I've got this Himalayan Imports kukri and i've only used it a handful of times, but the edge has spots where it's literally bent to the side, the tip of the blade too is bent over almost 90°. How can I go about fixing this? And how canI stop it from happening again?
>How can I go about fixing this?
Removing a piss-ton of material with a sharpening stone
>And how can I stop it from happening again?
Not hitting anything harder than the blade.
If your heat treat sucks, you might have trouble with that.
The thing is I never hit any rocks with it. I treated it pretty nice considering these things are supposed to be able to through hell and back. Mostly just bushwacked shit and cut smaller branches off trees
I'm honestly not bullshitting here, if I hit it with rocks I wouldn't come here and ask "guys how did this?" Because it would have obviously been fucking rocks. I'm pissed because these himalayan imports kukris are expensive as fuck and I've taken it outside maybe 6 times since I got it
Sometimes trees have grit in the bark and wood from shit getting blown in the wind.
Still, it looks like you hit some gravel with it while splitting wood you had been resting on the ground instead of on a splitting block like you should.
I've had a kukri for 15 years and used it regularly. It's an ex gurkha one but I can't imagine the steel is that different. It has one ding from when my retarded cousin borrowed it and hit a rock.
You've been trying to chop rocks or your downy relatives have
you are chopping with a stiff arc similar to an axe. knives and machetes don't function at their best like that. Its hard to explain but you chop at an angle that maximizes sharp surface to work
>Steel is harder than wood. Wood will not ding it. It's basic materials.
anon, that's stupid. you can bend steel with wood. It generally won't happen with properly hardened steel though.
steel gets very weak when drawn to an edge.
thats pretty much my guess as to what caused it. If you want to kinda learn yourself how to swing properly try splitting some short planks of treated wood like pallets minus nails/staples. Youll start to notice that specific angles on the edge makes work easier
>steel gets very weak when drawn to an edge.
depends entirely on manufacturing method. The material properties will not change with dimensions.Only if you've been a twat making the thing.
anon is speaking in science and engineering terms, you're speaking in practical things. The material itself will have exactly the same strength irrespective of it's dimensions, the object would be weaker if it is thinner which is.
no anon is speaking in terms which are simple for anyone with an education can understand. This is 14 year old shit, if anyone thought this would make them sound smart I would be genuinely embarrassed
dropping a weight from a set height onto a metal bb would do it. Then just use a couple of known materials with a rockwell hardness you can find online and compare it. You won't get anything accurate but you'll quickly tell if your steel is softer than aluminium or iron which'd be more than enough to tell the blade is fake
Also as it claims to be 5160 steel it 100% should not do this. That is a very good blade steel
Kukri's are edge quenched traditionally that likely hasn't been done. I'm guessing they soft anneal the metal to machine it more easily and for whatever reason you've been given a non quenched and hence soft blade. Even with a soft steel wood isn't scratching it like that though so I'm stumped
Imported garbage. Should have gone for an Ultratech instead. Ok, you might not get as much heavy chopping done with it but nothing can match the high quality and practical user friendly interface of an Ultratech.
I can think of many reasons why, mostly because it does matter. You said a completely wrong statement on so many levels. Steel doesn't get weaker when drawn into a blade. It's unhelpful to OP because you're implying it's a design fault with knives rather than shitty manufacturing or steel choice. I hope you're either very young or very happy working in costco because I'd be amazed if you left school with such little physics knowledge, especially in one of the fields which is so incredibly important to weapons
you're an idiot
you're a twat
you're a faggot
OP I'd contact the company your brought it from and complain, ask for a replacement as you believe the steel to be defective.
>You said a completely wrong statement on so many levels.
I didn't say any statements, actually. That was some other faggot. Making metal thinner makes it easier to bend, is what I'd guess he was trying to say.
But Anons, the Ultratech, is the safest, most cost effective option for those that want a very high quality, modern knife for general tool use.