Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary


Ispāt (इस्पात्) is the Nepali word for steel.

Nepalese edged weapons are usually made of laminated steel, sometimes with an inserted hardened edge. Some finer pieces are pattern welded, often with a pattern consisting of a multitude of fine dots.

Wootz was also known in Nepal, and on rare occasions used for making khukurī blades which are now highly sought after by collectors.
It is called phaulād (फौलाद्) from the Persian faulād.

Khukuri blade

Laminated blade on a mid 19th-century khukurī.


Pattern welded kora

Fine pattern welding on a Nepalese kora.


Kora tip

Tip of a fine pattern welded kora blade.


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

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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.


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


Simple piece with a beautiful blade profile.


Very large presentation kukri from the Sundarijal Arsenal in Nepal.