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


Named so after the two ridges that are formed on the bi-fullered blade.


With engraved spine and unusual all brass pommel.


A 19th-century piece with a simple blade but nicely carved hilt.


Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.


With wide blade and a two-tone hilt in cattle bone and wood, capped with brass.