18inch Wooden Dragon Kukri
A standard sacrificial ceremonial kukri with beautifully hand carved dragons on both sides...
- Blade Size (in): 18
- Handle Size (in): 6.5
- Handle Material: Rosewood
- Actual Weight (gm): 1275
- Overall weight (gm): 1750
- Shipping weight (gm): 2300
- Blade finishing: Polished
- Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
- Blade material: 5160
- Place of Origin: Dharan, Eastern Nepal
- Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
- Blade thickness (mm): 10
- Handle finishing: polished
- Sheath: Water buffalo leather scabbard
- Tang type: Stick
- Fixture: Brass
- Edge grinding: Semi convex
- Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
- Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
- Function: Show Piece, Decoration, Sacrifical, Gift
18 inch Wooden Dragon; Large sacrificial ceremonial khukuri with historic, cultural & religious importance
here, the famous 18-inch Maar Khukuri gets a dragon carved blade, the specifications are exactly the same, just the dragon is itched on both sides of the blade.
Dragon, the major attraction >>
All kukris that belong under the carved dragon category are engraved with the picture of dragon on the blade. The engraving is done on both sides to beautify the look of the blade and also to show the craftsmanship of the engraver. The craftsmen who particularly belongs to the “Newars” community of Kathmandu have ancient ties with carving and making sculpture. Newars are the most artistic group among others in the Nepali community. There is no significant importance in carving dragon on the blade, it is done simply to comply with the elongated shape of the kukri blade. The carvings are done by hand using only basic tools(video attached).
Large & enormous kukri knife (18" blade + 6.5" handle; making it 24.5 inch long khukuri)
here The blade measures 18 inches long and has a wooden handle thus the definite name. The shape resembles the “BhojPure” version; fat, thick and heavy. Brass fixtures are fitted in the handle to give a dashing look. The normal buffalo hide leather scabbard also has a protecting brass chape to give an overall matching look. This 18” Wooden Dragon also comes with two accompanying knives in a considerable size, about 4 inches bladed; a good usable size.
18” wooden dragon is also a good utility knife where heavy duty work of cutting is required. It works like a Machete; a perfect knife for hacking, chopping, clearing motherly things not possible from small or standard sized kukri knives. 6.5inch Wooden’s wooden handle gives a traditional look. It also gives a strong and sturdy grip needed to execute big acts.
All the forging and making of the knife is done by hand using only conventional domestic tools. It takes three men one whole day to finish this kukri.
Value & Usage in Nepali festivals (ceremonies)
This is a large type of kukri used for sacrificing animals in festivals. “Dashain”, the main festival of Nepalese, which mostly falls in October is celebrated by sacrificing animals (buffaloes/goats) after necessary rituals are done on the 9th day called “Maar” during the 10-day long festival. It is customary in Nepal that families celebrate the festival by purchasing domestic animals from locals and sacrificing it at home or mostly at temples as an offering to the goddess “Durgamata”.
It is also used on other ceremonial rituals of different community and ethnic groups. The major festivals/ceremonies that require a sacrifice are Dashain, Gadhimai, KukDevata (clan-deity) Pooja, and other small homes/temples worshipping mainly in Kali temple and Shaktipethas.
There is also a myth that the whole community where the ceremony is performed will suffer misfortune if the beheading is not done in one clean stroke. So a specific person with a skill to behead at once is given the responsibility.
Size of blade: 18 inch approx. + 6.5 inch handle
Materials: Water buffalo leather scabbard, rosewood handle, 2 x small knives Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
(See how the dragon is craved in the khukuri at khukuri house, KHHI, Nepal)