97KMIGS: Royal Kukri Machete
Cold Steel President Lynn C Thompson has been exploring the potential of the Kukri for over two decades. It's hard to find a more versatile knife. A stalwart ally in a tight spot and an indispensable survival tool, a good Kukri is truly apocalypse proof!
When he chose to design a new Kukri Lynn looked to his many hours fighting in Cold Steel's training facility for inspiration. Where other companies look to hired help for their "knowledge", standing on the shoulders of giants, Lynn and his team invested their own blood, sweat and tears, endlessly sparring with different prototypes looking for ways to improve upon this already near perfect design.
Lynn recognized that many of the qualities that make a great fighting knife also make a great bushcraft tool. A sharp blade, strong tip, good hand protection and a versatile handle are all key. Stripping the Kukri back to its bare basics he then began re-designing the knife from the ground up. The re-imagined blade was presented at an entirely new angle, keeping the cutting power that made the Kukri the stuff of legend, but increasing its thrusting and piercing power. The handle with its integral guard kept the user's precious digits safe from harm while changing the balance and heft of the knife considerably.
The newly christened Royal Kukri was then extensively field-tested. Proving to be an outstanding multi-functional bush knife. Capable of the toughest bushcraft chores, from chopping firewood to dispatching wounded game, it also provided the comfort of a last resort self defense option.
With a rust resistant baked on matte black coating, the fully sharpened 1055 Carbon Steel blade is safely and securely held in a sturdy Cor-Ex sheath.
- Overall Length: 19.25 in.
- Blade Length: 14.00 in.
- Blade Thickness: 0.11 in.
- Blade Material: 1055 Carbon Steel
- Blade Style: Kukri
- Blade Grind: Flat Ground
- Blade Finish: Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
- Edge Type: PlainEdge
- Handle Length: 5.25 in.
- Handle Thickness: 1.02 in.
- Handle Material: Polypropylene
- Handle Color: Black
- Weight: 1 lb. 5.20 oz.
- Carry Method: Cor-Ex Sheath
- Knife Type: Fixed Blade
- Brand: Cold Steel
- Model: Royal Kukri
- Model Number: 97KMIGS
- Made in South Africa
It is a simple tool that works well. The construction is solid and it holds an edge well. Well worth the money.
Picked one of these up about two months ago, It does the Job as a machete exceptionally well. Slices small tree limbs (1 to 2 inch thick) with absolute ease, and can cut even thicker if your edge alignment is good. Chops great and is a very powerful blade for the cost. Would recommend if you want an effective machete, and you happen to like the benefits of the kukri design but have a tight budget. Being weight forward makes it stand strong against anything you would throw at traditional machetes. The 1055 high carbon steel is strong but slightly flexible, its nothing like the piece of shit machetes you can bend by hand easily from Walmart, that are made from a mystery steel with no heat treat! Came sharp out the packaging, I done quite a bit of medium to heavy clearing and chopping with it and it held its edge great. Though I personally preferred to give it a quick touch up with a diamond stone to get the edge that can slice thin paper and shave your arm easily without reprofiling the edge from its original angle, considering the original angle is much more suited for hard use without chipping or rolling any. Although one would not need to sharpen if you just need it to do heavy machete work out the box or to have in a camping pack or bug out bag. It's pretty great but definitely not the best. Damn good for the price, considering you can't expect a ghurka kukri for 30 bucks. I can tell it will last me years of hard work! This machetes performance has inspired me to hand forge similar versions of kukris, and kukri machetes to try and equal or maybe one day with much practice, top its performance for similar or cheaper price, not counting my time! Although ColdSteel is mass produced, I thoroughly enjoy using this blade and others from them, and testing what they can do. Id personally rate a 8.1 out of 10 for a machete.%uFEFF
I have one i love it sleeps right next to me.