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 very fine Nepalese blade, but kard-like hilt and scabbard.


Early type with very shallow notch in the blade and little flare in the pommel.


Unusual example with hilts carved in lionesque heads.


The pierced silver mounts with parcel gilding and red velvet backing.


20th century military khukurī with many different tools in its back pocket.


Simple piece with a beautiful blade profile.