Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary


Kã̄jo (काँजो) is the Nepali word for the bolster of a khukurī.1

It literally means: "A band of metal (e.g. round the handle where the blade of a khukri or sickle is sunk into it); hilt of a khukri or sword."

khukurī bolsters are usually made of iron, but precious metals like silver and gold are also encountered on higher-quality pieces.


Kukri bolster called kajo

Kã̄jo on a fine mutiny era khukurī.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.


Group of khukuri

A group of khukurī with bolsters made of various materials.
Left to right: Iron, paktong, iron, iron, iron, silver, gold, iron, iron, iron, iron with brass inlay.


For a complete overview of khukurī terminology, see my article: A Nepalese khukurī glossary.


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.