Cold Steel, The right choice?

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  1. e_monster55

    e_monster55 New Member

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    This is an off-topic post, I am deciding on weather or not I should purchase a Cold Steel Kukri, or decide on a different Kukri.<br>I know Cold Steel sells the Magnum and the Ghurka style Kukri, and I don't know which of the two is better, I also don't know if I should go for a Cold steel Kukri, or choose a different one. Please offer your un-biased opinion and advice. Thank you.
     
  2. JoergS

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    Cold Steel makes great weapons, for a fair price. <br><br>But of course Khukris are still made in the countries of origin. <br><br><a href="http://www.himalayan-imports.com/khuk1.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.himalayan-imports.com/khuk1.html</a><br><br>I heard many good things about the genuine Khukris.
     

  3. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <div>Ok, im not trying to blast cold steel, the knives come super sharp and are really nice to play with, i have a rajah 2 and 3 . the only problem is i cannot for the life of me return this blade to the sharpness it came as. <br><br>Is it something to do with the steel? that is what i have heard. :s <br><br>My favorite knife so far is from Ontario knives , quality and holds an edge, and can be sharpened even by me lol.</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  4. tokSick

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    @ Ryan,<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuR_mNLpQow" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HERE</a> is a vid from a guy who did some tests on wood and other materials first. In his vid you can see the kukri don' t cut anymore but after sharpening it, it cut like a razor.
     
  5. larrys

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    Hi, I am going to chine in on this one. I own three kukris and one kopis (which I made). I am currently making a fourth kukri. Two of the kukris are Cold Steel's, the third was made in either in Nepal or northern India. Both Cold Steel knives are US-made by Camillus Cutlery, unfortunately Camillus is out of business. So, Cold Steel Knives are now made in a number of different countries, the Ghurka Kukris I believe are made in Taiwan, the magnum kukri machete is made in South Africa. If you are looking for machete than the magnum is the one to get, it will cost you about $30 bucks. If on the other hand you are looking for a knife that you can bet your life on then the Gurkha Kukri is the one to get, it will run you about $230+ bucks. From my experience cold steel knives have been the sharpest knives out-of-the-box that I have owned. I use the loaf bread test for sharpness --hold a loaf of un-sliced bread upside down and take slices off of it with one-stroke, the two cold steel kukris have both passed this test. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  6. e_monster55

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    Thank you all for you input, I appreciate it and hope to get a Kukri soon, as I have been wanting one for a while. Thanks to all of you. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  7. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>tokSick wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">@ Ryan,<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuR_mNLpQow" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HERE</a> is a vid from a guy who did some tests on wood and other materials first. In his vid you can see the kukri don' t cut anymore but after sharpening it, it cut like a razor.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>im thinking that the knives are made of different steel, mine being aus 8 if i recall correctly also all i have is a bench grinder ...</span>
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  8. larrys

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    don't take a good knife to a bench grinder, it will destroy the knife. your knife is classified as a stainless, and they are known to be hard to sharpen. aus 8 is the Japanese equivalent of 440c, they are so close that its hard to tell the difference. hand sharpen only, use a diamond hone and a lubricant (water, oil, or grease, even Crisco will work) work up to about 2000 grit and it will be razor sharp. most of the large kukris are made with low alloy carbon steels (1055 through 1095, w1, w2), spring steels (5160, 52100) or some of the tool steels (D2, O1, s7,...) that are specially hardened and tempered to make them tough. the 440c/aus 8 are too brittle to survive as a large functional knife, if you try to hack down a tree with one it is likely to brake.
     
  9. bgsmith

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    i have several cold steel knives, and i really like them. they do come sharp, and i have had good luck with getting the edge back. but as jorge stated a good product at a fair price. you may try the SMITH sharpener. they have seveal sizes but its a great item. it works on most all of my blades, the only one i have a problem with is my cold steel true flight thrower, but thats because the blade is too thick to fit.
     
  10. e_monster55

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    Again, thanks for the information, including that on sharpening and maintenance. You guys are awesome <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  11. kenh

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    I own and use both the larger and smaller Cold Steel Khukri. Both are equally good but each has it's 'best use'. Good products for a very good price.<br><br>The longer one make a great machete for general bushwacking through the palmettos and swamps here in Southwest Florida. I also use it as an axe replacement for chopping down yard trees and such up to 6" in diameter.<br><br>The smaller Khukri makes a good all-around camp chore knife and garden chore knife -splitting kindling, chopping smaller wood, digging small holes.<br><br>I've not had a problem re-sharpening them. Neither should be sharpened to the "cut like a razor" stage. These aren't razors, they are weapons/tools for outdoor use. They don't need to shave paper or bread. They do need to be able to cut tough brush and wood all day, every day. Speaking as someone who has taught and used blades as weapons for over 40 years, for use as a weapon you still do not want these things 'razor' sharp.
     
  12. e_monster55

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    Thanks, I was think of one that would be best for camping, and maybe defense against medium sized mammals, like boars. I plan to use it for camping hunting, so one that fit's that description would be best.