Posted by Kevin on 20th Dec 2011
the only gripe I have with this knife is the sheath. I think if they did a leather and nylon combo sheath like they did on the spec plus bowie this would be the best kukri on the market. Plus its made right here in the USA.
Posted by Zog the Caveman on 12th Oct 2011
First, let us get the measurements out of the way. When I was purchasing this knife, nowhere could I find the weight, so I suppose this could be the first review to list such. With sheath it weighs 1.575 lbs, the knife itself comes in at 1.330.
As measured from the base of the blade, near the front guard, to the tip, the blade length is 11 5/8 inches. The blade is full flat ground and 1/4 inch thick to with 3 inches of the very strong tip (I did the Cold Steel style car hood piercing test with this blade, there was NO deformation of the tip afterwards).
Ontario gave the 1095 steel in this knife an outstanding edge and heat treatment. For me, the factory edge can hair shaving sharp and after over 18 hours of wood processing (both chopping and batoning) the blade still held a decent edge. By decent, I don't mean it could still shave hair, but the blade was still capable of passing the paper test with no difficulty.
The Kraton handle is well executed, provides more than adequate real estate (I wear large size gloves), and is comfortable even in periods of extended use (the handles on all HI kukris I have worked with will make the pinkie finger sore after roughly an hour of heavy chopping).
Moving to the sheath. I've noticed that most reviewers lambaste it as being "low quality" or "flimsy". I don't believe this is the case at all. The nylon sheath has five well paced rivets that give it great durability and a nylon spacer exists to prevent the blade from contacting said rivets. A small D ring makes for a good leg tie, should you want one. The snap is military grade and retains the blade quite nicely. In terms of overall durability, the Cold Steel Ghurkha Kukri is the only blade on market I have seen which has a sheath that surpasses this one. However, the design of the Ontario sheath allows for far quicker draw times. I think when most reviewers look at the sheath, they fail to consider other kukris on market (HI sheaths don't beat Ontario by a long shot).
Overall, the Ontario Kukri is an excellent chopper and very capable in the role of batoning. This, along with the defensive capabilities of all kukris, makes it an ideal choice for a survival/wilderness blade.
Posted by Dan in AK on 30th Aug 2011
I really like the high quality steel, nice grip, and weight in this knife, it takes and holds an edge well. I had to cut some tire side walls for a project and it worked well. I haven't used it as much as expected for trails yet so my review isn't real thorough. You can get a very sharp edge thats good for cutting small brush and grass - might be ideal for much of the trail work I anticipate. But when it comes to chopping heavier wood the slim edge causes the blade to stick - its too thin to get a convex edge on it which would help blast chips out of the cut. I wish Ontario would have carried the thickness closer to the edge for that reason - but it would make the blade much heavier. Maybe start thinner at the backbone then carry more thickness to about .5 to .75 from the edge. I like the blade contour. The sheath is pretty good and LOTS better than the junk provided on some competing machetes -this one is made to use.
Posted by TwinStick on 31st Mar 2011
I had my reservations, due to all the talk of the HI kukris. Not anymore. Made in America, reasonable price & an OUTSTANDING PERFORMER ! This thing chops like small axe, yet is also able to be used as a machete-ish tool. Your arm/wrist WILL know you have been swinging a 1/4" hunk of steel around. Mine is incredibly sharp after a few minutes on my Gatco system. I modified my sheath with a dangler ring & have worn it ALL day,working,getting into/out of vehicle & walking with no issues. For the money, you simply can't beat this one, if your looking to get into a Kukri.