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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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.