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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These handsome daggers were worn by the nomadic Hadendoa people, their name has been interpreted as meaning…


A rare type of dagger from South Kalimantan, loosely based on Islamic daggers seen worn by traders.


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


With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.


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


The scabbard carved as to closely mimic a tooled leather scabbard.