This study is more of
a demonstration for the last part of this analysis. I drew lines on the khukuris
centering on the handles and blades. I tried to keep it simple, using a
maximum of 4 lines. Even where the knife is curved, it can be expressed by
2 lines (2 for the handle, 2 for the blade). This will make sense later.
But, once you read the last part of the analysis (section V), you will surely
want to flip back and forth to these drawings and that's why I included them.
V. Here's the meat of the
analysis. A comparative look at final bend and effective striking angles.
Each Khukuri in the analysis is accompanied by 2 numbers: Name, Final
Bend, Effective Striking Angle
* Final Bend = the last bend of the knife
* Effective striking angle = a line drawn from the end of the knife
to the end of the handle.
**Note: the purple lines from the drawings
in the section IV (above) were aligned together in this study so that the
first line in the handle is perpendicular to a specific datum - in this
case, the green line. The reason for this is so that a true bend angle can
be compared (this makes a big difference when comparing the M43 which has
a curved handle and an AK which has a straight handle) and in this way account
for handle differences as well.
Imagine holding a khukuri with the handle exactly perpendicular to your
body. Now imagine if you could hold 5 at the same time and judge each
one to see how much they individually "bend". That's the intent of this
Let this be a guide for those who wonder what it would feel like to have
an AK instead of a Sirupati, or a Gelbu Special instead of a Kobra.
While careful consideration was made for each khukuri individually, this
analysis does not account completely for weight distribution along the blade,
nor does it include variations by the individual kamis. Rather, it
is a starting point for you to do your own analysis. For example:
An 18" Sirupati and an 18" GRS share nearly the same angles. However,
the blades are strikingly different in size and shape. One is a short
sword, the other, a medium-duty chopper.
Also, consider the lines for the 18" UBE and 18" YCS. They are also
nearly similar, and in fact have similar features. Go and check the
diagrams above to see where the "purple line" was drawn against the profile
of the knife. Comparing the 2 together, it's easy to distinguish the deep-belly
YCS from the clip-point UBE. This becomes more apparent when you study
the "Red-n-Blue" diagrams above.
Points of Interest:
1. Notice how many of the khukuris have the same Effective Strike
Angle, despite having different Final Bend Angles - (in all but the 18"
2. A few that stand out as having extreme angles: 21" Berk
Special (Dui Chirra), 18" Chitlangi, 18" WWII, 18" Salyan and 18" M43.
3. Note the shallow initial angle of the 20" AK and 22" GRS.
Despite having aggressive Final Bend Angles, the khukuris is more "relaxed"
overall - which may account for why both of these khukuris feel fairly comfortable,