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Desert Military Elite Kukri (Defender)

Desert Military Elite Kukri (Defender)

Combining Iraqi and Afghani Kukri, The DEFENDER  is born; targeted for military function in the Middle East's operations..

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  • Blade Length (in): 15
  • Handle Length (in): 6
  • Blade Steel: 5160
  • Handle Material: White Wood
  • Sheath: Cream/off-white Leather
  • Actual Weight (gm): 925
  • Overall weight (gm): 1250
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1700
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade thickness (mm): 9
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
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USD 110.50 130.00

Why this Desert Military Elite Kukri named 'Defender'?

Elite khukuri for the elite soldiers fighting in the desert battling very harsh conditions. The khukuri has very good reach perfectly made for combat situation. Bit on the heavy side but has good feel and has the weight and swing to finish the job in a blow or two. This kukri is the merging of the two main features of two famous Dessert Operation kukris; Iraqi Khukuri (OIF) and Afghan Khukri (OEF) but in longer format to make it more lethal. With the combination of the longer blade of OIFK and the effective handle of OEFK, the DEFENDER is born. It is targeted for military function in the Middle East's operations. 


Features of the popular 'Defender' Kukri knife?


  • The blade's design is similar to the famous and effective WW version in a longer size
  • 15 inch long with semi-polish
  • Has two fullers/chirras to reduce overall weight and thus good feel, and also works as shock absorbers as in the I-Beam concept. It gives support to the flat surface by absorbing the direct impact felt by the blade
  • The classic notch is discarded to give a modern look
  • One of the hardest blade to craft


  • 'Panawal' or Full Flat Tang (FFT) version with rivets for strength and durability
  • The shape of the handle is designed ergonomically with curves and contours to give better and stronger grip
  • In-built guard at top to protect hand from slipping into the blade and to prevent unwanted accident/injury
  • Extended tang at the back with lanyard hole comes as an added benefit


  • Scabbard made from cream-colored (Off white) leather to match the handle and also the combat uniform of the beholder
  • Frog with two belt loops for the belt to go thru; easy carriage
  • Has two traditional knives; Karda (small knife) and Chakmak (Sharpener) as back up, just in case


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Heavy but good (and fun!) for splitting wood

| 21st December, 2020 | Clive Henderson Windsor, U.K

I purchased this in 2009 and have used it many times. It weighs 1300g - without the sheath! The steel blade has appropriate heat treatment and will hold an edge. It's not super-hard steel but it is shock resistant so it will not chip easily. It does need regular re-sharpening but that's a quick job with a ceramic rod or stone. The blade is, in my opinion, a thing of beauty, and it works fairly well as a wood processor. The handle is securely attached to the tang with the metal rivets. The main feature / drawback about this model is the weight: because it is heavy it is really more of an alternative to an axe for wood splitting. It is too heavy to be a soldier's weapon, or to be useful for hacking through a forest. But, it is perfect for splitting logs. For the latter it is perhaps better than an axe because there is far more length so less chance of missing the piece you are cutting. The model I have is 11 years old and specs (incl weight) will likely have changed since it was made.

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