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Brass Khukuris (Angkhola, Kothimora & Dragon)

Brass Khukuris (Angkhola, Kothimora & Dragon)

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This page includes Five variations of Brass Khukuris  [ 18 inch, 18 inch Dragon, Angkhola (Heavy Metal), Kothimora (Fancy), Mini Dragon (Elegant) ] those once sold by Khukuri House but later discontinued due to quality issues in brass handles. 

 

18 inch Brass Khukuri 

Brass Khukuri embraces a unique style of craftsmanship, size, and splendor...

18inch Brass is identical to 18inch Wooden MAAR in shape and size but crafted in a metallic form of handle 'Brass' that is stronger, more distinct, and more attractive makes this kukri a perfect showpiece yet a cutting workhorse and therefore the name. The handle is made from Brass and may be used for sacrificial purposes in ceremonies.

The making process of the Brass handle is laborious and time-consuming. The tang of the khukuri is carefully penetrated into an already-made cylindrical wooden block which is later skillfully wrapped by a brass sheet. It is the very metal used for the handle that contributes to the cost and strength of the kukri. It takes three men one whole day to finish this kukri.

Although 18" Brass Kukri is not brought into practice much it can still be used on someone's preference. The best part of the Brass handle is that unlike the traditional handles (Horn and Wooden) it does not dry up (shrink). The outside temperature and ambient will have very little impact on the handle. As well the metallic surface protects the handle from getting scratches and bruises. All the making and building of the knife is done by hand using only conventional domestic tools.

 

18inch Brass Dragon Khukuri

Carving Dragon in the blade:: This is so-called because of the dragon carving in the blade. The kukri is beautifully carved with dragons on both sides to show more craftsmanship in the blade; however, the dragon carving does not have any significant meaning. It is just a display of skill of the carver and to make the khukuri a fine work of art as a whole. All carvings are done by hand using only basic tools. It takes about 7-9 hours to dragon carve a blade of this size. This kukri like this is more a decorative piece than a working tool although can be used if needed. 

Makers particularly the 'Newars' of Kathmandu who have ancient ties and involvement in carving and sculpture culture do the 'Dragon' carving in the khukuri blade to display their skill and exhibit their excellent art handed down for generations. The dragon design is simply done to comply with the elongated shape of the kukri blade. The elongated shape of the Dragon follows through the panel of the kukri blade and finishes giving a suiting and soothing look to the blade. 

 

Significance / Usage of brass khukuri :

This is where the 18inch khukuri chiefly comes into play, where it reveals its true identity, where it demands a kill and respect as a true slaughter-house. It is mostly used during Nepalese main festival, Dashain, during which on the 9th day called 'Maar' domestic animals are sacrificed at home or mostly at temples as an offering to the goddess 'Kali Maata'. The ceremony is performed after going through all the rituals and the beheading must be done in one clean stroke otherwise it is believed to bring ill-fortune.

This brass version of 18" kukri can be used and displayed at the same time.18inch Brass Kukri's brass handle gives a fancier, more prominent, and elegant look to the kukri; a perfect displayer to decor a home yet a solid cutting kukri knife like the Machete that would ruthlessly find its way through.

 

Size of blade: 18 inch
BLADE Thickness 12 mm approx.
FUNCTION Collection, Decoration, Sacrificial, Show Piece
BLADE SHARPNESS: STANDARD (Very Sharp)
BLADE FINISHING: Polish

Materials: Water buffalo leather scabbard, brass handle, 2 x small knives
Origin: Dharan, Eastern Nepal

 

Brass Angkhola Kukri (Heavy Metal)

The regular Angkhola (special semi-fuller feature) bladed kukri is improvised and enhanced with a metallic handle...

This is the brass version of the Angkhola kukri thus the name “Brass Angkhola”. The regular Angkhola bladed kukri is improvised and enhanced with a metallic handle, Brass or Aluminum sometimes. The metallic form of this special type of handle is executed for durability and to give a fancier look. The kukri knife hence is both, a useable and displayable piece. 

brass-angkhola-heavy-metal khukuri

Brass Angkhola has a blade crafted with a semi fuller or layer (hump) that runs across the main (above) panel of the blade. It is made so to give more strength and durability to the width of the blade while in use and also to cut down the unnecessary weight of the blade. The curvature will need support to the flat surface by evenly distributing the impact force generated when striking against a target. It is also a display of true craftsmanship as it is hard to craft. This is a heavy version khukuri therefore the cut down in the weight makes the khukuri easier to use.

Brass sometimes aluminum is used to making the hilt in order to prevent it from breaking apart even when exposed in the sun for a longer period of time. The metallic handle also prevents the handle from getting scratches and bruises. A fancy and elegant look, a break from traditional look too, is achieved by the brass handle fitted for this khukuri.

Brass Angkhola has a regular scabbard with a protective brass chape. Both its accompanying knives, “Karda (small utility knife) and Chakmak (sharpener) have a brass handle, done to suit the overall look of the khukuri.

Good working and decorative knife.

  • Blade Finishing: Polish
  • Blade Length: 10.5 inch / 26.7 cm approx.
  • Blade Thickness:  10 mm approx.
  • Handle Length: 5.5 inch / 14 approx (including bolster and butt cap)
  • Overall Weight: 1000 grams approx. {including scabbard and accompanying knives (if any)}
  • Materials / Features: Water buffalo leather scabbard, brass handle, 2 x small knives
  • Function: Collection, Decoration, Regular work, Showpiece
  • Origin: Okhaldhunga, Eastern Nepal
  • Category: Village (Farmers')

 

Kothimora Brass (Fancy)

A silver scabbard kukri with a special metallic brass handle...

Kothimora Brass is a special knife given as gifts or as a token of love to mark respect and appreciation. Traditionally, it is also carried by a bridegroom with his customary dress in the marriage ceremony in order to stand out from the crowd. Brass kothimora is a later version of the regular kothimoras. Its handle is made in brass or in other metallic forms for durability, fancy and prominent look.

An extra effort of making the blade in “Angkhola” version is executed to add more life to the whole kukri. The forging of the blade enhances the beauty and the craftsmanship at the same time as the process undertaken is laborious and complex. The blade is heavier and fatter too so the feel of a real hacking knife is accomplished. Both small knives, Karda and Chakmak of this type have brass handles to suit the main kukri. A “Kothimora Brass” comes in various basic color velvet backgrounds. A buyer may order his preferred color on demand.

 

Blade Finishing: Mirror Polish
Blade Length: 10 inch / 25.40 cm approx.
Blade Thickness:  11.5 mm approx.
Handle Length: 5.5 inch / 13.97 cm approx (including bolster and butt cap)
Overall Weight:  850 grams approx. including scabbard and accompanying knives
Materials / Features: Pure silver scabbard, special brass handle, Korean velvet, 2 x small knives with brass handle
Origin: Dharan, Eastern Nepal
Category: Latecomers (Amazing)

 

Mini Brass Dragon (Elegant)

The brass and dragon combination delivers an outstanding work of art that draws attention and appeals an eye..

Mini Brass Dragon is a fancy and elegant looking kukri thus many put it in shelf to décor ones pride ownership. The brass and dragon combination delivers an outstanding work of art that draws attention and appeals an eye. This prominent and perfect looking kukri knife would enhance the beauty of a space and polish the whole ambient. The khukuri also makes an ideal gift to give away to special person/s on any occasion, on any account.

The kukri is beautifully carved with dragons on both sides to show more craftsmanship in the blade; however the dragon carving does not have any significant meaning. Makers particularly the “Newars” of Kathmandu who have ancient ties and involvement into carving and sculpture culture do the “Dragon” carving in the khukuri blade to display their skill and exhibit their excellent art handed down since generations. Dragon design is simply done to comply with the elongated shape of the kukri blade. The elongated shape of the Dragon follows through the panel of the kukri blade and ends up giving a suiting and soothing look to the blade. All carvings are done by hand using only basic tools. It takes about 5-6 hours to get a dragon done in this particular blade.

Brass is used to make the hilt in order to prevent it from breaking apart even when exposed in the sun for a longer period of time. The metallic handle also prevents the handle from getting scratches and bruises. A fancy and elegant look, a break from traditional look too, is achieved by the brass handle fitted for this khukuri.

These exclusive features of this knife make it a genuine souvenir from Nepal that would boost one’s interior. 

Size of blade: 8 inch

Materials: Water buffalo leather scabbard, brass handle, 2 x small knives

Origin: Dharan, Eastern Nepal

 

 

 

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