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


Named so after the two ridges that are formed on the bi-fullered blade.


With engraved spine and unusual all brass pommel.


A 19th-century piece with a simple blade but nicely carved hilt.


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


With wide blade and a two-tone hilt in cattle bone and wood, capped with brass.