The CUMA Tak-Ri 3.5 is not your typical kukri. In fact, one must understand what a Gurkha Kukri is to see the curve in its blade. The kukri (Devnagari/ ??????), originally spelled khukri or khukuri, is a curved Nepalese knife. It is a traditional weapon for Nepalese people, and also a weapon of choice/side arm for all Nepalese including those serving in different armies around the world. The word Tactical translates into practical functionality, especially among military and law enforcement. That was the thought going into the knife's design. The CUMA Tactical Street Defense program was created by world-renowned CQC expert Sijo Waysun Johnny Tsai in 2000. SiJo has over 31 years in the martial arts along with 25 years experience as an instructor. He wanted to create a truly functional knife that could be used for CQT combat, street defense, and as an all-around tool for the outdoor sportsman. A few others helped along the way offering expert advice to ensure TOP performance of this blade. Those experts include TOPS KNIVES founder/owner Mr. Mike Fuller and Brent Beshara the creator of the BESH WEDGE (BESH gave the knife its name).