Kukri booklet; anything/everything about the knife
21st April, 2019
Why khukuri is called Gurkha Knife?
Since the kukri has always been in the hand of Gurkha and officially issued to them it is called the Gurkha knife. A kukri and Gurkha have flesh and blood relationship since their origin long time back. One is incomplete without the other hence we put them together as “Gurkha Knife”.
The small knives or the accompanying knives are called “Karda” and “Chakmak”. Most traditional and army kukris come with these. KARDA is a small utility knife that has one edge fairly sharp. CHAKMAK is like an emergency sharpener that has both edges blunt (dull). It can also be used to stropping the sharp edge.
Most kukri blades are made from discarded spring (suspension) steel like 5160 of heavy vehicles. Handles are made mostly from Indian Rosewood and water buffalo horn is frequently used for army kukri. Buffalo hide and treated leather are used for sheath.
How to use a kukri in combat?
Interestingly kukri does not need any specific course, training or technique to fight with it. It will come with time, effort and dedication. Good body maneuver, sound body movement, precise focus and firm grip would massively assist the kukri in fighting (hand to hand combat situation). Like the Samurai sword kukri can be used in upward and downward movement (swing) in slightly angular position. There are some martial arts institutes and online courses on how to properly use a kukri as a domestic and lethal knife which can be helpful to get the best outcome. Even the army/police train its soldiers on how to get the maximum result in warfare/combat. Most Gurkhas are natural kukri users and do not need any specific course or technique to use/fight this knife. more on using/handling a kukri the right WAY...
NO, not exactly, but the modern & commercial kukri making is done almost the same way, using same resources everywhere. There are different kukri making methods prevaling today. From the ancient primitive method to machine manufacturing process all these kukri making method exists in Nepal. Choose the way you want.
Is kukri functional/ usable knife?
What are the parts in a khukuri?
Khukuri has mainly 3 different parts, the blade, handle and the scabbard(dap). The blade and comes attached as 'kukri' and scabbard is the cover of the kukri. In traditional peices 2 small supporting knives comes as well in the sheath. You can increase your 'kukri knowledge' by learing about the parts and terms of kukri knife in detail.
(In today’s context we must also add one more category called the “Naya and Naulo” or “New and Strange” since these days kukri is heavily modified and modernized to one’s taste, benefit and demand)