the Budhune Kukri (Classic)
For those people who love the traditional and iconic design over the modern ones and for those who seek for effective, high mobility and a persistent kukri knife...
the Budhune Kukri (Classic); Special, Original and Vintage Kukri from the master’s own creation..
Another outstanding kukri from KHHI’s blade smith (master craftsmen) forged to fill up the vacuum of Traditional and Classic version from the history, that is built very light but with heavy re-curved and broad blade projected to deliver a very good balance, feel and cutting power. The desire to own an authentic version of the iconic kukri from the past with all its original features and details, that come very striking and unique and is versatile at the same time, ends with the “the Budhune Kukri (Classic)” - a master stroke from KHHI’s craftsmen who have been making khukuri since their childhood. The original and Classic “Budhune kukri” is for those people who love the traditional and iconic design over the modern ones and for those who seek for effective, high mobility and a persistent kukri knife.
What is Budhune?? What does a Budhune kukri mean??
Budhune is a kukri term used to denote the fatty (broad) chest of a kukri blade. The chest or the upper portion of the blade is made significantly wide and the profile takes a sharp inward curve towards the belly when going to the ricasso area leaving an interesting yet very appealing shape. This kind of shape was mostly adapted in the classic era where the kukri was used aggressively as a dominant weapon. The broad chest will give the extra frontage weight, thus a lethal blow can be auto-generated in a single thrust/swing. Kukris with budhune shaped profile are simply the Budhune Kukris.
Blade:: The unique and special feature of this blade is that it is forged very broad at the belly and makes a sharp inward turn at its re-curve making the blade look very elegant, classic and lethal at the same time. The broad width provides excellent weight and feel in the upper section of the blade, making swinging and hacking much easier and more effective even though the overall weight of the kukri is very less. The heavy weight/mass at the front generates a natural swing that aids the knife in successfully executing heavy and stressful works. A beautiful pattern is carved in the upper spine of the blade as part of decoration.
Handle:: It has a traditional “Parawal” or “Rat/Stick Tail Tang” handle with brass fixtures (pommel and butt cap). The handle gets some curve as it finishes towards the butt cap crafted to provide an easier and better grip. The classic shaped wooden handle has a thick long tang inside that is strongly fitted by epoxy and firmly secured at the back by a thick pommel that is peened over. The curved handle provides a perfectly balanced feel for the heavy broad blade at the front and thus handling is very easy. Thick (20 gauge) Brass Fixtures (bolster with lip and butt cap) are used to complete the making of this special Budhune vintage kukri’s handle.
Blade size: 13 inches approx. (polished)
Handle size: 4.5 inches approx. (polished)
Blade Thickness: 6-7 mm approx. (triangular) and tapering as it finishes at Tip
Weight: 700 gms approx. (Blade + Handle)
Materials / Features: Water buffalo leather sheath, Indian Rosewood handle, Brass fixtures, 5160 steel
Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
The below video is the making of a custom Budhune kukri with chirras/fullers on the blade made for a regular customer. Its a custom design order.