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 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.


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.


An understated, elegant khukuri of substantial proportions with fine layered blade.