Cold Steel 35ATCJ San Mai Gurkha Kukri
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San Mai Gurkha Kukri
The Kukri blade, with its markedly downward curved blade, has long been identified with the Gurkha Warriors of Nepal,
the ferocious mercenaries who have who have wielded this blade for over 150 years in the service of the British Empire.
The Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri was inspired by Cold Steel President, Lynn C. Thompson's close association with Dr. Maung Gyi,
chief instructor of the American Bando Association, and a renowned martial artist with wide-ranging knowledge and skills.
Under Dr. Gyi's tutelage, Lynn gained insight into the full potential of the Kukri and learned it was not just a chopping
weapon but a piercing, slashing, and smashing weapon as well. Smashing techniques allow the Kukri to function as a hammer
or mallet or to deliver non-lethal blows in a self-defense role. A concentrated blow with the back of the blade can break
bones or be lethal if directed at the head. With Dr. Gyi's input, Thompson designed a longer, narrower point for the
Gurkha Kukri with more distal tapering to the spine. This resulted in a thinner, sharper point which can be deeply driven
into thick, tough targets with minimal effort. Finally a masterfully designed Kraton handle was added to maximize the
blade's fierce potential. Perfectly contoured and deeply checkered, it offers a superb non-slip grip and cushions the
hand from the shock of the hardest blow. The Gurkha Kukri's VG-1 San Mai III blade will out-chop any factory or handmade
knives; including swords twice its size, even expensive, hand forged Japanese Katanas. It's the heaviest Kukri on the
market. The blade is almost an inch wider near the tip than at the handle, shifting the knife's balance point forward to
allow a substantial blow to be struck with minimal effort, using inertia alone to complete the cut. Each Gurkha Kukri is
supplied with a Secure-Ex sheath to protect the blade and allow you to wear it safely and securely on your side always
ready to defend you and your loved ones.
Blade Steel: VG-1 San Mai
Blade Shape: Kukri
Blade Length: 12"
Length Overall: 17"
Weight: 22.0 oz.
Country of Origin: Japan
More about San Mai III steel:
San Mai means "three layers". It's the term given to the traditional laminated
blades used by the Japanese for swords and daggers. Laminated construction is important because it allows different
grades of steel to be combined in a single blade. A simple way to think of this type of construction is to imagine a
sandwich: The meat center is hard, high carbon steel and the pieces of bread on either side are the lower-carbon,
tough side panels. The edge of the blade should be hard to maximize edge holding ability, but if the entire blade
was hard it could be damaged during the rigors of battle. For ultimate toughness the body of the blade must be able
to withstand impact and lateral stresses. Toughness is generally associated with "softness" and "flexibility" in steel,
so that, surprisingly, if a blade is made "tough" the edge won't be hard enough to offer superior edge holding.
San Mai III provides a blade with hard (higher carbon) steel in the middle for a keen, long lasting edge and tougher
(lower-carbon) steel along the sides for flexibility.