How to Sharpen a kukri?

A kukri is a dual-purpose blade. It finds its usability in times of peace and war equally. It turned villagers to soldiers and enemies to mere dead bodies. Most importantly, it turned Nepal into a land of warriors.
This article is a comprehensive guide for the two most popular kukri sharpening techniques. So, grab your knife, and let’s get started.

The traditional way to Sharpen a kukri

Use of Karda and chakmak: Every kukri at its sheath contains two small knives. One is a small utility knife and another is an emergency sharpener. Karda, the small utility knife is primarily designed to perform tasks that can’t be carried out by a kukri like making a small penetration or detailed carvings. The double-blunt edge sharpener is specifically designed to give sharpness to the main blade. Here is how you can do it:

Firstly, place your kukri on the table(any platform) and lift it from the handle making a small angle to the perpendicular. The tip of the blade should just come in contact with the surface and held upright. It is better if the edge of the kukri faces away from you at a slight angle. Take your chakmak and starting from the top, drag it across the length of the blade from one side and pull it all the way up. Repeat this process with a stable cadence and try not to apply too much pressure to the blade. As the name suggests this process is quite outdated and time-consuming. But there is a kick in using old-school techniques.

Modern Way to sharpen a kukri

Lately, the practice of traditional sharpening is perceived as slow and outdated. It is only natural for people to look for faster ways to complete any task. With this need, the ‘rada sharpening wheel was manufactured. It uses a double steel wheel which is used for sharpening the blade. After about five times of pulling the machete in the wheels, you have to do a sharpness check to see if your requirements are met as to not overdo it.

Another process that is also a little bit faster than chakmak is using a file. A file is a small metal stick with a rough but uniform texture. It endows the user more speed and comfort while sharpening the blade. It is also acclaimed that using a file to sharpen your blade significantly decreases its lifespan, as higher stress is applied on the edge, which could be true. But there is nothing to worry about as long as you do it gently. In addition to this, a kukri can also be sharpened by using stone or honing steel. The applications are almost the same but you should be careful of damage to your fingers while using a stone.

Kukri knife is famous for its sharp edge and cutting power. Take away the sharpness and it’s just a deformed metal. A dull blade is useless. I hope this article helped you to get the job done. I’ll see you in the next one, and don’t forget to check out our website FGKH for exciting offers on Kukri. 

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