Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary


Khol (खोल्) is the Nepali word for the grooves running the base of a khukurī blade. They are present on the vast majority of antique khukurī.

Alternatively, it can mean scabbard, sheath; any covering.

Well, not any. The khukurī scabbard specifically is called dāp (दाप्).


Khol lines on khukuri

A mid 19th century khukurī with khol.
The are the two narrow grooves running along the back of the first portion of the blade.


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.