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Prowling around Youtube last night and found this.


A steady hand to cut the bevel on the blade. I think he may have done this before. He actually looks to still have all his fingers.
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You slip cutting that metal or brass on that cut off wheel and you will remember it!. I was cutting a piece of chain with an angle grinder and just a tiny bump/a bit of a slip and I was half way though my middle finger! But for a great hand surgeon, any one to whom I made an obscene gesture with my left hand would have said, “hey stubby, keep that nub to yourself!”
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Incredible skill level. Any info on how to get one from this guy?
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Incredible skill level. Any info on how to get one from this guy?
No idea, but I’d like one myself.
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Really great. Thanks for sharing. I was sweating the entire time he was cutting the brass.
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I took a bunch of sundries to a funshow last year, and my table was right next to a gent dealing in them. IIRC, they come in like three basic tiers, a field workhorse, a 'duty' model...and a dress-uniform model. Lovely things, built for a purpose....

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This guy put one to good use Bishnu Shrestha - Wikipedia
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I take it that they don't yet have OSHA over there yet. Looks like some of the sweat shops I worked in years ago.

Here's mine that I picked up years ago when IMA imported a bunch from an old arsenal storage in India.
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I think I finally watched three other of the instructional films after the kukri one. Very interesting.
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That guy must have calluses an inch thick on his hands.. I can't hold a piece of steel to a grinder or cut-off wheel without burning myself in very short order.....
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I take it that they don't yet have OSHA over there yet. Looks like some of the sweat shops I worked in years ago.

Here's mine that I picked up years ago when IMA imported a bunch from an old arsenal storage in India.
I have a Made in India one lying around, probably not very authentic but that's okay. The steel is pretty soft IIRC.
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I’m also impressed that he could sit on the ground like that through the entire process. I’d like to have one of his knives as well.
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A steady hand to cut the bevel on the blade. I think he may have done this before. He actually looks to still have all his fingers.
Yes. The man's got skills.

And this was not his first Rodeo either.

Thank you for sharing ACORN.
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Interesting video.
He obviously has gas and electric, you’d think he would invest in a workbench and a stool. My knees don’t bend like that anymore!
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the video is 10 minutes but wonder what the actually time frame is to complete the knife.

my knees would have gave out after out seconds

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Interesting video.
He obviously has gas and electric, you’d think he would invest in a workbench and a stool. My knees don’t bend like that anymore!
Concerning the gentlemans posture... Throughout Asia this is considered a very comfortable position, even in a developed Asian countries such as South Korea. Posture-wise, this is a very healthy position for the human body, so much so that they poop like this as well using a squat toilet or squating pan, or hole in the ground (think less developed countries in Asia like Afghanistan for a simple hole in the ground). By the way, pooping in this position as opposed to sitting on a toilet is more natural for the human body and therefor healthier. Yea, I get it, I prefer my porcelain throne too fellas, but facts are facts.
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When he was grinding brass on the grind stone wheel? Absolute No No, will cause the wheel to fly apart eventually. The brass is forced into the wheel as he grinds it & acts as a wedge, This is an accident that could be fatal or cause eye damage. Yes, his knife making skills are right up there with his "Hunkering Down" skills!
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It takes me over six hours to make a kukri. This is the first one that I have made with a stag handle. It is a lot faster to modify a production kukri and add features like I did with blade serrations in the below knife.

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This is one of two Kukris I currently own. One, I've had since my dad brought it back to India (we were living in New Delhi at the time) from Nepal in 1970. The other one, I inherited after my father's death in 2014. By the way, my dad negotiated with the Nepalese government and received permission to fly his U.S. Army U-8 into Kathmandu, Nepal in 1970. He subsequently made monthly trips in and out over the next two years. When he touched down on that first trip into Kathmandu, it was the first U.S. military aircraft that had been allowed into the country since WWII ended.

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These are the real deal, made for Nepalese Government issue to their Gurkhas.

They are as sharp as can be and you have to apply force to the back of the blade when you draw it from the scabbard. If you don't, you will cut right through the inner curve of the scabbard, and could cut fingers or a thumb off, depending on how you're holding it.

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Dave —I would FAR rather be shot in combat than have some soldier hack on me with that thing!
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On that first trip, some Nepalese government officials had a demonstration put on by a few of their Gurkhas and some unfortunate goats. The Gurkhas beheaded the goats; in every case with a single blow from their Kukris.
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Dave, about thirty years ago my father-in-law gave me a knife and scabbard that looks very much like yours. Also had the small knife. He worked over seas and I have no idea where he got it. Now I have to search the moving boxes to find it.
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Khukri in action:

Armed With Only A Khukri This Gurkha Soldier Took On 40 Men And Saved A Girl From Being Gang Raped
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Gurkhas are tough fighters. I don't remember where I read it; it was probably close to 50 years ago, an account of the Gurkhas fighting in the jungles of Burma during WWII, the Gurkhas would go out at night on patrol (by themselves) and when they spotted someone in the dark environment they would sneak up behind them and run their hands over the front of the unidentified soldiers boots. If the boots had boot laces (Allied soldiers all wore boots with laces), the Gurkha would fade away with that particular soldier never being aware of the presence of a deadly threat. If on the other hand, the Gurkha felt smooth leather (the Japanese wore laceless boots), the Gurkha would quickly rise up and lop off the soldiers head with their Kukri.

The point is; Gurkhas are really tough soldiers and always have been.
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Amazing craftsmanship! Thanks for sharing. The lack of safe guards and PPE is a little scary.
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Great video, great knife. Way leading onto way, the story about Bishnu Shrestha was awesome:
"Fighting the enemy in battle is my duty as a soldier. Taking on the thugs on the train was my duty as a human being."[6]
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I read somewhere that, in Italy during WWII, the Ghurkas would slip into the German barracks and slit the throats of every other German in their sleep. Imagine waking up and seeing the guys on both sides of you dead and bloody!
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As a side note, I just read an article about "squatting". Americans don't squat. We use chairs for everything so we're always seated. Elsewhere in the world folks squat for a variety of reasons and their joint stay loose because they're properly used. So an older man like that can easily squat because he's been doing it all his life.

When I was with the Navy in Korea for a short while in 1997 I noticed lots of folks, young and old, waiting for buses in the squatting position. Use it or lose it, I reckon!
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I had the good fortune last year of being able to order a custom made 'Pensioner' model kukri from Kailash Blades in Kathmandu, Nepal. Here is a picture of Master Blacksmith Mandip Rasaili squatting over my blade as he begins to shape it from a piece of scrap spring steel:
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As you can see from the attached photos, the kukri turned out quite nice. Kailash Blades operates a website and is very easy to deal with. Standard pricing includes about a dozen photos of your actual blade while in production. Total cost, including shipping, was around $180 and worth every penny to me...
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As an aside, a number their of customers (including myself) have offered to contribute to a fund which would allow them to modernize production, improve safety and offer better ergonomics for their workers. That offer was declined. The production crew at Kailash Blades prefers to work in the 'old way', using traditional materials and methods - the only exception to that being normalisation, quenching and tempering of the steel.
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