TOPS Bushcrafter Kukuri
The TOPS Bushcrafter Kukuri (not Kukri in this case) is a great knife that does pretty much everything. It is inspired by the classic Nepalese Kukri knife that, believe me, works a treat as an outdoor tool. It also comes with a superb sheath that has the capability to carry a very comprhensive survival kit for your needs.
This knife is the product of more than 30 years of experience in the outdoors. Wilderness Bushcraft & Survival has been not just a hobby, but also a way of life. The design is of the Nepalese Khukuri style, which is well known to all who view the shape of the blade.
My travels have taken me to some of the furthest reaches of the world, some so remote that there would be little chance of seeing another human being, and sometimes, alone. It is these conditions this knife was designed for. The first words that came to mind when I designed this Khukuri were strength, reliability, resilience, and adaptability.
This is not just another Khukuri design. You will notice that there is a deeper sweeping belly to this blade than a normal Khukuri. This allows you to use a shorter blade and still have tremendous chopping power. The belly also helps facilitate it’s use to skin animals, whether choking up on the blade with your hand up on the spine, or using a push or draw motion to cape.
The curved nature of this Khukuri design is a natural for slicing, using the blade as a draw knife in push, or pull direction, creating feather sticks with the inner curve of the blade, processing firewood - whether by chopping, or batoning, smashing nuts with the pommel, scraping bark with the back of the knife, etc.
The handle has been designed to be used under harsh conditions, and not injure the hands from repeated use over extended periods of time. There is a bow drill divot on each side of the handle to facilitate this action should you need to make fire by friction in this manner, and a lanyard hole at the end of the pommel. Function, and ergonomics were the key elements here.
"The Khukuri has a long history of being a tool, weapon, and a status symbol."
The Bushcrafter Kukuri is first and foremost a tool, designed to embrace all those characteristics, which make up a knife that is useful for both Bushcraft, and Survival. It has enough size and strength to accomplish any mission in a Survival situation, yet is light enough, short enough, and nimble enough to use for Bushcrafting chores.
As a weapon, the soldier can count on the Bushcrafter Kukuri to perform flawlessly. The Nepalese Khukuri is well known for its ability to kill or sever with a single blow. The Bushcrafter Kukuri is no different. The awesome strength, cutting and stabbing power of the Khukuri is legendary.
In Nepal when a boy becomes a man, he is presented with a Khukuri, representing his new status in life. It is a symbol of honor, dedication, and strength, among others. The Bushcrafter Kukuri carries on this tradition, and it is an honor, and a privilege to share this knife with all those who value the Khukuri design, and wish to share in its rich legacy.
- O/A Length: 14”
- Blade Length: 7 ¾”
- Thickness: 1/4"
- Steel: 1095 High Carbon Steel
- Handle: Black Linen Micarta
- Blade Finish: Black Traction Coating
- Sheath: MIL-SPEC Olive Drab Ballistic Nylon (Molle compatible)
- Weight: 1lb 6.2 oz
- Designed by: Nicholas Fury, L.V.I. Bushcraft & Survival
Best largeish fixed blade I’ve ever used!
I’ve had this knife for 3 years now and I have yet to find a task this knife won’t do. From making kindling to butchering it excels in everything I do with it. In my opinion it is worth every penny and more. I’m not a fan of large blades, but this knife is one of those tools that I know will never let me down. It is a bit intimidating to those who do not use knives on a daily basis, but it is a fantastic and lovely tool to use all day long. I really cannot overstate how much love I have for this knife. I have used and abused it for years and it’s never failed to look after me!