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    Default Types of *practical* blades, kukris, machetes, axes, etc.

    For those of you who actually use these tools, which do you find to be most useful and in what situations? For example, if you're out on a camping trip, would you prefer to bring an axe or a machete? What style of axe/machete? What do you think are the best quality blades, and who provides the best quality?

    I'm all ready to buy a kukri for hiking/backpacking/camping trips. I'm choosing a kukri because it seems to have a wide range of uses due to its unique design. I'm a huge fan of multipurpose tools that can do everything possible, and a kukri is one of those rare multitasking types of blades. Specialized weapons/tools are unbeatable for their intended purposes, but since my purposes vary quite a bit a kukri would be a perfect choice. I'd need it for light wood chopping, cutting, and protection, and a potential ability to rip through bone and muscle (be it a carcass or a muscle tank predator). Has anyone used a kukri before who can comment on its usefulness, and where you should buy a quality one?

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    I have not used a kukri before, but I have used a kukri-pattern machete, and I can tell you that the blade geometry makes it cut like something much bigger. Cold Steel makes both the kukri-style machete and a pretty high-quality build of the real deal. The thick back, heft, and weight-forward balance of the genuine kukri ought to make it all that much more effective.



    If, on the other hand, you want something two-handed, I recommend the Estwing steel-shank Camper's Axe:


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    NOTE: Both of these would be very useful around camp, albeit in somewhat different capacities.

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    Me and BMS normally bring an axe and a machete. The thing is, I don't think we've ever gone out and not used the axe. We've never used the machete, though, so I'm going to replace it with a shovel.

    In my experience, rarely are you going to encounter something that requires a machete that you couldn't just as easily remove with your hands, or an axe.

    I've heard a lot about the usefulness of kukris but I've never actually used one.
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    I usually have just carried a well sharpened hatchet I've had since I was 8 and a hunting knife I found in the woods as a kid and sharpened up well... between the two of those most bases are well covered
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    As a gardener Falcarius recommends the following;


    Carpenters Hatchet. It can cut most things up to a few inches and it can be used as a hammer.







    Pulaski. It is pretty much an axe and a mattock hence can be used to dig and cut.

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    TBH, coldsteel's stuff looks about as high quality as a walmart machete, and the extensive research ive done on the topic seems to say the same. Plus, their REAL kukri style blades are ridiculously overpriced. I'm considering going for a budget Windlass Cutlery made genuine kukri for about $60 sharpened and shipped, or I might go with an identical/similar one off amazon for $30 shipped and have it sharpened locally for less than $10. The quality of those should be good enough for my my infrequent usage, and if I'm going to pay over $50 for a kukri, I'd rather get one of the best quality jobs I can get, which would be from Himalayan Imports, Tora Blades, or Khukuri House I suppose, all of which are pretty much over $100 with shipping.


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    I am inclined to go with the Estwing, myself. I always seem to need something to drive tent pegs with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    I am inclined to go with the Estwing, myself. I always seem to need something to drive tent pegs with.
    You can supposedly do some good hammering with a full kukri (the spine being over 1/4" thick). An axe would be better, but for backpacking and having to carry around all the equipment by foot, the smaller kukri would seem more practical. If carting it all in by car, that doesn't matter so much.
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