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KA-BAR Kukri Machete Review

For those that don’t know KA-BAR was established pre-1900’s. Over a century of knife making experience definitely shows in the blades they sell. In this KA-BAR kukri machete review we will break down everything there is to know about this very special machete.

KA-BAR Kukri Machete Features:

KA-BAR Kukri Machete Review

KA-BAR Kukri Machete

  • 11 1/2″ Blade
  • Kukri Design
  • 20 Degree Edge
  • 1085 Carbon Steel
  • Ergonomic Handle
  • Epoxy Powder Coated
  • Hollow Grind
  • Good Size to Weight Ratio

KA-BAR Kukri Review – This Machetes A Real Winner!

Simply put this KA-BAR machete is a durable workhorse and struck me as a very high quality tool.

I’ve run several field tests on it and it holds up very well. I cut through several 5-7″ thick red cedar logs quite quickly when collecting firewood. I also used this machete for a good 5-6 hours when clearing a large section of brush from my uncles backyard.

The ergonomic zytel nylon resin handle kept my hand comfortable the entire time which was quite surprising, my experiences with most wood and plastic handles were not as forgiving.

Although I really find the KA-BAR kukri to be an amazing value I do have a few things I think could have been improved. For one the powder coated finish is kind of low quality which is not really acceptable for a $50+ machete. Other than that I only wish the blade stretched out just a few inches longer as this would improve the chopping abilities of an already powerful blade.

KA-BAR Kukri Specifications
Manufacturer: KA-BAR
Category: Machete
Blade Length: 11 1/2"
Total Length: 16 1/2"
Blade Composition: 1085 Carbon Steel
Weight: 1.12 lbs
Handle Material: Zytel Resin
Thickness: 5/32"
Grind Type: Hollow
Price: Find Lowest Price

I was originally concerned by the blade being manufactured in Taiwan as I know many others are however the amount of abuse and field testing I have put on this machete put an end to my doubts. It’s 1085 carbon steel with a hollow grind and it packs a lot of chopping power.

I’ve been a huge fan of KA-BAR blades ever since I first started collected knives, I have many in my personal collection. The Kukri was my first machete from KA-BAR and is really something special, it ranks as one of my top 5 favorite survival machetes of all time! I’d recommend it to everyone who’s unsure about how to choose the perfect machete.

9.2 Total Score

KA-BAR Kukri Review Score

This kukri is a shining example of what makes a great survival machete. It has versatility, chopping power, it holds an edge, it's durable and gets a high score for comfort as well.

9.2Editor's score
Blade Quality
8.5
Functionality
9.5
Ergonomics
9.5
Chopping Power
9
Durability
8.5
Value
10
9.4User's score
Blade Quality
9
Functionality
10
Ergonomics
10
Chopping Power
9
Durability
8.5
Value
10
PROS
  • Blade Is Very Sharp
  • Sheath Is Above Average Quality
  • Zytel Handle Material
  • Ergonomic Grip
  • High Quality Blade Material
  • Light-Weight
  • Powerful Chopper
  • Well-Rounded Tool
CONS
  • Low Quality Finish
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The Kukri was the only machete I have ever purchased from KA-BAR and it will not be the last. At the time of this review KA-BAR sells two black series machetes; the kukri and the cutlass. In the future I’ll purchase the cutlass model and share a review on that as well.

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Overall I give the KA-BAR Kukri two thumbs up – it’s a great tool!

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  1. Reply
    Martin August 5, 2016 at 10:27 am
    4.75
    Blade Quality
    90
    Functionality
    100
    Ergonomics
    100
    Chopping Power
    90
    Durability
    90
    Value
    100

    I’ve owned the KA-BAR Kukri since it was first released. I absolutely LOVE this tool. I use it every chance I get and out of my 8 machetes I own, this one’s my favorite.

    + PROS: Good at clearing brush Very good for chopping up branches and small trees Feels good in the hand
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      SurvivalGrounds August 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks for leaving your review Martin. Our staff love the KA-BAR Kukri as well!

  2. Reply
    John F. August 7, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I’m deciding between 2 other machetes and this one. I think this Kukri might be exactly what I need but I kind of like the design of the other ones a bit more.

    Any advice?

    • Reply
      SurvivalGrounds August 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Always go with functionality over aesthetics. Are all 3 Kukri style? I’d read reviews on each of them individually, that’s the best way to decide which machete is best suited for your needs.

  3. Reply
    Docker December 20, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    4.65
    Blade Quality
    90
    Functionality
    100
    Ergonomics
    100
    Chopping Power
    90
    Durability
    80
    Value
    100

    This kukri is a beast! It can handle all kinds of tough work and the super comfortable handle keeps stress off your hands. It’s my go to chopping tool for clearing out small saplings or clearing unwanted brush out from my backyard. I live out in the woods and this machete is a very handy everyday tool.

    + PROS: All around pleasure to use Very good value for the money
    - CONS: Powder coating comes off after extended use
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