Kukri Maintenance and Repair Practices: An Ultimate Guide
Kukri is regarded as the traditional knife in Nepal which is a basic and simple knife tool that is used for cutting purposes by different farmers and people in Nepal. It requires almost no skills to use or handle. It is used by many farmers in the villages of Nepal. It has traditional values in Nepal. It is used by armies in Nepal as well as by the British armies. It also has a historical value. It was used by Gurkha Armies in World War II. There are different types of kukri found in Nepal. Some of them are found classical where some have modern looks. Although it is easy to use, you should be careful when you use it because they are sharp and can hurt you accidentally. These kukris should be maintained and repaired time and again as they are used. Kukris should be handled and maintained in the following ways:
- Apply machine or motor oil on the blade once a month and also if possible every time after use and do not leave fingerprints on the blade.
- When there is rust, first clean the blade with petrol or gasoline and then rub the rust off with the sandpaper, wipe it with the clean cloth and apply oil.
- Before displaying, you can scrub the carved blade by the hand brush which is soaked in petrol, and then wipe it with a clean cloth.
- You can use shoe polish for the leather sheath, wax for wood, brass polish for the brass fittings, and silver polish for the silver once after use to make your kukri look better.
- For the sharpening purpose, you can use sharpening stones for faster and better results.
- After the use of kukri, it may get dirty. You should be sure to clean the dirt that is picked up by the blade’s surface with the dry cloth and keep it away from the water and moist to avoid rusting.
- When the kukri is not in use for a long period, you can apply oil to the blade and wrap it in a plastic or polythene bag and keep it out of the scabbard. You can also do the same for the small knives.
- You should always store the kukri in a dry and normal place.
- Care should be taken and you should not expose the scabbard into the sun for a long time as the heating may cause the kukri to shrink and make the blade difficult to draw-in draw-out.
- You should avoid the kukri use on the metallic surface.
- You should keep the kukri away from the water, moist, and the fingerprints.
- You should throw the kukri while using it.
- Kukri should be used for hammering purposes.