A humble khukurī
Overall length

36.2 cm

Blade length

27.8 cm

Blade thickness

Base 8.5 mm

Middle 8 mm

5 cm from tip 5.5 mm

Blade width

Narrowest at base 31.5 mm

Widest at belly 55 mm

Weight without scabbard

407 grams

Point of balance

10 cm from hilt

Materials

Iron, steel, wood, leather, cotton thread

Culture

Nepalese

Dating

Probably late 19th century

Provenance

From a European private collection

Price €250, -

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Description

This khukurī has a relatively fat-bellied blade, also known as budhune khukri ( बुधुने खुक्रि). The forging is utilitarian, with some cold shuts on either side, but no forging flaws appear along the edge, where it matters.

The hilt is quite well-made, with a high raised ridge and skillful floral engraving around it.

At the pommel are five notches, clearly intentionally cut. We can only speculate why: To keep score? To keep track of how many months he was away from home? We may never know.

It comers with its original leather covered scabbard. Knife and pouch are lost, but the cakmak (चक्मक्) a small fire striker and sharpening steel, remains.

Condition; See photos.

 

Conclusion

A humble, but sturdy and practical khukurī.

 

A humble khukuri
A humble khukuri
A humble khukuri
A humble khukuri
A humble khukuri
A humble khukuri
A humble khukuri
A humble khukuri

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