Summer is upon us and so is camping and hunting season what better way to enjoy a beautiful summer night than under the stars next to a camp fire right , July 30th is the earliest open day for hunting in the USA starting off earliest in Florida. So while I was looking through my amazon list I came across a product I had saved the Ontario 6420 OKC Kukri Knife. OKC offers great quality knives at a completely reasonable and affordable price. I know of no other brand that I can say that about as consistently as I can about Ontario knives. If you want to know the details of why I like this knife so much read on.
About OKC Kukri Knife
A hybrid between the Nepalese Kukri design and the machete, similar to a U.S. Marine Combat knife. There are a few major differences between traditional Nepalese made blades and the American made OKC model.
The OKC Kukri comes with features such as a Kraton handle, nylon sheath and black blade coating while traditional Kukri’s are rarely coated and usually have water buffalo horn or wooden handles with a full leather sheath (usually wood wrapped with leather made from water buffalo hide).
Keep reading our review of the Ontario Knife Company Kukri below to learn all about its strengths, weaknesses and other important details that may interest you when shopping for a tough, sharp and reliable Kukri.
Situated in New York State’s scenic Southern Tier, Ontario Knife Company produces one of the most comprehensive, wide-ranging product lines in the cutlery industry today. While being a worldwide supplier, the Ontario Knife Company is also a major supplier to the U.S. Government and its military. Ontario has built its reputation on a heritage of uncompromising craftsmanship, quality materials and components, and a steadfast commitment to its workforce. Distinctive Kukri blade shape. Non-reflective black blade finish. G-10 handle with finger grooves for secure grip. Includes lanyard. Includes nylon sheath with belt loop.
What’s Great About This Kukri
- Made of 1095 Carbon Steel
- 12 inch plain edge blade
- Knife Closed Length: 4.17-Inch
- Knife Open Length: 17-Inch
- Weighs 18 ounces
The Ontario Kukri knife was designed and manufactured to be reliable and tough. This is evident by examining Ontario’s choice of construction materials and design of the three main parts of the knife; the blade, handle and sheath.
What Blade Steel Is The Ontario Kukri Made Of?
The blade is made of 1095 carbon steel, which is the same material used in the Aircrew Survival Egress knife. Moreover, the blade’s coating is quite resilient and even after months of rough use the coating would barely look streaked, let alone chipped or damaged. The blade retains its initial sharpness for a very long time and the spine receives hardly any wear or damage, even when being used for battening (using the knife as a wood splitting blade by hitting the blade spine with a blunt object).
The handle is off durable Kraton construction with contoured grooves milled out, which greatly improves traction and grip. It features a large lanyard hole and a retention wrist strap is included for added safety and utility. Front and rear guards help with safety as they reduce the chances of the knife either sliding out of your hand while in motion or prevent your hand from sliding forward onto the blade when thrusting or piercing materials.
Made of nylon and features five rivets strategically placed for enhanced durability. Nylon spacers are included to prevent the rivets from coming into contact with the blade. Should you require one, a small D-ring is provided to act as a leg tie. The snap is of military grade strength and retains the blade quite well. In terms of usability, the sheath is ok. But doesn’t match that of an high end Kukri, often customers complain for the belt strap tearing off with a few weeks which is rather disappointing given the knife itself is very good at what it’s suppose to do
Overall the OKC Kukri is well balanced and and feels very natural to handle , has ample grip space and good grip for chopping and cutting with no early onset of fatigue by using it for a long period of time.
- Great value for money : It’s the best I found for $50.
- It is extremely durable : Black blade coating doesn’t wear off easily.
- Great handle texture and ergonomics: For superior comfort during heaving chopping.
- Full flat grind blade: Can be honed to an extremely sharp edge, making it a great slicer as well.
- Black powder coating: To prevent rusting of the carbon steel (non-stainless).
- Excellent balance and weight: Forward design makes for a comfortable and efficient chopping performance.
- The sheath: Specifically the belt strap, which may have a tendency to fail under rough use.
Conclusion: A Great Survival Kukri
Its affordable and durable for heavy duty use , while the sheath belt is an issue you can always replace it with a custom leather or Kydex solution would be a wise upgrade. The Ontario Knife Company’s reputation is built on a heritage of quality components, tough materials, utilitarian design and uncompromising craftsmanship. The blade was also designed with the user in mind, both in terms of price and usability with the Kraton handle designed with finger grooves, weight forward powder coated blade and a lanyard for a secure grip. The OKC Kukri is a very well made and effective all-purpose knife that can be used to clear brush, battoning, self defense and a host of other activities.