Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary


Khisā (खिसा) is the Nepali word for a small purse that was traditionally carried in the scabbard of a khukurī.1

The purse was usually used to hold tinder consisting of the bark of the sago palm, bamboo, or plantain. The tinder was called jhulo (झुलो), literally meaning "fiber".

Other items typically stored in the khukurī scabbard alongside the main knife are:

Karda (कर्द); a small utility knife.
Cakmak (चक्मक्); a fire striker / sharpening steel.


Kukri with scabbard

A fine mutiny era khukurī with the khisā shown removed from its scabbard, shown on top.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.



Further study

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.


The pierced silver mounts with parcel gilding and red velvet backing.


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


Simple piece with a beautiful blade profile.