About Nepali Khukuri
Are you looking for the top Authentic Nepali Khukuri Blade Maker in Nepal? Maybe you want to buy the Best Kukri Knife and harrowed by the plethora of choices, or maybe you are just curious about the Gurkha Kukri Knife that curbed the mighty-armed forces in world war. Well, you have come to the right place. At FAMOUS GURKHA Khukuri HOUSE, we have the best weapon smiths who have been producing premium Kukris for about two decades. Constructed with flawless steel and skill, our Khukuri Blades are highly demanded nationally and internationally.
This Blog summarizes every detail you need to know about the Gurkha Kukri, along with their best available prices in the market. Let’s get rolling and I assure you to leave no stones unturned.
Why famous Gurkha Khukuri House?
You may have heard of companies selling Khukuri at cheap rates with little to no insurance of authenticity. While our precisely built and hand-crafted knives are not only affordable, they have also given us the honor of being the best authentic Khukuri maker in Nepal.
It’s really a hard title to bear and maintain, but with a team of dedicated individuals and visionary supervisors at FGKH, things have gotten a bit easier over the past decades. Every purchase at our site also entitles you to a certificate of guarantee, a tag, and a wrapping Lokta Paper. We highly recommend you to stop wasting your time and see for yourself why our cold steel blades are the best in the game.
To wrap things up, we keep customer satisfaction over any monetary gains. So keep reading or just start shopping with us, either way, you’ll be amused by what our team has to offer!
History of Khukuri Knife:
A man with as Khukuri represents honor, dignity, courage, and loyalty. And this tactical blade is supposed to carry the soul of the user even after his death. It is believed in the land of Gurkhas that a Khukuri must fulfill its ordeal of sacrifice in a single shot or it brings misfortune. A Khukuri is a representation of strength, bravery, and commitment.
It is widely believed that Khukuri was used by the Kirat tribe for the very first time in the 7th century. Present days Khukuri shapes could be well derived from the ancient Kirat’s knives. The ancient Khukuri that are framed and showcased in the National Museum of Chaunni, Kathmandu also gives strong proofs to this belief.
Around 2500 years ago, great Greek mythologies used a classic Greek sword known as “kopis”. The shape and style of that blade very closely represented the Khukuri blade we know and love. Some also believe that the Greeks were the direct ancestor and starters of this majestic blade.
In the 4th century BC, Alexander’s soldiers invaded Northwest India. The soldiers carried a cavalry sword of the ancient Macedonians called “Machira or Machaira” which closely resembles khukuri.
This sword was later copied and improvised by the modern Blacksmiths. Another popular belief is that Khukurii is a modified version of the knives first used by the Malla Kings who came to power in Nepal in the 13th century. The oldest Khukuri in the National museum of Chaunni is the one used by Drabya Shah, the King of Gurkha in 1627 AD. It’s evident that the origin of Kukri goes a long way back, up to 2500 years! And with the rise of Authentic Khukuri makers like Famous Gurkha Khukuri House, it’s sure to go a long way forward.
Khukuri Knife and World war:
During the Anglo-Nepalese war between the Gurkhas and the East-India company, many British commanders praised the fighting spirit of the brave Gurkhali warriors who flaunted a Kukri and refused to give up even when they were heavily lacking in terms of weapons and technology.
In 1815, 5000 men, not just Gurkhalis but Kumaonis, Garhwalis, and other Himalayan hill men of the Gurkha Kingdom came together under the term Gurkha and became the backbone of British forces. During the World War I (1914-1918) more than 2 lakhs Gurkhas participated in the war as reinforcements to British troops. More than 20 thousand casualties were suffered and 2 thousand gallantry awards were received by the Gurkhas.
The primary weapon used by the Gurkhas aside from the rifle was Khukuri. Nepalese Khukuri was used extensively during the war and till date, it represents the bravery of our bold ancestors. Our team at Famous Gurkha Khukuri House is dedicated to recreating those masterpieces along with the new ones according to the need of time.
Sharpening and Maintenance of a Khukuri :A Khukuri Knife is highly durable when properly maintained. Make sure to apply machine or motor oil on the blade once a month and remove any fingerprints immediately after use. If the Khukuri blade is affected by rust, apply petrol or kerosene and wipe the cold steel with sandpaper. You can use shoe polish for the leather sheath, wax for wood, brass polish for the brass fittings, and silver polish for the silver once after use to make your kukri shine. Lastly, always wipe your Khukuri clean by a fine piece of cloth after use as dust is accumulated in the surface of the blade.
Khukuri is sharpened by the small blunt blade that comes at its sheath known as chakmak. This is the traditional way. The cold steeled blade is kept upright with tip just touching the surface and making a slight angle with the vertical. Then the chakmak is rubbed on the surface in a regular motion from top to the bottom and vice-versa. This process is continued until the desired sharpness is acquired and the blade is flipped to sharpen the other side. Sharpening a Kukri is a delicate process as over-sharpening can lead to permanent damage to the concave of the steel. Even though there are much better ways to sharpen the blade, our blacksmiths at Famous Gurkha Khukuri House prefer the traditional way to sharpen the genuine Gurkha blade.
Lately, the practice of traditional sharpening is perceived as slow and outdated. People have developed faster and efficient ways to sharpen a Khukuri in modern times. One such example is use of the ‘Rada sharpening wheel’. It is a two-wheel made of steel which pulls the machete between them and sharpens it. The machete should be examined from time to time to see if it is not overdone. The sharpening process usually takes about 4 to 6 minutes which is a lot faster and requires less physical effort.
Another such example is to use a rough steel file. It is a small metal stick with a uniform texture. It is rumored that using a file to sharpen you Kukri blade decreases the lifespan of Khukuri. The larger amount of stress in the cold steel blade is responsible for the effect. But according to our experts at the top authentic Khukuri House, you have nothing to worry about as long as you treat the blade with gentle to and fro motion at the edges. Other examples include using stone or honing steel. Careful precautions must be taken with each process as every Kukri manufactured at FGKH is highly sharp and cut through anything!
How to use a Khukuri :
Another approach is to use the closed grip but with a slightly bent thumb. This grip comes to play when you need to focus on the small and delicate details. Fine works like making small slices and carving on wood require the user to perform with greater maneuverability. The bent thumb provides just that and you are good to go.
Khukuri blade is carried in a wooden scabbard. The scabbard is attached to a belt and rested on at your waist. To pull out a Kukri from the sheath, you start by pressing the scabbard against your body with your non-dominant hand. This gives you the stability to safely withdraw the blade. The length of Kukri should make an angle of approx. 70 degrees with the perpendicular and should be drawn out in a fluent swipe. The pull-out should be towards front and away from your body.
Best Authentic Khukuri from Nepal:At Famous Gurkha Kukri House, our blacksmiths craft the most detailed, custom, and authentic blade. Our blades have been well received by the customers within Nepal as well as other countries. All blades are made of highly-graded Carbon steel extracted from leaf springs. The handles are hand-carved and usually made of high-quality wood but we also have an option for the customers to choose the material they want in their blade. If you don’t want to browse through the stunning and large collection at our site, we have listed some of the best authentic Gurkha blades to save your time.
- 8 inch Gurkha Custom Kukri. - $119.99
- 8 Inch Dragon Eagle Gurkha Kukri. - $119.99
- 14 Inch Full Tang Cherokee Kukri – $294.43
- EVEREST BOWIE - $350
- Double Edge Chukuri Knife Survival Machete – $189.99
- 9 inch Special Forces Machete Knife - $99.99
How to identify a genuine Gurkha Khukuri knife:The identification of a genuine Khukuri knife is actually simple. We provide our entire Kukri with the manufacturing mark to verify its authenticity. Another factor is its design. With a fine recurved blade, length of 40-45 cm, and weight of about 450 to 900 grams, each Khukuri is also given a notch. Notch is located between the start point of the sharp blade and the wooden handle. Many enthusiasts identify the notch as Kaura which is a decorative Hindu religious and phallic symbol.
A genuine Gurkha Khukuri can also be identified by the materials used in the construction. Dense wood for handles, recurved and sharp blade, highly-graded steel are some of the characteristics of a genuine Gurkhali knife. Most authentic Kukri come with a scabbard made of wood and leather covering. They are accompanied by two small blades used for different purposes which we have discussed in other articles of Famous Gurkha Kukri House.
Best Khukuri Handles:
The most common handles are made of wood. These are usually preferred over other materials in combat knives as wood transmits less vibration and helps in shifting the weight of the blade. They are also very light in weight as compared to metal and high-density bones. Wood used as handles also absorbs the sweat which makes it less likely for the blade to slip from one’s hand during use.
Another material used commonly to craft the handles of the Gurkhali knife is Buffalo-horn. It is chosen for small and large blades alike but finds its perfect usability in decorative and collective pieces. Many collectors keep the aesthetic values of a weapon above the actual comfort and usability. Buffalo horn not only provides a unique look but also promotes the liveliness of the weapon. Our expert craftsmen consider it as giving soul to this majestic blade. Upon the death of a water buffalo, its horn is extracted and crafted to make it into a fully functioning handle of the Nepalese Khukuri.
Ivory handles are popular for their glamorous looks. It’s true that they do not add any soul or meaning to the blade but the glossy finish of the finely carved Ivory is more than enough to compensate. Ivory handles transform the Khukuri from a fighting war weapon to a decorative and lucrative piece that is loved by the collectors and users equally. Nepal Government has recently made restrictions on the trade of Ivory as it poses threat to illegal poaching of Elephants. We at FGKH assure you that every piece we make is from naturally deceased Elephants, otherwise even we would not be able to afford it, ha-ha! It is advised to check with your local legislation before buying one though.
Lastly, we have Animal bone handles. They are really popular in small decorative Khukuri. Bone handles add to the aesthetic values of the Kukri knife and endow them with a fine classy finish. The lower friction coefficient of bone makes it easier to handle than the wooden piece.