The Khotang Village Khukuri (BaasCate)
The Khotang Village khukuri is tribute to a classic khukuri that has been a part of villagers’ and farmers’ lives now and then..
The Khotang Village khukuri, a typical khukuri from Eastern Nepal ..
A famous and common kukri knife from a remote Eastern village of Nepal called Khotang. It is said that this particular khukuri (shape and size) was made by local many decades ago to help them in their daily domestic chore especially for cutting bamboos/logs and clearing jungle and overgrowth. The Khotang Village khukuri inspires its shape and size from a typical Khotange khukuri called the “BaasCate” however with the enhancement of chirra (fuller), handle butt cap, polished finishing and proper usable small knives (Karda and Chakmak). The Khotang Village khukuri is a tribute to this classic khukuri that has been a part of villagers’ and farmers’ lives now and then.
As a khukuri, its usage and value >>
- Overall look of the “Chitlange Village” version but little fatter
- Forging of chirra/fuller (1 ½) for strength and beauty
- Gentle decoration in blade, bolster, handle and keeper for beautification
- Cow-hoof (closed) notch of the famous “Chitlange” version
- Thinner, lighter and well balanced weight (feel)
- Taller convex edge for strength, durability and deeper impact (cut)
- Stick tang rosewood handle having flared butt cap for durability and better grip
- Straight and cross rings and big ridge for beautiful look and sturdy grip
- Traditional style, shape and structure
- Green leather traditional dab (sheath) having decorated brass kothi (chape)
- Vertical single belt loop with cross leather stitch
Chirra >> Chirra or chirre, fuller or groove in English is actually the shallow lines that run along the panel of the blade. A very skilled craftsman first creates hump/s as required in the panel of the blade when forging and later grinds it out in a bench grinder. A custom made (tempered) grinding wheel is used to grind away mass of the blade along the hump and hallow channel is created. This must be done very carefully and requires years of skill and experience.
Karda Chakak >> fully functional small accompanying knives (Karda and Chakmak) are included in the “Khotang Village” khukuri. Here the maker himself makes these two knives to his best ability by putting equal amount of skill, effort and time as the mother blade. This is one of the few khukuris in which the maker (kami) himself does the knives and thus comes in very high quality. Karda = Small utility knife / Chakmak = emergency sharpener and stropping tool
KHHI also supplies the following Promotional Materials with every shipment:
- KHHI Warranty Card [1 year Guarantee + Lifetime Warranty]
- KHHI Brochure [Company's profile, its websites, products and related]
- KHHI Manual [Tips and techniques on handling, maintaining and using a Khukuri]
- Design Khukuri Pamphlet [Custom-design your own khukuri/ knife through KHHI]
- Letter from MD [An official letter addressed by the MD himself to the buyer]
- Letter of Declaration [Letter of authenticity and confidence declared by FHAN (Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal)]
- Actual Weight (gm): 700
- Overall weight (gm): 1050
- Shipping weight (gm): 1500
- Blade finishing: Polished
- Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
- Blade material: 5160
- Place of Origin: Khotang, far eastern Nepal
- Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
- Blade thickness (mm): 7
- Handle finishing: polished
- Sheath: Green leather
- Released date of KHHI Nepal: 2018-09-12
- Tang type: Stick
- Fixture: Brass
- Edge grinding: Convex
- Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
- Blade (panel) Grinding: Chirra
Give us your valuable review on our items.
Superbly crafted, quality of workmanship is outstanding on all three pieces in this set! The chamak and karda are high quality items on their own. Thanks for a wonderful set represinting Nepalise pride in craftsmanship!
Date: 13th March, 2019
David L Knannlein United States