The Kukri is a curved Nepalese knife used as both a tool and a weapon. It was the Close Range weapons of the Gurkhas.
Description[edit | edit source]
The kukri has a heavy, forward-curved blade with a single cutting edge and a circular notch near the handle. It typically has a length of 16-18 inches (40-45 cm) and weighs 1 to 2 lbs (450 to 900 grams). It is similar in shape to the Iberian falcata and the Greek Kopis, it is even theorized to have been developed from the latter when it was introduced into India by Alexander the Great. The small notch in the lower part of the blade is symbolic of the trident of the Hindu deity Shiva. It also makes sure that blood dripping from the tip drops off the blade and does not reach the handle and make the wielder's hands slippery.
Uses[edit | edit source]
The kukri is primarily used for chopping, as the shape of the blade causes the blade to fall on the target faster and with more power. Despite a popular legend that a Gurkha "never sheathes his blade without first drawing blood", the kukri is most commonly used as a multi-use utility tool like a machete. The kukri is the icon of Nepal, and is a symbolic weapon of the Nepalese Army and all Gurkha regiments around the world.
Test[edit | edit source]
This weapon was tested against the camillus in eliminating 3 targets (2 guards, 1 pop-up). Although both weapons scored 3 kills with the camillus having a higher strike force of 81 mph to the kukri's 59 mph, the edge was given to the kukri for its larger blade.