Pros: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Finish, Handle Material, Blade Material, None
Cons: Finish, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard
Aweome value and quality!!!
Historically, the Nepalese people used the Kukri knife both as an all purpose utility knife, to chop down small trees, de-limb branches, and cut wood like one would with a small axe, hack as one would with a machete, and dig like one would with a small spade, and the kukri was used as a weapon both in the defensive and offensive roles with the Gurkhas. Most true Kukri blades were heavy, 5 - 10 mm thick, and between 12 - 17" long, made of spring steel. My blade was 4mm thick (almost 1/4"), which is pretty good, and 10 3/4" long. It has significant enough mass, however I would have prefered more for campsite wood processing tasks. Ontario's other Kukri "Machete" model is only 2mm thick. Stay away from that one. The blade material is 1095 spring steel. This to me is Perfect, as the metal will flex under stress and not break, because it isn't brittle as some other knives made with chromium to be stainless. This means that you will have to keep your kukri oiled, and take care of your knife! This is fine with me, as I don't have a problem maitaining my equipment. The handle is extremely comfortable, and absorbs the shock very well when using a wooden baton to split wood. It has a lanyard for safety which is a plus. Two things about the finish. I like it and it is very durable. However, one CANNOT create a spark from a ferro rod to start a fire with, while the finish is still on the spine. I modified mine to do that. A quick glance at the sheath, makes one do a double take, to re-examine it for durability and longevity. While the sheath is constructed of very thin materials (most likely to cut down on overall weight), it is durable, as the rivets and the nylon material will be strong enough. I would prefer it to be a more robust kydex design, with an extra snap to keep the knife secure, but for a knife of this high quality, and cababilities that it can give to you-- all for around $65.00 or so (especially when other brands are selling their kukris for between $300 - $700 depending on the model)-- you can't beat this knife, value, or deal!