The yearning for outdoor adventuring is growing ever more popular. This comes unsurprisingly at all considering that people who are grinding away in the metropolitan parts of the globe spend their entire day in front of their desks and then spend the entire evening in front of their personal computer. Sooner or later, they’re bound to feel the need to break away from the familiarity of their urban lifestyle.
Needless to say that before embarking on any outdoor adventure, be it for one weekend of camping or half a year trekking the Appalachian Trail, it’s important to familiarize oneself with the essential tools needed to survive. One of the most, if not the most essential tool in the wilderness is a blade. With it, other tools can be fashioned and shelter can be erected. And yes, food can be gutted. Interestingly, the knife that outdoor enthusiasts tend to prefer is the kukri. Here are some compelling reasons as to why they love it over other options like the machete.
- Easy to hack away at thick undergrowth and vines.
While this can be said the same for a machete, for a kukri, it’s a lot easier to do because of the distinct curve of the blade. The weight of the blade for every swing is emphasized due to its shape. It can chop branches and thick vines easily because the force of each strike is focused on a smaller length of the blade.
- Pointed enough to be used for tasks that require precision.
Ideally, it would be best to carry a separate, smaller knife for things like poking small holes into wood or gutting fish. However, due to the kukri’s shape and more pointy taper, it can be used for such tasks, albeit slightly more awkward than if a small knife was used, which is why it’s highly recommended to bring two kukris, a large one and a small, pocket-sized one.
- Can be used as a quasi-hatchet.
A lot of knife enthusiasts praise the kukri for its versatility. It’s a great knife because it can do what a machete can do and also be able to serve as a hatchet when wood needs splitting. The leading top blade has a similar weight distribution to a hatchet, which is why it can easily split wood to be used for firewood when night comes along. Again, this can be done by using a proper hatchet – yet a versatile knife that can do it all is the more reasonable and portable choice.
- Easy to find good quality kukris.
As mentioned earlier, a lot of knife enthusiasts and outdoorsmen prefer the kukri more than any other knives, at least for outdoor use. One big problem with buying knives is that there are smithies who don’t have the passion in creating their blades. Fortunately with kukris, it’s easy to find one with excellent material and build quality simply because there are a lot of renowned blacksmiths who tend to the blade with impeccable attention. It’s also worth noting that some of the best kukris around are those that are handmade.01