WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
I just wanted to show you the display of the ghurka you made for us. This display hangs in our Ready Room at HMLA-469. I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and creative ideas when helping us design this knife to pay respect to all of our fallen Marines, Nepali Soldiers, and the wonderful People of Nepal. If you look close, the black placard above the ghurka has the names of all who lost their lives in the helicopter crash on 12 May 2015. We now have this display, in our squadron building, to be a daily reminder of all the wonderful people aboard the helicopter. I hope you are well and in good health, and I hope to see you again in the future when I visit Nepal.
During May of 2015 I found myself in Nepal in response to the earthquake crisis that recently occurred there. While staying at the Radisson hotel in Lazimpat, Katmandu I was pleased to discover the ‘Famous Gurkha Khukuri House,’ a small shop that was run by a gentleman named Arjun. Now I must admit, I looked at several other Khukuri dealers in the area expecting to get a good deal however, I did not find another shop that had the hospitality, service, and selection that Arjun conveyed to me. Arjun’s selection of Khukuri’s was the best I could find and he provided a one day turn-around on an engraving service. I bought several Khukuri’s from Arjun however, there was a small mistake on an engraved Khukuri. I told Arjun that everything was ok with the way it turned out but Arjun insisted on making everything right as originally intended.
During my stay in Nepal, I talked with Arjun virtually every night as I passed by the ‘Famous Gurkha Khukuri House’ on the way to my hotel. While in his shop, Arjun provided the same service for the many humanitarian service aid workers that flowed in and out of his shop that he provided for me. Plus, I got to see the various designs from concept through fruition that several customers wanted engraved on their Khukuri blades, all of which resulted in very satisfied customers.
If you are a knife aficionado, when you get to Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal and you are in the market for a Khukuri, do not purchase one from another dealer until you at least see Arjun. You won’t be disappointed.
I have been extremely fortunate to have been able to visit Nepal twice in the last two years, a county I’m becoming very fond of. On both occasions I have visited the Famous Gurha Khukuri House in Lazipat Kathmandu. As a knife collector and amateur knife smith Arjun Satyal’s Khukuri house is mandatory on my list of things to do when I get to travel to Nepal. The service and assistance I have received each time I visit the Khukuri house is nothing short of excellent and the quality of his knives is superb. Arjun is extremely helpful is picking out knives for what ever purpose you may have, be it a decorated piece for display or a sturdy hunting knife that needs to stand up to some very harsh conditions back home. What ever I have been looking for I have been able to find with Arjun’s help.
In January 2015 (my most recent trip) I asked Arjun if it would be possible to see a Nepalese blacksmith in action. As I’am trying my hand at forging knives I was very interested to see how the Khukuri’s, I love so much, are forged. Arjun said no problems and when I returned from my trek he took me out to see a local blacksmith just on the outskirts of Kathmandu. It was fantastic to watch how they work and to get a few pointers from local blacksmiths who have been making knives for generations.
The Famous Gurha Khukuri House is the only place I trust to get quality Nepalese Khukuri’s as the price is always very fair and Arjun can ship the knives anywhere in the world at great rates. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to add a nice Khukuri to their collection.
Thanks for your excellent work on crafting my gift to the Nepal Army Staff College Shivapuri. On short notice, I came to you with a color logo of the U.S. Army emblem and a design in mind. You promised a fast turnaround and a reasonable price. While I did not expect a color logo, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of your work. I will recommend your shop for any of my colleagues if they need a gift made quickly and nicely for an extremely reasonable rate.