“The kukri (Nepali = खुकुरी pronounce as khukuri) with an inwardly curved edge, similar to a machete, used as both a tool and as a weapon in Nepal.”
Kukri is a single edge blade and the national weapon and symbol of Nepal and the Gurkhas. Kukri is written as Kukri or Kukuri. The Kukri has been famous since the Gurkha war, it is a formidable weapon, a single hand small blade that can cause massive damage, the inside curve of the Kukuri, with concave shape of the blade helps deliver a huge thrust which makes it a very effective knife for chopping. With the inward curve it looks similar to Machete. It is the weapon of Gurkha soilders, in fact its unique to them.
The curve shape of Kukri makes it Unique and a very peculiar blade. It has been in use in Nepal for a very long time. Not only during the war but even during normal household use as well culturally and socially.
The Kukri comes in different shapes and size but the traditional average Kukri is usually one foot, about 15 16 sinch blade comprising of a short handle, which is made up of water buffalo bone or hardwood, Indian Rosewood, but in recent years handles have been carved out of Bones horns and even metals. The handles have a raised band in form of a ring which helps to secure the grip. It not only helps to avoid slipping of the hand from the Kukri but it also helps to avoid upward slipping of the hand into the blade. The base of the handle also has a bulge, with a similar function for good grasp. The end of the Kukri inserted into the blade is pointy which is jammed into the handle, which can be half way through the blade or can be a full tang which is then jammed up by a hammer at the end of it.
The blade is a single edge blade, and back is completely blunt and thicker than the inward blade. The blade thickness and dimensions vary noticeably. The back spine can be 5-10 mm thick around the handle narrowing at the front end up to 2 mm with the length of the blades varying from 26-38cm. The total length of a Kukri is usually 40-45 cm including the handle and weighs about 450-900grams(1-2lbs) Custom made Kukri can be longer and varying in shapes. The Sirupate Kukri is a little bit different from the traditional Kukri. The Sirupate Kukri has a blade resembling the leaf of Siru and are larger and slimmer than other Kukris. The Kukris are made up of various types of Fullers which can be Triple fuller(Tin Chira), Double Fuller (Dui Chira), Single Fuller ( Angkhola) or basic non-tapered spines with a large slanting edge.
The blades have a typical notch at the base of the blade called Cho or Kauda, Kaudi. The exact function of which is unknown but it is predicted that it helps avoid the blood from the blade to stream down to the handle making the handle slippery. It also represents a cow’s foot as well as a cow’s teats which is a reminder to that the use of Kukri to kill cows are prohibited. It is also said that, a Kukri once drawn out must cut or get some blood in it, and a newly drawn Kukri’s Cho is used to cut off and draw blood.
The Kukri comes in a well desgined Scabbard, which is a typical leather sheath incorporated with wood. A typical Kukri Scabbard also holds to small blades called Chakmaks and Karda. Of which the first one is blunt and used to burnish the blade. The Kukri is a very effective close range weapon that can inflict massive damage.
Maintaining the Kukri
The blade of the Kukri is made up of Carbon hence, it is always necessary to keep the blade Lubricated. If the blade is not properly lubricated the blade can be affect by Rust. It is necessary to clean the blade if the blade has been touched. Even with the carefulness if somehow rust develops in the blade, rub it off gently sand stone or sandpaper. The blunt accessory small knife, called Chamak is used for sharpening, you can use it at times.
Caution while using the Khukuri : The Kukri (Khukuri) is a very deadly weapon and can be extremely lethal, it must be used with plenty of Caution. Always draw the blade out of the Scabbard by pressing the upper side of the blade on the Scabbard, pulling the Kukri by pressing it downwards might cause the blade to tear the scabbard. Not only that, if proper caution is not applied the blade might cut the hands while drawing the Kukri.