Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary


Sã̄gle buṭṭā (साँगले बुट्टा); "Ornamentation in chains".1

The description given in the dictionary is very brief, so it is hard to know exactly what is meant. The fact that buṭṭā (बुट्टा) can refer to embroidery, braid, and filigree also does not help narrow it down.

Work that could be described as "ornamentation in chains" can be seen in the fine quillwork embroidery of some 19th century khukurī, but also in the filigree work on the silver scabbard mounts of some kothimora khukurī.


Nepalese quill embroidery

Fine quill embroidery on a mid 19th-century khukurī.



Silverwork on kukri sabbard

Braided work in fine silver wire on the scabbard of a kothimora khukurī.

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.