All the 10xx series of steels are excellent for knives and have simple heat treating needs and in reality any of them would be just as good as the others for each of the uses I designate them for and in fact many of the other knifemkaers do just that. For my preferences I cut the blades from sheets of .125 in 1084 for most of the slicing or cutting knives . For the heavier hunters that may endure a bit of stress but still in a cutting rather than chopping or hacking usage, I prefer 1075 in the thicker .170. These are both deep hardening steels while the shallow hardening .150 thick 1095 I keep for the specialty knives.I am wondering how you pair the steel to the use? What determines whether you use the 1075 or the 1084, steel for your knife designs?
I am going to do a 30 degree cross draw for this one and because I want to take it with me at the end of the week dont have time to work through the pattern development but I do want to look at adding a field scalpel to the sheath and possibly a fire steel or honing steel but that will take a bit of working through to get just right. It will carry just in front of the left hip so a safari behind the right hip may work but is three knives really necesary when the Khukuri and the field scalpel would cover a multitude of chores.The EDC Khukuri combined with a Safari and a Scalpel would make a great trio
I have watched many of the alone series and have seen the use of the khukuri in many of them. I many respects the front portion of the blade is very much like a skinners shape so it will definately be versatile in the hunting field and with the scandi grind will stand up to quiete a bit of hard work. I made this one out of 1075 simply for the time constraints but have a bar of .170 / 4mm O1 tool steel on order to do future blades from. The field scalpel will be from .094 / 2.5mm 1095 when I get to that part of the project. I do have the Bearded UTI to get into production and had put it on hold while I got a few orders sorted over the last number of weeks but will have them back at the front of the que again.garry,
the tv series alone has had a number of contestants using the khukri .
you can find some stuff on the net by searching for things like knives alone.
the first winner extolled the virtues of the khukri.
one of them with a feild scalpel or another smaller blade would do a lot of things.