Khukuri Information


“The kukri (Nepali = खुकुरी pronounce as khukuri) with an inwardly curved edge, similar to a machete, used as both a tool and as a weapon in Nepal.”

Khukuri is a single-edged blade and a national weapon and symbol of Nepal and the Gurkhas. Khukuri is written either as Khukuri or as Kukuri.The Khukuri has been popular since the Gurkha War. It is a formidable weapon, a single-handed small blade that can do tremendous damage. The inner curve of the Kukuri, with the concave shape of the blade helping to produce a huge thrust that makes it a very powerful knife for cutting. It looks similar to the inward curve of Machete. It’s the weapon of the Gurkha soldiers, in fact it’s unique.

The curve shape of Khukuri makes it unique and a very peculiar blade. It has been in use for a very long time in Nepal. Not only during the war but also during normal household use, both culturally and socially.

The Khukuri comes in various shapes and sizes. Commonly, the average Khukuri is normally one foot. Usually 15-16 inch blade consisting of a short handle made of water buffalo bone or hardwood, Indian Rosewood, but in recent years the handles have been carved out of Bones horns and even metals.The handles have a raised band in form of a ring which helps to secure the grip. It helps prevent the hand from slipping off the khukuri as well as upward through the blade. The base of the handle also has a bulge, with a similar function for good grasp. The end of the Khukuri inserted into the blade is pointed, which is stuck in the handle. Which can be halfway through the blade, or a complete tang, which is then stuck by the hammer at the end of the blade.

The blade is a single edge blade, and back is completely blunt and thicker than the inward blade. The blade thickness and dimensions vary noticeably. The back spine can be 5-10 mm thick around the handle narrowing at the front end up to 2 mm with the length of the blades varying from 26-38cm. The total length of a Khukuri is usually 40-45 cm including the handle and weighs about 450-900 grams(1-2lbs) Custom made Khukuri’s can be longer and varying in shapes. The Sirupate Khukuri is a little bit different from the traditional Khukuri. The Sirupate Khukuri has a blade resembling the leaf of Siru and are larger and slimmer than other Khukuris. The Khukuris are made up of various types of Fullers which can be Triple fuller(Tin Chira), Double Fuller (Dui Chira), Single Fuller ( Angkhola) or basic non-tapered spines with a large slanting edge.

The blades have a traditional notch at the base of the blade called Cho or Kauda, Kaudi. The exact purpose of which is uncertain. But it is expected that it helps prevent the blood from the blade to stream down to the handle making the handle slippery. This is also a cow’s foot, as well as a cow’s teat, which is a reminder that the use of Khukuri to kill cows is forbidden.

The Khukuri comes in a well-designed Scabbard, a typical leather sheath made of wood. Typical Khukuri Scabbard also holds small blades called Chakmak and Karda. Of which the first is blunt and used to burn the blade. The Khukuri is a very effective close range weapon that can cause massive damage.

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