Khukuri/Kukri

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Khukuri/Kukri is known as Nepalese knife with inwardly curved leaf shaped blade with thickness at the spine. It is used as both tool and weapon in Nepal and some parts of South Asia. It is similar to machete.

There has been a brief history about Khukuri as similar designs were believed to be used during the time of Alexander the great. Similar designs which are known as Kopis by Greeks, Khopesh by Egyptian and tombat by Australian are still being used. Despite the fact Khukuri is completely different from all these as it is well forged, highly tempered blade and could beat down any of these blades.

History of Khukuri

King Prithivi Narayan Shah was the person who united Nepal as a single country.

Khukuri was their leading weapon in the conquest of Nepal
which was believed to be 22-24 states at that time. Even before that the Malla
Kings also used khukuris as their weapon.

Apart from the design it is written in the history that recognition of khukuri came to existence in the world as it was the fiercest weapon at the battle between The East India Company and Nepal in 1815. The great warriors of Nepal like Bal Bhadra Kunwar, Amar Singh Thapa had played an important role fighting the british army.

 

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True history of khukuri was reckoned after the war between Nepal and East India. This resulted on Sugauli Treaty in 1816.

Similarly there were several events on World War I and World war II where khukuri was used as a lethal weapon.

At the time of war when Italy had kept soldiers captive, the Gurkhas with their khukuri managed to rescue the soldiers from their territory.  We can have several ventures regarding the matter of khukuri. These surely are some of the major facts that has made khukuri as a precious weapon in battle field.

The bravery of Gurkhas with their skills in battle with their Khukuri surely over casted the fact of khukuris pride. In Nepal though the weapon was believed to be used plenty of years before this event but real start for its praise started after the completion of this war. After this there are several events where khukuri has played its role. Though the use of tanks, atom bombs, machine gun khukuri still prevailed as the important weapon during World War I and World War II. This is the reason British Gurkha , Singapore army, Bahrain army still carry khukuri as a matter of pride till date.1

Use of khukuri not only comes during war but also on house hold works, to cut meats, bushes, trees. It gives a deep cut and there are less chances of it to get stuck while cutting. Because of its heavier weight at the spine gives it more stress while striking on other object. A leaf shaped design helps user to be more comfortable while cutting down the things.

In khukuri we are given with 2 small knifes which are called Karda and Chakmak

Karda

A small Knife tucked behind the scabbard. Its main purpose is to cut small things and also work as a skinning knife and to make small holes.

Chakmak

It is a blunt knife and is used to sharpen the khukuri and also could be used to light fire with the use of stone.

Notch                                                                                     

The notch near the handle of the blade is a Hindu fertility symbol. It is also the footprint of a cow. So the notch forbids slaughtering sacred animal with it. The Gurkhas also kept promises with it that they will never use this weapon on women and children. Nevertheless, the knife being the leathal weapon, the notch on it is for the blood to dip and not to soil the holder’s hand, so the user can maintain his grip for further demonstration.

The other most important thing about this is no other knife is having this distinctive character in the knife and only khukuri is the design where we can find notch.