The kukri, a long knife with an inward-curved blade, is a traditional weapon from Nepal. It is part of the equipment issued to the Gurkha regiments that serve in the Nepalese, Indian, and British armies, but is also used as an everyday tool. This kukri is much larger and heavier than other types, and is used almost exclusively for ceremonies and rituals. During the annual Dashain festival in Nepal, the Hindus hold a ceremony in which they behead a water buffalo with one blow from a kukri, for example.
Our ritual kukri comes from the same forge that has crafted the official edged weapons for the Indian Army since 1943. The blade is designed with a forward drop to give it a heavy end, and has a spine that broadens starting at the middle of the blade. A narrow fuller runs to the middle of the blade, and the base of the back edge has a "kauda" – a notch. Most kukris are notched, although their purpose is not exactly clear. Some people think they mark the end of the sharp part of the blade, and others think they are there to prevent blood from flowing onto the grip. This ritual kukri has a grip made of Indian hardwood and is riveted to the pommel.
It includes a black scabbard made of wood and buffalo leather, and has a chape.
Total length: 79 cm
*All sizes & weights are approximate and vary from piece to piece.