Language: Dzongkha

The dozum is a short dagger with a blade that gradually narrows to an acute point. It is worn as part of a Bhutanese man's attire up to today.

They are customarily worn horizontally in front of the belly, rolled into the traditional garb, unseen, or separately carried on the left side, rolled in fabric with the pommel exposed.


Dozum as worn by the guards of Ugyen Wangchuck

Some of the guards of Ugyen Wangchuck, first king of Bhutan, with the pommels of their dozum exposed.
Lower left: A typical high-end Bhutanese gilt openwork pommel of the style these men wear.


Most are a fairly simple utility knives, but those worn by the upper class are works of art with elaborate gilt pommels with complex openwork.




Bhutanese dozum dagger

A top quality Bhutanese knife, or dozum


(Due to several dialects and transliteration systems, dozum are alternatively referred to as: dossumdoo zumdro zom or dudzom.)

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With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.


With narrow blade and all brass mounts.


With heavy silver mounts, pierced and chiseled.


A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.


With gilt-copper hilt and scabbard done in beautiful Kutch style repousse work.


Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.