About khukuri (kukri)

The Kukri [koo k-ree] (also spelled as Khukuri)  is a large knife having a heavy curved blade that is sharp on the concave side, used by the Nepalese Gurkhas for hunting and combat. It is used in daily life of Nepalese people for cutting fodders, branches, meat etc. It is the distinctive curved Nepali knife that is synonymous with the Gurkhas & Nepalese people. The Kukri is respected through-out the world for its fearful effectiveness as a close combat weapon but it is also an humble multi-purpose tool that has been used through centuries in Nepal for everyday tasks. It is a symbolic weapon of the Gurkhas throughout the world, signifying the courage and valor of the bearer in the battlefield. The Gurkhas used Kukri during the Second World War and was a symbol of success and courage. It is a part of the regimental weaponry and heraldry of the Nepal Army and Royal Gurkha Regiment of British army and Gurkha Rifles in Indian Army. It is also used in many traditional rituals among different ethnic groups of Nepal including one where the groom has to wear it during the wedding ceremony. It is known to many people simply the ‘gurkha blade or ‘Gurkha knife’. It is well said that Bowie knife, stiletto, Scimitar, Roman sword, Samurai or Machete are some of  famous knives of the world and have all played a great historical significance because of their  cutting edge over other  weapons but the most famous of them is the “kukri” …!!!

   By the time a Gurkha joins the army, the Kukri has become a chopping extension of his dominant arm. This is important because it is not the weight and edge of the weapon that make it so terrible at close quarters so much as the skilled technique of the stroke; it can claim to be almost impossible to parry. But it is important to remember that the kukri is a tool of all work; at home in the hills and on active service it will be used for cutting wood, hunting and skinning, opening tins, clearing undergrowth and any other chore. From this it is plain that there can be no truth in the belief that a Gurkha must draw blood every time before he may unsheathe his blade.

    Historically, Kukri is a handmade product built by skilled craftsman. Kami and sarki are the two major castes who are the skilled craftsman to make kukri. The eastern villages/towns of Nepal (Dharan, Bhojpur, Chainpur and Dhankuta) are famous for the history of kukri manufacturing.