Indian style knives

Indian style knives DEFAULT

All of my knives are handforged in the primitive/frontier style from carbon steel - such as 1084, 1095, old files or buggy springs.  Blades may show hammer marks, forge scale or other witness to being highly polished, buffed or modern knives come from my shop.

Each knife is signed with an engraved  "WW"  and is GUARANTEED FOR LIFE  to the original owner.

My preferred style is the "Drop-Point" but I also make scalpers, skinners, Bowies, daggers, and neck knives.  I work mostly from "speculation" instead of directly copying original pieces, although original knives have always been a source of inspiration.  I particularly like making "Indian Style" knives with blade lengths from 6"-9".

Handle materials include curly maple, hickory, oak, osage orange, antler and bone, and will many times include  a rawhide wrap, carving, tacks, beads and other decoration.  

A handmade, extremely high quality sheath with varying degrees of decoration, is included with my knives.  

I consider a knife without a sheath to be "half done".  

I will take limited custom work  but prefer  to just have knives and tomahawks for sale.


#1.   Eastern style "plain leather" sheath with blade edge welt, choice of "tuck style" w/ tie thongs


#2.   Same as #1 but covered in tanned deerskin, stitched along blade edge.............................100.00

Options for sheaths #1 and #2

        "Centerseam" (instead of side seam) for "tuck" sheath........................................................  20.00

        "Centerseam" for "belt loop" sheath........................................................................................  40.00

          Short fringe along blade edge side...........................................................................................  25.00

          Light decoration.........................................................................................................................  25.00

          Medium decoration....................................................................................................................  50.00

Heavy decoration.......................................................................................................................  90.00/up

#3.   Western style sheath with "full blade welt", deerskin covered, belt loop to 3",  stitched

          one side........................................................................................................................................ 125.00

Options for sheath #3

          Long fringe "blade edge" side..................................................................................................   45.00

          Long fringe both sides..............................................................................................................   90.00

Options for any sheath

          Deer "rawhide" covered (instead of tanned deerskin)........................................................    45.00

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For sheath projects knives should be sent Priority Mail/Insured & will be returned with the new sheath the same way. 

Customer pays shipping & insurance.  Prices subject to change without notice.  Quotes will be honored for 30 days.

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I use only vegetable tanned cow for sheath leather and quality tanned deerskin and deer rawhide for coverings.

All holes are awl punched & handsewn with linen thread.

A "tastefully aged" finish is standard on all of my sheaths.

Sheaths with a belt loop accommodate belts up to 2 1/2" or larger upon request.

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Type of blade associated with the Gurkha people of Nepal and India

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Bladed melee weapon, utility tool

The kukri ()[2] or khukuri (Nepali: खुकुरी, pronounced [kʰukuri]) is a type of machete originating from the Indian subcontinent, and is traditionally associated with the Nepali-speaking Gurkhas of Nepal and India. The knife has a distinct recurve in its blade. It serves multiple purposes as a melee weapon and also as a regular cutting tool throughout most of South Asia. The blade has traditionally served the role of a basic utility knife for the Gurkhas. The kukri is the national weapon of Nepal, and consequently is a characteristic weapon of the Nepalese Army. The kukri also sees standard service with various regiments and units within the Indian Army, such as the Assam Rifles, the Kumaon Regiment, the Garhwal Rifles and the various Gorkha regiments. Outside of its native region of South Asia, the kukri also sees service with the Royal Gurkha Rifles of the British Army—a unique regiment that is quite different from the rest of the British Army as it is the only regiment that recruits its soldiers strictly from Nepal; a relationship that has its roots in the times of British colonial rule in India.[3][4] The kukri is the staple weapon of all Gurkha military regiments and units throughout the world, so much so that some English-speakers refer to the weapon as a "Gurkha blade" or "Gurkha knife".[5] The kukri often appears in Nepalese and Indian Gorkhaheraldry and is used in many traditional, Hindu-centric rites such as wedding ceremonies.[6]

There have been, and still are many myths surrounding the kukri since its earliest recorded use in the 7th century—most notably that a traditional custom revolves around the blade in which it must draw blood, owing to its sole purpose as a fighting weapon, before being sheathed. However, they are frequently used as regular utility tools. Extraordinary stories of their use in combat by Gurkhas may contribute to this misconception.[7][8] The kukri, khukri, and kukkri spellings are of Indian English origin,[9][better source needed] with the original Nepalese English spelling being khukuri.[citation needed]


Colonel Gambhir Singh Rayamajhi Kshetri, a GorkhaliCommander armed with a Khukuri in his left hand and Talwaron his right.
Gorkhali Chief Minister (Kaji) and Army Head Kalu Pandewearing a Khukuri on his chest.

Researchers trace the origins of the blade back to the domestic sickle and the prehistoric bent stick used for hunting and later in hand-to-hand combat.[10] Similar implements have existed in several forms throughout the Indian subcontinent and were used both as weapons and as tools, such as for sacrificial rituals.[citation needed]Burton (1884) writes that the British Museum housed a large kukri-like falchion inscribed with writing in Pali.[11] Among the oldest existing kukri are those belonging to Drabya Shah (c. 1559), housed in the National Museum of Nepal in Kathmandu.

The kukri came to be known to the Western world when the East India Company came into conflict with the growing Gorkha Kingdom, culminating in the Gurkha War of 1814–1816.[citation needed] It gained literary attention in the 1897 novel Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker. Despite the popular image of Dracula having a stake driven through his heart at the conclusion of a climactic battle between Dracula's bodyguards and the heroes, Mina's narrative describes his throat being sliced through by Jonathan Harker's kukri and his heart pierced by Quincey Morris's Bowie knife.[12]

All Gurkha troops are issued with two kukris, a Service No.1 (ceremonial) and a Service No.2 (exercise); in modern times members of the Brigade of Gurkhas receive training in its use. The weapon gained fame in the Gurkha War and its continued use through both World War I and World War II enhanced its reputation among both Allied troops and enemy forces. Its acclaim was demonstrated in North Africa by one unit's situation report. It reads: "Enemy losses: ten killed, our nil. Ammunition expenditure nil."[13]

On 2 September 2010, Bishnu Shrestha, a retired Indian Army Gurkha soldier, alone and armed only with a khukri, defeated thirty bandits who attacked a passenger train he was on in India. He was reported to have killed three of the bandits, wounded eight more and forced the rest of the band to flee.[14] A contemporaneous report in the Times of India, that includes an interview with Shrestha, indicates he was less successful.[15]


A Kukri (Top) with the traditional Karda (middle) and Chakmak (bottom). The Karda and Chakmak are used as a utility knife and a sharpening tool respectively

The kukri is designed primarily for chopping. The shape varies a great deal from being quite straight to highly curved with angled or smooth spines. There are substantial variations in dimensions and blade thickness depending on intended tasks as well as the region of origin and the smith that produced it. As a general guide the spines vary from 5–10 mm (3⁄16–3⁄8 in) at the handle, and can taper to 2 mm (1⁄16 in) by the point while the blade lengths can vary from 26–38 cm (10–15 in) for general use.[citation needed]

A kukri designed for general purpose is commonly 40–45 cm (16–18 in) in overall length and weighs approximately 450–900 g (1–2 lb). Larger examples are impractical for everyday use and are rarely found except in collections or as ceremonial weapons. Smaller ones are of more limited utility, but very easy to carry.

Another factor that affects its weight and balance is the construction of the blade. To reduce weight while keeping strength, the blade might be hollow forged, or a fuller is created. Kukris are made with several different types of fuller including tin Chira (triple fuller), Dui Chira (double fuller), Ang Khola (single fuller), or basic non-tapered spines with a large bevelled edge.

Kukri blades usually have a notch (karda, kauda, Gaudi, Kaura, or Cho) at the base of the blade. Various reasons are given for this, both practical and ceremonial: that it makes blood and sap drop off the blade rather than running onto the handle and thereby prevent the handle from becoming slippery;[16] that it delineates the end of the blade whilst sharpening; that it is a symbol representing a cows' foot, or Shiva; that it can catch another blade or kukri in combat. The notch may also represent the teats of a cow, a reminder that the kukri should not be used to kill a cow, an animal revered and worshipped by Hindus.[citation needed] The notch may also be used as a catch, to hold tight against a belt, or to bite onto twine to be suspended.[original research?]

The handles are most often made of hardwood or water buffalo horn, but ivory, bone, and metal handles have also been produced. The handle quite often has a flared butt that allows better retention in draw cuts and chopping. Most handles have metal bolsters and butt plates which are generally made of brass or steel.

The traditional handle attachment in Nepal is the partial tang, although the more modern versions have the stick tang which has become popular.[citation needed] The full tang is mainly used on some military models but has not become widespread in Nepal itself.[citation needed]

The kukri typically comes in either a decorated wooden scabbard or one which is wrapped in leather. Traditionally, the scabbard also holds two smaller blades: an unsharpened checkmark to burnish the blade, and another accessory blade called a karda. Some older style scabbards include a pouch for carrying flint or dry tinder.[citation needed]


The Biswakarma Kami (caste) are the traditional inheritors of the art of kukri-making.[17] Modern kukri blades are often forged from spring steel, sometimes collected from recycled truck suspension units.[17] The tang of the blade usually extends all the way through to the end of the handle;[citation needed] the small portion of the tang that projects through the end of the handle are hammered flat to secure the blade. Kukri blades have a hard, tempered edge and a softer spine. This enables them to maintain a sharp edge, yet tolerate impacts.

Kukri handles, usually made from hardwood or buffalo horn, are often fastened with a kind of tree sap called laha (also known as "Himalayan epoxy"). With a wood or horn handle, the tang may be heated and burned into the handle to ensure a tight fit, since only the section of handle which touches the blade is burned away. In more modern kukri, handles of cast aluminium or brass are press-fitted to the tang; as the hot metal cools it shrinks, locking onto the blade. Some kukri (such as the ones made by contractors for the modern Indian Army), have a very wide tang with handle slabs fastened on by two or more rivets, commonly called a full tang (panawal) configuration.

Traditional profiling of the blade edge is performed by a two-man team; one spins a grinding wheel forwards and backwards by means of a rope wound several times around an axle while the sharpener applies the blade. The wheel is made by hand from fine river sand bound by laha, the same adhesive used to affix the handle to the blade. Routine sharpening is traditionally accomplished by passing a chakmak over the edge in a manner similar to that used by chefs to steel their knives.

Kukri scabbards are usually made of wood or metal with an animal skin or metal or wood covering. The leather work is often done by a Sarki.


Gurkhas at kit inspection showing kukri in France during World War I


The kukri is effective as a chopping weapon, due to its weight, and slashing weapon, because the curved shape creates a "wedge" effect which causes the blade to cut effectively and deeper. Because the blade bends towards the opponent, the user need not angle the wrist while executing a chopping motion.[citation needed] Unlike a straight-edged sword, the center of mass combined with the angle of the blade allow the kukri to slice as it chops.[citation needed] The edge slides across the target's surface while the center of mass maintains momentum as the blade moves through the target's cross-section. This gives the kukri a penetrative force disproportional to its length. The design enables the user to inflict deep wounds and to penetrate bone.[citation needed]


While most famed from use in the military, the kukri is the most commonly used multipurpose tool in the fields and homes in Nepal. Its use has varied from building, clearing, chopping firewood, digging, slaughtering animals for food, cutting meat and vegetables, skinning animals, and opening cans. Its use as a general farm and household tool disproves the often stated "taboo" that the weapon cannot be sheathed "until it has drawn blood".[8]

The kukri is versatile. It can function as a smaller knife by using the narrower part of the blade, closest to the handle. The heavier and wider end of the blade, towards the tip, functions as an axe or a small shovel.



  • Keeper (Hira Jornu): Spade/diamond shaped metal/brass plate used to seal the butt cap.
  • Butt Cap (Chapri): Thick metal/brass plate used to secure the handle to the tang.
  • Tang (Paro): Rear piece of the blade that goes through the handle.
  • Bolster (Kanjo): Thick metal/brass round shaped plate between blade and handle made to support and reinforce the fixture.
  • Spine (Beet): Thickest blunt edge of the blade.
  • Fuller/Groove (Khol): Straight groove or deep line that runs along part of the upper spine.
  • Peak (Juro): Highest point of the blade.
  • Main body (Ang): Main surface or panel of the blade.
  • Fuller (Chirra): Curvature/hump in the blade made to absorb impact and to reduce unnecessary weight.
  • Tip (Toppa): The starting point of the blade.
  • Edge (Dhaar): Sharp edge of the blade.
  • Belly (Bhundi): Widest part/area of the blade.
  • Bevel (Patti): Slope from the main body until the sharp edge.
  • Notch (Cho): A distinctive cut (numeric '3 '-like shape) in the edge. Used as a stopper when sharpening with the chakmak.
  • Ricasso (Ghari): Blunt area between the notch and bolster.
  • Rings (Harhari): Round circles in the handle.
  • Rivet (Khil): Steel or metal bolt to fasten or secure tang to the handle.
  • Tang Tail (Puchchar): Last point of the kukri blade.


  • Frog (Faras): Belt holder specially made of thick leather (2  mm to 4  mm) encircling the scabbard close towards the throat.
  • Upper Edge (Mathillo Bhaag): Spine of the scabbard where holding should be done when handling a kukri.
  • Lace (Tuna): A leather cord used to sew or attach two ends of the frog. Especially used in army types.
  • Main Body (Sharir): The main body or surface of the scabbard. Generally made in semi oval shape.
  • Chape (Khothi): Pointed metallic tip of the scabbard. Used to protect the naked tip of a scabbard.
  • Loop (Golie): Round leather room/space where a belt goes through attached/fixed to the keeper with steel rivets.
  • Throat (Mauri): Entrance towards the interior of the scabbard for the blade.
  • Strap/Ridge (Bhunti): Thick raw leather encircling the scabbard made to create a hump to secure the frog from moving or wobbling (not available in this pic).
  • Lower Edge (Tallo Bhag): Belly/curvature of the scabbard.


Kukris can be broadly classified into two types: Eastern and Western. The Eastern blades are originated and named according to the towns and villages of Eastern Nepal.[citation needed] The Eastern Khukuris are Angkhola Khukuri, Bhojpure Khukuri, Chainpure Khukuri, Cheetlange (Chitlange) Khukuri, Chirwa (Chiruwa) Khukuri, Dhankute Khukuri, Ganjawla Khukuri, Panawala Khukuri, Sirupate Khukuri translates as Siru grass leaf like.[18] Khukuris made in locations like Chainpur, Bhojpur, and Dhankuta in Eastern Nepal are excellent and ornate knives.[19] Western blades are generally broader. Occasionally the Western style is called Budhuna, (referring to a fish with a large head), or baspate (bamboo leaf) which refers to blades just outside the proportions of the normal Sirupate blade. Despite the classification of Eastern and Western, both styles of kukri appear to be used in all areas of Nepal.

There is Khukuri named after Gorkhali General Amar Singh Thapa called Amar Singh Thapa Khukuri. This Khukuri is modelled on the real Khukuri used by the Gorkhali General.[20] The real Khukuri used by Amar Singh Thapa is archived at National Museum of Nepal and is more curvy in nature than other traditions.[21]


There is a popular proverb in Nepali[citation needed] as follows:

Sirupate Khukuri ma Laha chha ki chhaina?
Translation: Does your Sirupate Khukuri have enough iron?

See also


  1. ^"Kukri History: Khukuri House". 2006. Archived from the original on 29 May 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  2. ^"Kukri | Meaning of Kukri by Lexico". Lexico Dictionaries | English. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  3. ^Patial, R.C. (17 October 2019). "Knowing The Khukri". Salute To The Indian Soldier − Magazine. Archived from the original on 8 November 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  4. ^Dutta, Sujan (19 July 2019). "I Witnessed the Kargil War. That's Why I Won't Celebrate It". The Wire − India. Archived from the original on 31 October 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  5. ^Gurung, Tim I. (6 April 2018). "A brief history of the Gurkha's knife – the kukri". Asia Times. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  6. ^"BBC - A History of the World - Object : The Fisher Kukri". 2014. Archived from the original on 17 October 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  7. ^Association, Victoria Cross and George Cross. "The VC and GC Association". Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  8. ^ abLatter, Mick (26 March 2013). "The Kukri". Welcome to the Gurkha Brigade Association. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  9. ^Illustrated Oxford Dictionary. Great Britain: Dorling Kindersley. 1998. ISBN .
  10. ^Richard Francis Burton (1987). The Book of the Sword. London: Dover. ISBN .
  11. ^"The Book of the Sword, by Richard F. Burton—A Project Gutenberg eBook". Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  12. ^Stoker, Dacre and Ian Holt (2009). Dracula the Un-Dead. Penguin Group. p. 306.
  13. ^Reagan, Geoffrey (1992). Military Anecdotes. Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-519-0. p. 180.
  14. ^"Lone Nepali Gorkha who subdued 40 train robbers", República, 13 January 2011. Archived 22 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^"Soldier takes on dacoits on train; Gang Of 30", Times of India, Times News Network, 4 September 2010.
  16. ^Wooldridge, Ian (20 November 1989). "Episode 3". In the Highest Tradition. Event occurs at 13 minutes 25 seconds. BBC. BBC Two. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  17. ^ ab"Kamis, Khukuri makers of Nepal". Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  18. ^"Kukri Mart - Handmade Genuine Gurkhas Knives and original Nepalese Khukuris".
  19. ^Visit Nepal '98: By The Official Travel Manual of Visit Nepal '98 VNY'98 Secretariat, 1998
  20. ^"Wednesday evening with Amar Singh Thapa Khukuri". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  21. ^"Weapons (Kukri, Katar, Kora) of Amar Singh Thapa in National Museum of Nepal, Kathmandu". Retrieved 17 January 2018.

External links

  • Media related to Kukri at Wikimedia Commons
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Discover interesting facts and information about the  weapons, including the Knife and Dagger, used by Native American Indian tribes.

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  • Description  and definition of the Knife and Dagger
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  • The use of the Knife and Dagger and methods of fighting
  • Interesting facts and information about the tools and weapons, including the Knife and Dagger which was used by different Native American tribes
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Knife and Dagger
Description and Definition of the Knife and Dagger: The Knife and Dagger are weapons used by Native American Indians in hunting and fighting. A dagger is a a short knife with a double-edged pointed blade fastened to a handle and used for stabbing or thrusting.

Native American Dagger

A knife is a general term used to describe a thin bladed weapon, having a sharp edge for cutting and fastened to a handle, but of many different forms and names for different uses e.g. throwing knife, scalping knife

Native American Knives

A knife or dagger was always carried by the Native American Indian. They varied in size and would be held in a sheath at their side or small knives were hung around the neck.


Raw Materials used to make the Knife and Dagger
Many Native American weapons, such as the knife and dagger were made from a combination of materials. The blades were attached to a wooden handle with a cord usually made from animal sinew or with a type of glue. The blades of the Native American knife and dagger were originally made of bone, antlers and stone. The knife and dagger were designed with wooden handles and sharpened stone edges which could be used as deadly weapons for throwing and close combat. The arrival of the white settlers and traders, introduced new ideas and technology and the original Native American knife and dagger made of stone, horn, bone and stone were replaced with blades made with metals such as iron and steel.

Knife and Dagger - the Types of Blades
Making weapons, such as the Knife and Dagger, was an essential role of all American Indian men. Making a Knife and Dagger was a time consuming task. The Native American knife and dagger were made with many different styles and types of blades. The pictures on the page illustrate some of the different knife blades made by the Indians.

Types of Native American Knife Blades


Types of Knife Blades


Description of Native American Knife Blades

The normal blade is the most common heavy, strong knife and has a curving edge, and straight back, ideal for cutting and thrusting. 
  The curved blade light weight knife has a back edge that curves upward, ideal for slicing or slashing and as skinning knives. 
  The large knife that has a drop-point blade that is thick and strong.



The knife with a spear point blade has a central spine and is double-edged like a large dagger or a spear head. The spear point is one of the stronger blade point designs and ideal for  penetrating targets and used as a thrusting knife, like the dagger. Some types of throwing knives have spear point blades, but these are commonly made flat, without a spine.
  The dagger is a thrusting weapon and fighting knife. Its long, narrow point reduces friction and increases the blade's penetrative capabilities, but is liable to stick in bone and can easily break.
  This type of blade has a straight edge and a straight dull back that curves towards the edge at the end. It gives the most control, because the dull back edge is made to be held by fingers.  
  The back edge of this thick blade starts closer to the handle and is more gradual.  

Types of Native American Knife Blades



Knife Sheaths and Dagger Sheaths
The Knife and Dagger was carried by Native Americans in Knife Sheaths held at their sides or carried around their necks. The following picture shows some examples of Native American Beaded knife sheaths.

Native American Beaded knife sheaths

Knife and Dagger

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  • Description and definition of the Knife and Dagger weapon
  • Materials required to make a Knife and Dagger
  • Making a Knife and Dagger - method of construction
  • The use of the Knife and Dagger weapon and method of fighting
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Knife and Dagger - Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Native American Weapons. Discover the interesting facts and information which relate to the History of Native Americans and the weapons they used such as the Knife and Dagger. The pictures on this site show the weapons and tools that were used by various Native Indian tribes that can be used as a really useful educational history resource for kids and children of all ages. We have included pictures and videos to accompany the main topic of this section - Knife and Dagger. The videos enable fast access to the images, paintings and pictures together with information and many historical facts. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Native Indian Tribes Index - a great educational resource for kids providing an unusual insight into their culture. We hope you enjoy watching the videos - just click and play - a great resource for gaining facts and information about the life of Native American Indians.

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