Hungarian Knife Maker Kornel Kiss Crafts EDC Kukri Fixed Blade

Hungary’s Kornel Kiss, self-described “welterweight semi-professional knife designer,” has a fixed blade twofer on the way from the ever-prolific Boker. The Boker Plus Makri and Mikri repurpose the kukri blade shape into a compact, generalized EDC concept.

Let’s begin with the Makri, which is the smaller of the two with a blade length of 2.8 inches. The shape is pronouncedly kukrioid; anybody who knows their knife history will recognize the dogleg bend in the spine and the bulbous forward recurve. Typically associated with outdoors bushwork, a kukri is an unconventional choice for a knife described as an everyday carry, but it makes sense after further thought. With its different edge geometries it should check the box for anyone who wants to expand their EDC’s capabilities beyond the standard stuff – and, on top of that, the Makri can still comfortably flex into some outdoors roles, too.

The Mikri comes with an uncoated blade, but there are other differences too

The Makri’s blade is made from D2 – have you heard of it before? The semi-stainless may not turn heads by its presence anymore, but it is an obvious, very solid choice for a knife like the Makri; in particular, its toughness dovetails nicely with a fixed blade EDC’s inherent capacity for hard work. There’s a blackwash coating on the blade, which looks cool and will help protect that semistainless steel from rust. Beneath the blade, the handle is a generalist’s neutral shape, with some added pizzaz provided by the huge lanyard hole cut through the G-10 scales and full tang underneath.

In broad strokes the Mikri is very similar to the Makri. The biggest difference between the two is the blade length, with the Mikri being larger at 3.11 inches. But this isn’t a straight one-to-one enlargement. The Mikri’s blade grind different, for instance, with a swedge present, and there’s some largeish jimping on the spine. Its handle shape is nearly identical, but larger, and the G-10 scales here have a topographical texture, rather than the flat style on the Makri.

Both of these kukri-style knives are available now.

Knife in Featured Image: Boker Plus Makri

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