank and they will take a keen edge and keep it and the blades are made from truck leaf springs and heat treated the Bud K Kukri are actually made by a family in India that are ex Indian Gurkha

Most original Kukri (when introduced) were made with high-carbon iron, then base steel. Made very thick with an axe edge to prevent chipping, as it was mostly used as a tool. Exceptional kukri (considered military grade) were and are made with, mostly, USA small/medium class vehicle leafspring steel; the best mass-produced spring steel ever produced to date. The steel came from mostly abandoned and wrecked vehicles, so there is little to no cost involved. Being an owner of several style kukri (and various downward-slope blades) this produced model is one of the best I’ve ever owned. There are 2 negatives: the handle and maintenance. I removed the center extrusion of the wood handle and steel blade; this resulted in better handling and balance due to the butt end being more effective as a leverage point. Blade maintenance is self-explanatory for non-coated spring steels, but is very involved.
Edit: Also, the best sharpening stones are pucks. The handles are above-par because the glue that is used is derived from wood sap.

As you do understand and appreciate the idea of it, why don't you get a good one from Nepal? It's nothing but the quality version of yours in the vid ^^

The grips of all the various Indian-made khuks Ive used (going back to ww2 manufacture) are sheesham, shisham, or Indian rosewood, different names for the same hardwood.. looks like all the Windlass, and these khuks use the rosewood too, it's an Indian substitute for walnut. Wondering how many manufactories of Indian khuks there are, they all seem to look and perform the same and emanate from Dehra Dun, where Windlass has been turning them out since ww2. There is a Dehra Dun in my selection that looks exactly like these and the other inexpensive Indian khuks but is dated to 1944 and is British "broad arrow" stamped. Anyways they're all shisham-wood. Sometimes wonder what the forged mystery-metal blades are…These made to Indian military specs are differentially-tempered, with a harder belly and softer tip and waist. Rumor says they are made from automobile springs
As mentioned, the ring in the center of the grip is to prevent your hand from sliding forward in a "stab", or becoming airborne in a slash.. works well for that but Ive had to work on some of mine with VERY LIGHT grinding and sanding to make them more hand-friendly.
Mine have been given work-outs in real time and except for the funky wood-and-goatskin scabbards hold together very well and can actually be given a very sharp edge. If you use this very much, you will want a better sheath- I made my own with saddle leather and glue and had a local leather guy sew it for me.

please please please try a Himalayan imports knife you will die and go to heaven compared to this

…..LOL!!!! With all due respect, I appreciate your review, and video, (but, your wood chopping skills are very crude, and I think that a drunken Beaver could out chop you! LOL!!! Fun to watch a Good Knife, in use!…. Thanks!!! Watch this:

my handle came off, lots of 2 part epoxy, going strong for years now…think I like this one better than the condor heavy ….its a size thing.

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