Hamro pyaro Sirupate khukuri (our dear Sirupate kukri)
22nd July, 2018
"Hamro pyaro Sirupate khukuri (our dear Sirupate kukri)". The 1st word any Nepali would utter when it comes to khukuri is the Sirupate. Here is some info on Nepal's no.1 khukuri >>
The name: “SiruPate”
“SiruPate” is a typical Nepalese word derived from a leaf’s name found in the hill areas of Nepal. “Siru” is the plant’s name and leaf of it is called “Paat”. Since the shape of the Siru’s leaf inspires the shape of the SiruPate khukuri, the name is given so.
the IMPORTANCE >>
In the rural villages and hilly regions of Nepal farmers carry out their daily domestic and livelihood works by always carrying a khukuri knife. Therefore a need for a handy, functional and mobile khukuri is necessary that would assist them to accomplish any objectives that involve cutting, hacking, clearing, hammering etc. Since a SiruPate khukuri is slender, lighter weight and handier, making it more practical than other khukuris, farmers prefer it over other models and heavily rely on it. The knife not only helps a farmer do his daily profession but also safeguards him from imminent threats and danger from wild animals while in woods. This special bond between the user and his khukuri keeps him stable, strong and always at a safe bay. SiruPate khukuri becomes like his guarding angel physically, mentally and religiously. SiruPate khukuri is Nepalese no.1 choice.
SiruPate as a “KNIFE”
A SiruPate is a slimmer and lighter compared to other khukuris yet very effective. The mobility, easy-going and delight-to-carry feature of the khukuri knife makes it more special and extra than its counterparts. It has good reach and well placed equilibrium at around the notch area that provides a perfect feel and handling. It is designed for daily household and outdoor cutting activities in the villages and hills. It is one of the most famous and common khukuris in Nepal which has good demand amongst the locals. It is highly recommended for those who like to travel light. Sirupate khukuri makes very good gift and souvenir to take back home from Nepal.
SiruPate - a “GURKHA knife”
The very main advantage of a Sirupate khukuri we have known so far over its counterparts makes it a preferred knife of any Gurkha soldier (recruits). The blade is constructed narrow, slim and light (less weight) thus very easy to maneuver and carry around. It has good reach that make cutting effortless. There is no stress in handling the khukuri for a prolong time and you can also walk miles carrying it with no pressure at all. Moreover majority of Gurkhas are small stature so something small and light yet very effective and versatile khukuri is always their 1st choice. SiruPate is by no means a standard issue but an optional no.2 khukuri knife for training, exercise and even for military campaigns and battles. Soldiers have choices when it comes to their secondary knife and most would pick Sirupate. This khukuri they buy on their own from reliable manufacturer (source) like KHHI Nepal.
There isn’t many classic models in this format. Some have the slenderness but much more curved. After the war (killing) era a need for a more functional and domestic kukri knife to assist the daily rural living led to the creation of this model. Villagers turned to nature and found the answer in the form of a special leaf called the SIRU-PAAT. The shape was copied and molded in a kukri profile. It is our belief that SiruPate kukri materialized in early 1800s.
Sirupate khukuri ko jai ho!! Long live the Sirupate!!