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The Fighting Kukri: book review

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Amko, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. Amko


    Jun 15, 2017
    After patiently waiting for over a year, this kukri manual, The Fighting Kukri/Illustrated Lessons on the Ghurkha Combat Knife, came out briefy on Amazon India...just one copy. I ordered it within seconds of seeing it. I thought you guys might like to see a good review from a fellow Amazon customer:

    "The Gurkha Battleblade!

    Dwight McLemore's "The Fighting Kukri: Illustrated Lessons on the Gurkha Combat Knife" is another fine addition to the author's series of blade fighting books. In this book Dwight covers the employment of the kukri, which is a curved Nepalese knife, similar and more akin to the machete, used as both a tool and as a weapon. He lays out in the historical portion of the book that the cutting edge is inwardly curved in shape and is the icon of Nepal. It was, and in many cases still is, the basic and traditional utility knife of the Nepalese people. Very effective when used as a weapon, it is a symbolic weapon of the Nepalese Army, and of all Gurkha regiments throughout the world, signifying the courage and valor of the bearer in the battlefield.

    The author also discusses that the blade's distinctive forward drop is intended to act as a weight on the end of the blade and make the kukri fall on the target faster and with more power. Although a popular legend states that a Gurkha never sheathes his blade without first drawing blood, the kukri is most commonly employed as a multi-use utility tool rather like a machete. The kukri is effective as both a chopping and a slashing weapon. In combat, it is basically used in two different styles: stabbing with the point, slashing or chopping with the edge. Because the blade bends towards the opponent, the user need not angle the wrist, which makes the kukri more comfortable as a stabbing weapon than other straight-bladed knives. Its heavy blade enables the user to inflict deep wounds and to cut through muscle and bone. While most famed from use in the military, the kukri is most commonly used as a multipurpose tool, and is a very common agricultural and household implement in Nepal. Its use has varied from building, clearing, chopping firewood, and digging to cutting meat and vegetables, skinning animals, and opening tins.

    Overall, like the rest of the authors work this book is similarly formatted. The book is nicely structured and is quite easy to understand. Additionally the author's illustrations are clear and easy to interpret for training."

    Five stars and two thumbs up! There is a wealth of material in this 300-page book: fundamental training concepts, training notes and exercises and engagement sets. Given that this is my first exposure to martial arts, I'm really stoked!

    I highly recommend this book to blade enthusiasts, martial artists, historical re-enactors and military personnel.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2019
  2. EricTheRedBeard

    EricTheRedBeard Basic Member Basic Member

    May 17, 2018
    I am definitely interested in getting myself a copy. Thanks for the review.
    Amko likes this.

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