Khukuri of the Month
Personal note from MD **
- Personal note from MD **
A Personal Note to you from the MD
As the Managing Director, I welcome you all to our Khukuri House Handicraft Industry, nepal (KHHI). My company’s goal is to provide you with high quality genuine handmade Nepalese khukuris and other knives at reasonable price.
But before I proceed further, I would like to share my business background with you. Making Khukuris is our family business, handed down to me by my father. Born into a Gurkha family, my father first introduced me to the Khukuri market in 1994, after I completed my school. I went on to college academics and graduated in 1998, all the while using my free time to look after Khukuri House (KH) and assist my father in our business. In 1999, I became completely involved with KH and started my career as an entrepreneur, finally taking over all the operations and management of KH from my father in 2004. In 2008, I added my own production wing to upgrade KH, renamed it, and founded KHHI, and started its production and retailing, which I do to this day with immense pride and pleasure. We offer the widest variety of khukuris in the world, for every purpose, from decorative to military to working khukuris. We are constantly creating new models to meet changing customer demands. For those who desire a completely unique yet practical khukuri that reflects your exceptional personality, our custom design team awaits you. We have now delivered over 1600 distinctive and very robust custom blades to some of our most discerning customers. The next one could be yours.
I am very proud of our proven ability to deliver sound and reliable khukuris, forged for vigorous daily use, each one lovingly crafted with our eyes set on enduring quality. And now with the establishment of KHHI unit 2 that has the "Primitive Making" and the "Khukuri Gallery" which is a complete conservation campaign initiated under my leadership I am extremely happy and take pride in it. This is like giving back to the Khukuri and to the society. The khukuri and its primitive method of making have been the victim of modernization, negligence, bad attitude, social stigma, and various business issues due to which a project like this was very necessary to sustain the khukuri and its legacy to the public and for the new upcoming generations. Opening of unit2 has definitely been one of the most crucial phases of my business career and I urge all of you to help us achieve this.
Please take your time to look through our current selection. I know that most of you will be thoroughly satisfied with what we already offer. We have categorized our knives according to blade length, weight, price, features and functions, and there is an elaborated HELP section, all to make it very simple and convenient for you to compare each knife to others and find the precise knives that will serve each of your purposes the best. We have also recently renovated our site to our best ability and new functions like Add-ons, Variation, Blanks, Semi-customs, Affiliate programs, more images, and videos are added bonus to the site. Of course, it is very secured, user-friendly, and easy to operate.
I am also proud to write this that KHHI is the only company in Nepal or probably in the world to use CNC machines to aid its production on both fronts; Quality and Quantity. I would like to squeeze in this sentence here by saying that as a matter of fact we are the ONLY company in the world to use all THREE methods of khukuri making; the Primitive, Traditional, and Technology. Coming back to CNC, we use these high quality advanced machines for our custom-design orders and complicated modern kukri knives (ONLY) that require high accuracy, precision, and demand. We very well know that as a company, we must grow and adapt with the ever changing time and technique yet must retain and continue the legacy/method that is our root, our recognition and our pride. As a company and as a person we highly respect and follow our age old craftsmanship and most of our knives are made by this method that the Kamis (makers) have been undertaking for generations. We have also introduced the "Primitive Making" method where bare hands, basic tools, high skill and huge experience are the only key to deliverance and success. Here our main motive is to conserve the method and makings that was actually used in the classical period.
When you have the time for some leisurely but informative reading, I think you'll like our short sections on the rich history and proud traditions of Nepal, the brave and ferocious Gurkhas, and of course, facts about the kukri knife itself. We are always improving these articles as we learn more ourselves. Also, myself being a son of Gurkha and history lover and researcher I sometimes try to pen down a few articles on my favorite subjects (of course Kukri and Gurkha) whenever I get free and get the moods. I would love to hear from you on these topics and perhaps have a coffee or two and share/discuss with you whenever you are in my city. Do not hesitate to contact me!!
As you come to know more about us, you will know that over the years, our mission has expanded beyond providing fine products and increasing the awareness of khukuris, into developing long relationships with all our valued customers. We receive an overwhelming amount of e-mail where business is mixed with pleasure. We love to hear personal stories about you and our khukuris, your testimonials, and how your lifestyles and cultures relate to your use of our khukuris. I am also very proud to have opened a new chapter of KHHI, the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) - there is nothing more pleasurable and satisfying than giving some of our good fortune to others, and bringing smiles to the faces of helpless, poor, and deprived people.
If you have any suggestions as to how we could improve our site or product line, feel free to mail us. My entire KHHI team and I are dedicated to being the best we can for you, our valued customers. Lastly I would like to conclude by saying that the most important and best thing that I am proud of my company is that we are very flexible. The moment you enter KHHI you are not just a mere customer but you become our FRIEND.
Thank you very much and Namaste.
I, as MD of this company also find it very important to alert you all that some individuals and companies are focused on defaming our name and goodwill by calling our products cheap and touristic which we see as nothing but act of cowardliness, selfishness, and more so as a disgust broker and a cheap marketing technique adapted. It is very obvious that they are not competent enough to make their impact in the market and struggling to remain in business. Their defaming words for us only prove that they are not capable of meeting our standards and thus speaking as they please. We challenge these individuals and companies to compete with us in a conducive environment and urge them to be good and responsible human being by not misleading people, speaking the truth and showing respect to others and their works. Furthermore we condemn such misdeeds and warn them of stern legal actions for such illusive actions and cheap thinking.
Saroj Lama Tamang, Managing Director
Khukuri House Handicrafts Industry (KHHI) Nepal
Note that since each of our knives are individually handmade from simple raw materials using traditional methods, all specifications are subject to the rough tolerances of our time-honored techniques and our customary tools and machining. This I see as the beauty of any handmade product as each one is different from another in some way and carries its own individuality and essence.
In this short documentary made for the Treasure of Nepal exhibition at Lahti Art Museum in Finland, Saroj Lama Tamang tells of his work as a traditional kukri knife maker in Kathmandu.