Kukri vs. Machete



A curved Nepalese knife used especially by Gurkha fighters.


A sword-like tool used for cutting large plants with a chopping motion, or as a weapon. The blade is usually 50 to 65 centimeters long, and up to three millimeters thick.


The kukri (English: ) or khukuri (Nepali: खुकुरी, pronounced [kʰukuri]) is a type of machete originating from the Indian subcontinent, and is traditionally associated with the Nepali-speaking Gurkhas of Nepal and India. The knife has a distinct recurve in its blade.


To cut or chop with a machete.

‘After some hours of intense work, we had macheted a path through the jungle to the bank of the river.’;


To hack or chop crudely with a blade other than a machete.

‘You can't just machete about with a rapier and expect to succeed; you need to thrust properly.’;


A large heavy knife resembling a broadsword, often two or three feet in length, - used by the inhabitants of Spanish America as a hatchet to cut their way through thickets, and for various other purposes.


a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation


A machete (; Spanish pronunciation: [maˈtʃete]) is a broad blade used either as an agricultural implement similar to an axe, or in combat like a long-bladed knife. The blade is typically 30 to 45 centimetres (12 to 18 in) long and usually under 3 millimetres (0.12 in) thick.

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