Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary

Description

Bāṛ (बाड़्) is the Nepali word for the scabbard of a khukurī.1

 

Kukri with scabbardKukri with scabbard

A fine mutiny era khukurī and its scabbard.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.

 

The scabbard of a khukurī is usually made of two wooden halves that are joined and covered with leather, or in some cases velvet. They almost always come with a separate pocket in which are stored:

Khisā (खिसा); a purse carried in the sheath, often carrying tinder.
Karda (कर्द); a small utility knife.
Cakmak (चक्मक्); a fire striker / sharpening steel.

Some khukurī scabbards have a silver chape, called kothi (कोथि).

 

Further study

For a complete overview of khukurī terminology, including decorative work on scabbards, see my article: A Nepalese khukurī glossary.

 

Notes
1. Sir Ralph Lilley Turner; A comparative and etymological dictionary of the Nepali language. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1931.

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