Khukuri House Handicraft Industry's history is purely coincidental, fortunate and also destined, and now with renaming referring “the growth”, KHHI is more superior.
(It is important to note that prior to establishment of KHHI the name and reputation of khukuri was in danger of extinction because of very low production, cheap quality, ignorance, lack of awareness and knowledge of its market credibility and significance.)
Ex-10GR Mr. Til Bahadur Bishwakarma after retirement from Gurkha Army joined GRU (Gurkha Reserve Unit, Brunei) where he continued to serve as an armor specialist for almost 10 yrs. In his years of service he was disappointed and embarrassed with the quality of khukuri that was supplied to recruits by local contractors from Nepal. Both officials and receivers were not at all satisfied therefore they wanted Mr. TB BK to supply them with better khukuris after finishing his terms in Brunei as they knew he had the ability and moreover he belonged to the craftsman root. Now, armed with support from officials and determination to save the name of the khukuri and the craftsmanship itself Mr. B.K devoted himself into setting up a genuine khukuri manufacturing workshop. In the process he was looking for a like minded partner who could take the responsibilities of handling administrative part so that he could concentrate in making quality khukuris as everything had to be started from scratch.
On the other side of KHHI history, Ex - 10GR Mr Lalit Kumar Lama after retirement from Gurkha Army had been doing some local business as a contractor for BGTC (British Gurkhas Transit Camp). Mr Lama in this period was asked to supply some khukuris to them which he managed through some local blacksmith in Kathmandu but both parties had to content themselves with the inferior quality khukuris as there were hardly any productions. With the annual Khukuri tender of 1989 approaching near, Mr Lama was seeking for somebody who could supply him with high quality and large number of khukuris and on the other hand Mr. TB BK was looking for somebody who could look after the paper works and distribution activities. They discovered each other in British Gurkhas Nepal (BGN), KTM and realizing each others need both united as partners to fulfill their objectives to produce and promote quality khukuris and save the endangered national knife of the country.
Both successfully executed their designated jobs for BGTC and people started recognizing and respecting their work but it was not until early 1991 when both realized the importance of establishing a company and a showroom so that khukuris can also be brought and promoted to the local market and to test the international avenues. Thus Khukuri House was formed in March of 1991 and encrypted itself in the history as the first genuine khukuri company in Nepal. The house was officially registered and each of them took their own responsibilities to the best possible outcome.
We would like to mention that during this time khukuri was hardly available for sale, even if it was then quality was not up to the standard as of today. Worse, khukuri was in such a phase that people did not recognize and realize its value and the charismatic history and pride it carried of the country. We at KHHI relish in saying that we played a considerable role in saving khukuri from becoming extinct and making aware to the people of its national pride and glory. It would be fair enough to credit KHHI for what khukuri and kamis are today.
Lastly after the great success and remarkable achievement, more than 22 years of outstanding business and proficiently conquering numerous hurdles now Khukuri House has been handed over to the younger generation of the founders. Though Ex -10GRs Mr. Lalit Lama and TB BK continue to retain their posts; primarily work, management and responsibilities have been handed over to their sons. The founders only supervise, support and assist the ongoing business and are more active in public relation activities at present.
The youngest son of Mr. TB BK has taken up the production department in the eastern part whereas the two sons of Mr. Lama have been handed over the management and trading of Khukuris. The elder son Mr Sanjay Lama runs his own Khukuri House Thamel (KHT) situated in Thamel, Kathmandu. And the youngest son, Mr. Saroj Lama Tamang after successfully running “Khukuri House” or KH in Ekantakuna, Patan and his four online e-commerce sites for over 8 years not only achieved great feat but now has further taken his business into new soaring stature with the establishment of “Khukuri House Handicraft Industry” (KHHI) in the heart of the Industrial Estate of Patan, Kathmandu where all minor and major production establishments of Nepal come together. In the process he has renamed KH as KHHI to recognize the grand upgrading of KH. Mr Saroj Lama is the sole proprietor of KHHI and manages this industry separately with his self-made technical and production team. KHHI now has five sites to its name thekhukurihouse.com; khukurihouseonline.com; gurkhas-kukris.com, khukrimuseum.com and www.namasterugs.com respectively which are explicitly under the ownership of KHHI and runs under the management and direction of Mr. Saroj Lama Tamang.
Khukuri House Handicraft Industry would like to bring to the notice that Mr. Saroj Lama runs KHUKURI HOUSE HANDICRAFT INDUSTRY separately with its own organizational objectives and goals. Therefore, with pride KHHI now located in Patan Industrial Estate conveys that all write –ups and photos in this site and the sites mentioned above are owned and run by KHHI only. KHHI under Mr Lama’s leadership and determination have been established to meet the ever increasing demands of customers, to provide and reinforce better quality, to further promoting khukuris and to uplift the living standard of Kamis more than ever. Carrying dreams and aspirations from his father and uncle Mr. TB BK, Mr. Saroj Lama Tamang aspires to take KHHI, the name of Nepalese Khukuris and the craftsmanship of Kamis to the highest possible arena in the world. Mr. Lama has already been praised for his professional business approaches, his outstanding approach on khukuris, enforcing better quality, amazing new varieties, his presentation skill on his online sites and his remarkable non academic research on history of Gurkhas and khukuris.
KHHI in particular
KHUKURI HOUSE HANDICRAFT INDUSTRY is actually renaming of KH done to recognize its improvement and growth. KHHI is registered under Industry Business Act 2049, section 3 (ka) and under the same Act, Article 4 and 5 in Section 10, KHHI is registered as Small Cottage Industry of Nepalese Government having its registration number as 6026/299/064/065. KHHI was registered under the above Acts on the 24th February 2008. Furthermore, KHHI is also a member of Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal and has been active since April 28, 2008. The company is given official industry number and stands as "Industry No. 101" amongst other 120 plus production industries.
KHHI has always been well known for its superior quality products and services. Of late, we have come to know that many companies and competitors are misusing our image by claiming their products as/of ours and thus in the process misleading the general public. Therefore in order to tackle this critical issue we have started stamping all our products (each and every blade) with our official trademark (logo) as shown below to distinguish ours from others’. For now we are doing a makeshift trademark and will very soon come up with our finalized trademark since the matter needs urgent addressing. ONLY the Khukuris and Knives with our official trademark (see below) are the property of KHHI (made by KHHI) and is/are the only ones we hold responsible of and obliged to. Therefore please be very careful prior to buying and while selecting. After all we want people to get the real blades from the real house.
KHHI has come a long way since its inception in 1991, expanding its horizon in its line of business and continuing commitment, to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of its workforce and their families. Furthermore, KHHI looks deeper into its social responsibilities and takes one step further to enhance the quality of life of its local community and society at large. We have come to an age where philanthropy is an inevitable part of business, but we at KHHI believe in touching lives of others with care and compassion more so we take our corporate social responsibility heartily and relentlessly aim towards helping and developing our fellow citizens and thus the whole country. For details “Click here”