Machetes are among the most versatile and widely used tools in the world. In some regions, the machete is used as a household tool—chopping vegetables, cutting hair, doing yard work, etc.
As you can imagine, the widespread use of the machete has resulted in tons of variations. If you take a look at our Ultimate Machete Guide, you’ll notice at least 11 common types of machetes.
One of the most popular types of machetes is the kukri machete. Hailing from Nepal and neighboring countries, the kukri features a unique design with a high curved blade that’s mainly designed for chopping. However, it has a pretty sharp and strong point that also makes it useful for piercing. This is a tool that was historically used by the Nepalese military, but it’s now most commonly used as an everyday utility tool.
Because of its versatility and interesting look, the kukri machete has quickly become one of the go-to machetes in the United States. If you’re thinking about picking up one of these bad boys, here’s a list of the five best-selling kukri machetes at Knife Depot to help get your juices flowing.
5. Condor Tool & Knife Kukri Machete
In our machete guide, I pointed out that Condor Tool & Knife is not only a company with roots that date back to 1787 but it also specializes in outdoor tools like machetes. Condor TK really displays its talents with its iteration of the kukri. The Condor Tool & Knife Kukri Machete features a 13-inch 1075 carbon steel blade with a full tang that extends into the hardwood handle.
The butt of the handle is reminiscent of a parang, which helps keep your kukri from flying out of your hand during rigorous use. It comes with a black leather sheath.
4. Cold Steel Kukri Machete
Here’s what Cold Steel has to say about the kukri: “There’s no single edged tool that we can think of that can out-chop or out-cut a good Kukri.” Their version of the kukri is also 13 inches but uses 1055 carbon steel a polypropylene for its handle.
Cold Steel is known for making some strong knives and this kukri is no different. What makes this one of our best-sellers has to be the low price. You can get a workhorse of a blade without breaking your wallet.
3. KA-BAR Kukri Machete
KA-BAR is known for making the iconic fixed blade, but it also makes a mighty fine kukri. This all-purpose tool has a smaller 11.5-inch leaf-shaped blade made from 1085 carbon steel. The typical kukri curve makes the tool even more useful.
The handle has a nice grip with a comfortable Kraton handle. A protrusion on the pommel keeps your hand from sliding off.
2. OKC Kukri Machete
The 12-inch 1095 carbon steel blade on the Ontario Knife Company Kukri Machete is no joke. With its black-powder coating and curve, the blade puts its head down and does what you need it to. Its Kraton handle is comfortable and has the guards to keep your hand from sliding off the back or onto the blade.
The USA-made kukri comes with a nylon sheath.
1. Smith & Wesson Outback Kukri Machete
Finally, we have the best-selling kukri here at Knife Depot. What makes the Smith & Wesson Outback Kukri Machete so alluring? A number of things. The 12-inch blade is made from 440C stainless steel and is extremely durable. The rubber handle feels good when you’re swinging it around. Most importantly, the tool offers a great value.