Gurkha kukri – Uniquely shaped and designed knives that can throw its weight to hack off large wooden logs or at the same time with its razor sharp blade can delicately slice through the skins of a game. Due to the various parts of the kukri that is meticulously hand-crafted (How is kukri made) by the skilled Nepalese craftsmen, the legendary Gurkha kukri has a very wide range of utility (Uses of Gurkha kukri).
While most of the parts of gurkha kukri easily get overlooked, each of these parts are equally important and have their own purposes that ultimately contributes to its unparalleled effectiveness. A few of the important parts of Gurkha kukri are discussed below:
Main Body of Gurkha Kukri
Known as “Aang” in Nepali, this is the main surface of the kukri. The curve shaped main body is made top heavy which makes it a perfect hacking tool – somewhat resembling to the utility of an axe.
Edge and Spine of Kukri
kukri is a single sided knife whose main body designed in more of an inclined shape. While it features the sharp Edge (“Dhaar” in Nepali) in one side of the blade, the other side features the blunt and very thick Spine – (“Beet” in Nepali) which gives the extra weight that pushes the blade through hard surfaces easily.
Known as “Chirra” in Nepali, Fullers – or the grooves that run through the main body allows some extra weight from the kukri to be taken off by taking out some of the materials – while still maintaining its integrity in terms of strength.
Cho / Notch:
Cho or “Kaudi” in Nepali is one of the most commonly overlooked but equally important parts of the kukri design. The distinctive cut or the notch in the blade that appears very near to the handle serves the primary purpose of blood dripper ensuring that the bloods on the blade do not run into the hands of the user compromising his tight grip on the weapon.
The elongated tail piece of the blade known as “Paro” in Nepali – runs through the handle that allows seamless channeling of the strength exerted from the hand to the handle and ultimately to the blade.
Bolster and Butt Cap:
While Bolster (“Kanjo” in Nepali) – the rounded metal plate sits between the blade and the handle and clamps to ensure that they sit tight together, Butt Cap (Chapri) another metal plate secures the tang at the bottom of the handle.
The round circles – sometimes multiple of them in the handle – which is called “Harhari” in Nepali is spaced very carefully in the handle so that they sit right between the fingers of the hand allowing very secured grip and easy maneuvers to either thrust or swing.