A Kris Knife is a knife of Malay and Indonesian origin, which has a distinctive wavy blade with sharply tapering edges. Kris blades can be made from wood, iron, or gold. The word kris comes from the Minangkabau word "krang" (pronounced as "krong").  In most areas in Indonesia other than West Sumatra, the term kris covers more generic types of double-edged knives used for various purposes. Piso in Nias means cutting instrument and is reserved for those cool knives with only one edge, usually decorated. In Indonesia and Malaysia, these weapons are considered very sharp and deadly because it often takes skilled precision to assemble them properly. 

The kris is renowned for its wavy blade that is hard to forge. "Keris" or "keris Melayu" are also more generic terms used generically to describe all types of kris depending on their place of origin such as Melayu (Malay), Sumatran, Javanese, or Balinese. Kris is also made in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia such as Cambodia, Thailand, and Java.

A Description of Kris Knife

These Knives are a popular style of folding knife produced by KKM International (KKMI). They have been around since 2003. They are small yet sturdy knives that have a distinctive "U" shaped blade that is made from stainless steel with an aluminum handle. These knives include two types of handles, usually black or orange slip-resistant rubber with textured green nylon scales inlaid with a metal ring on each side. The ring has a hole for attaching a lanyard or keychain.

These knives are manufactured in China and are imported into the United States by KKMI which is located in Miami, Florida, USA. The flat blade of a Kris Knife is typically 3 1/2" (89mm) long by 1/4" (6mm) thick at its widest point. The back of the blade can be sharpened to form a razor-sharp edge without compromising the strength of the blade. The blade is typically stored safely and compactly in the handle by a sliding button which serves as a locking mechanism. 

A lanyard hole on the end of the handle allows for additional safety of the blade while in use. The different models also come in different colors such as Black, Orange, Red, Blue, and Silver. These knives are sold at most sporting goods stores and can be purchased online through several different retailers. They are fast gaining popularity with first responders, military personnel, and law enforcement officers due to their small size, lightweight, and easy deployment locking mechanism.

Distinctive Features of Kris Knife

Kris Knife is a custom-designed knife manufacturing company founded by Kris Bryant and built for the professional chef. The power behind this Knife is their team of engineers who, working cohesively with Kris, have developed a line of knives that deliver the perfect balance between functionality and aesthetics. Here are the top 7 distinctive features of this cool knife:

  • The proprietary steel used for the blade is manufactured in Germany. This steel has been heat-treated to 62 HRc, making it extremely hard and durable (hence the name 62HRc). Imagine a kitchen knife that doesn't need you to sharpen every day.
  • The Knife blades are thicker and heavier than other chef knives of its type. This provides extra strength and durability.
  • The wooden handles on their knives are biocompatible with human skin, meaning that they won't transfer harmful bacteria to your hands as some plastic handles do. Also, there are no glues or adhesives in their handle construction so there is nothing that can come off onto your food during preparation and clean up.
  • The hand-ground, Japanese waterstones in their knives are the sharpest available.
  • A unique style of handle on each knife. All handles are created as a single piece of wood that has been cut, sanded, and polished to fit the knife you order. The wood matches the grain of the blade so that there is no way for bacteria to hide in cracks or crevices within the handle like they can with glue-assembly models.
  • The dashboard storage box that comes with a Kris Knife contains three matching steel spoons, three matching spatulas, and six five-star stainless steel scouring pads specifically manufactured by this Knife for cleaning purposes (they're even called "Spork" pads).
  • Fully backed by a lifetime warranty, Kris Knife offers free lifetime repair and replacement for your knife.

In addition to their professional knives, this knife offers a pro-series of kitchen knives for home use. These are designed with the same care and precision as their professional models but don't have the added weight that the quality German steel provides. The blades are still heat treated, but it's a lighter process that makes them easier to use in everyday cooking. These are still high-quality knives that won't need sharpening as often as other kitchen cutlery.

Advantages of Kris Knife

The history of kris dates back to the 10th century in Java.  For centuries, Indonesian people used them for every-day cutting tasks such as meat carving and kitchen preparation. Until the 19th century, kris blades were made from native metals such as silver or copper which is rare and costly especially for poor peasants. 

In 1815, German Friar Christian Hart published his book on Javanese tools "Hortus Javanicus" where he described kris knives with high-grade blades made from sword steel imported from Europe (a combination of stainless steel and carbon). The kris knife is a distinctive Malaysian culinary knife, featuring a long curved blade. It is the national knife of Malaysia and used in various traditional Malay dishes such as nasi lemak, ayam buah keluak. 

A guillotine-like sheath in the handle protects the blade during transport. These knives are coveted for their sharp edge and ability to easily cut through meat, fish or vegetables without having to exert extra pressure on them with the hand or tool. Traditionally made of high carbon stainless steel, they are also known for their excellent quality finish and workmanship that can last decades if stored and handled properly over time. Traditionally, the handles of kris were made by a master craftsman working with a wood block or pegs, known as naga.

Most of these knives have been made in Kelantan, Malaysia since the late 19th century and currently there are more than 100 traditional kris knife makers within Kelantan. Knives are shaped, hand-forged and assembled using ancient methods handed down from generation to generation. The process of making a knife is usually completed by one person with the help of his/her family members over time until completed.

Disadvantages of Kris Knife

The kris knife is one of the mythical types of daggers that can kill and resurrect the dead. In Indonesia, where its myth originates, the kris has been used traditionally as a weapon for warrior-like purposes. Today, many people use it as a tool for cutting meat or vegetables. There are many different types of kris knives made by several different manufacturers in today's market catering to consumers of varying taste and skill levels. 

These knives can be dangerous as they are very sharp. If you accidentally cut yourself with one, you should know how to take care of the wound to prevent infection. As with any injury, it is important to keep the wound clean so that harmful bacteria do not infect your body and cause further complications. 

These knife wounds should be washed and cleaned thoroughly with soap and warm water immediately after they are made (while the wound is still bleeding). Use your hands as well as a washcloth for this process. Do not remove any dirt or debris that has become embedded in the flesh around the area of the wound.

What Sets Apart Kris Knife From All Others?

Bryant's original design concept was to create something that focused on the hand grasp feature in order to produce a more balanced knife as well as maintain durability while also being safer than traditional blade designs. While the main focus of Kris Knife is on their original custom design, they also offer a full line of high-quality cutlery for all professional chefs. 

These knives are all hand-made in the United States, and are available in a wide range of styles and sizes. For example, the second generation of Bryant's first knife design includes the "Kris Wusthof", a full-custom collaboration between Kris Bryant and Wusthof, and the "Kris Global", a high-quality chef knife for professional use as well as everyday home use.