Kukris Are Kool


(permanent link) added: 2010-03-05 13:47:36 sponsor: Tezcat (last reply: 2010-03-09 13:29:49)

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Good for chopping.

Inspired by the MacheteAwesome YKTTW, how about a trope featuring examples of Kukris?

A Kukri is a heavy Nepalese knife used as both a tool and as a weapon. The most distinctive feature of this weapon is that the blade has a deflected angle with a thick spine and a single sharp cutting edge; this causes the end section of the blade to strike square on, greatly increasing chopping effectiveness. It is most famously known as a part of the regimental weaponry and heraldry of Gurkha fighters. Forming part of the survival equipment carried by airmen during the early 1940s conflict in Burma, the Kukri is an essential item equally effective at hacking through jungles as well as self defense.

For a relatively obscure weapon from Nepal, they feature relatively frequently in the media, easily spotted because of their distinctive (and threatening) shape.

Like Katanas, there is a persistent myth that the blade must 'taste blood' before it is sheathed. This is untrue, as a Kukri is useful for far more than just violence.


Noted on this wiki as a Swiss-Army Weapon

Needs a Better Name, Up for Grabs

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Examples:

Manga & Anime
  • Shenhua from Black Lagoon fights with a much more practical version of a Whip Sword - twin whip kukri. She's good enough to take people's heads off with them from thirty feet away.
  • The One Piece character Helmeppo fights with two Kukri.
  • Mamungi from The Breaker uses a pair of these.

Film
  • In the movie Waterworld Kevin Costner's character is briefly seen using a Kukri.
  • In the third Resident Evil movie, Alice wields two Kukri blades.

Literature
  • Jonathan Harker wielded a Kukri in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • White Court Vampire Thomas Raith in TheDresdenFiles uses a Kukri in battle.
  • The Drow Ranger Valas Hune dual wields them in War of the Spider Queen.
  • Sten: the Gurkha mercenaries who guard the Emperor carry these (obviously). In later books, Sten carries one as a memento from his time as their commander.

Live-Action TV
  • In Heroes Edgar wields two kukri blades.
  • In Angel, Wesley is killed with one of these.

Tabletop Games
  • In the Kingdom of Champions supplement for the Champions roleplaying game, one of the members of the UK's national superhero team 'The New Knights' is called Gurkha and weilds kukris.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons Kukris are exotic melee weapons, doing something like d4 damage but with the best Critical Hit range of all weapons of its size.

Video Games
  • The melee weapon of the Sniper class in Team Fortress 2
  • An exotic melee weapon in Neverwinter Nights 1, based on the rules of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Seen in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters
  • In Resident Evil 5, Sheva uses a Kukri
  • Kukris are used by Ellia and Dr. Lindsey from Eternal Darkness.
  • In Uncharted 2, the character Tenzin carries a Kukri.
  • A melee weapon in Combat Arms
  • The Wretcher's Blade in Fable 2 is a very large version of a Kukri.
  • In Mortal Kombat 4, Kai uses the "Gurkha Knife" or Kukri as his weapon of choice
  • Warrant Officer Emile-A239, one of the SPARTAN-III teammates in Halo: Reach, uses a Kukri-esque bladed weapon.
  • In Jumper: Griffin's Story griffin can use a kukri
  • In Castlevania:Symphony of the Night, there's an enemy called Gurkha, who wields what is supposed to be a very stylized giant kukri.
    • Gurkha Masters also appear in Order of Ecclesia.

Real Life
  • Famously used by the Gurkha soldiers of Nepal, who traditionally serve in the British Army. See Nepali With Nasty Knifes
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