Language: Nepali
Source: In common use


Khukri (खुक्रि) is a variant of khukurī, (खुकुरी), also simply spelled kukri among today's collectors. It is the traditional utility and fighting knife of Nepal. It is strongly associated with the Ghurkas, a Nepalese soldier class.

It is characterized by a forward curving blade that widens considerably before forming a fairly sharp point.


A khukuri of the 19th centuryA fine 19th century khukurī with silver mounts.
Listed by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.


Both terms, khukurī and khukri, are found in the Comparative and etymological dictionary of the Nepali language of 1931.1

The simplified word kukri is in common use today, mainly among English speaking collectors.


1. Sir Ralph Lilley Turner; A comparative and etymological dictionary of the Nepali language. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1931.

Main article: Khukurī (खुकुरि)


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With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.


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


The scabbard carved as to closely mimic a tooled leather scabbard.


Its scabbard with 12 pockets, with 10 of the items remaining.


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


An exceptionally large example with a desirable three fullered blade.