Salyani (Immortal) Khukuri
Amongst hundreds of Khukuri makers (Villages) in Nepal, Salyan, a remote district in west Nepal , is the only one that has retained the originality and authenticity of its khukuri of the ancient existence till date completely ignoring the modern demand, time and adjustment. Salyan, the founder of Salyani khukuri continues to make the original classic model (version) that was started in historic days when the then Army required khukuri for battles. One of the major producers of kukris during the 18th and 19th centuries’ wars, Salyanese contributed with varied range of kukris amongst which this particular Salyani khukuri is a reproduced model that was extensively used in many battles and also portrayed, including the Gorkha campaign of “Unification of Nepal”.
Blade:The shape of the Salyani blade is very unique and distinctive with patterns (carvings) all along the panel of the blade. The blade is semi curved, almost a crescent shape with no shoulder (peak) at all. A series of pattern is forged all along the top panel of the blade on both sides. This is mainly done to give a distinctive identity and also to show craftsmanship at the same time. Salyani since ancient times had various traditional and beautiful patterns (buttas) all over the blade, sometimes with gold and silver decoration, to denote the religious and mythical aspect of the carrier and his ancestor. People of high status and figure were often seen carrying this “Buttewal” Salyanis (full of patterns) to exhibit their power and prowess.This itching in the blade is done by bear hands using very conventional tool thus is very time consuming and requires a great skill.
The bevel of the knife is also much bigger (deeper) than the regular ones. This long elongated deep bevel would facilitate a sharp and sleek edge to inflict deep and deadly cut. The legendary religious notch in place furnishes a typical and classic look to the knife. The semi curved blade of Salyani is slimmer and slender thus lighter.
Scabbard: The scabbard of the Salyani is also very special and laborious. It is where all the time, effort and money is invested. The making or preparation of this special kind of buffalo leather is a painstaking job that needs hard work and patience. It goes through a number of stages and requires numerous materials and supplies to complete the process, which, thus may not be possible to mention all. Therefore in brief, the buffalo hide is submersed in water mixed with salt and lime for almost a month and regularly rubbed by feet to soften the leather. Adding various natural herbs from roots of plants and barks of selected trees is also one of the steps in the process done to prolong the life span of the leather and to avoid decaying. Then the prepared leather is again continuously rubbed, twisted and folded for hours with “Tori ko Pina” (paste of mustard plant achieved after grinding) while making the scabbard to get the natural embossed pattern within the leather. The excessive rubbing of the leather results into tiny beads like mold all over the surface, which makes the scabbard distinctive, attractive, durable and decay free. Traditional pattern and linings are overlaid in the scabbard to beautify its look. This simple yet attractive adornment of the Salyani is its trademark that distinguishes and recognizes the kukri from the rest.
The old version of Salyani did not come with the belt holder as belt was not in practice (use). It was simply tucked in sash at belly. However in today’s context the belt frog is fixed to ease carry and mobility.
Handle: It is basic and simple made from Indian Rosewood however longer and slender comparatively. The end portion towards the butt cap of the handle is slightly curved. It has some pattern made in the center of the handle, done to further beautify the whole look. The handle has steel fixtures (bolster and butt cap).
Salyani, the immortal kukri, has come a long way which continues to sustain it amazing legacy, which is as authentic as it was first forged centuries ago is an ideal kukri to own as a show piece, a master collection and is a great utility knife at the same time.
The two accompanying knives, KARDA (small knife) and CHAKMAK (sharpener) do not come with the Salyani.
Size of Blade: 12 inches
Materials/ Features: Water buffalo treated leather scabbard, rosewood handle, metallic fixtures
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- KHHI Warranty Card [1 year Guarantee + Lifetime Warranty]
- KHHI Brochure [Company's profile, its websites, products and related] Info leaflet [Info of Gurkhas and Khukuri]
- KHHI Manual [Tips and techniques on handling, maintaining and using a Khukuri]
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- 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): 600
- Overall weight (gm): 800
- Shipping weight (gm): 1150
- Blade finishing: Polished
- Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
- Blade material: 5160
- Place of Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Accompanying knives/B-up: None
- Blade thickness (mm): 7
- Handle finishing: Polish
- Sheath: Water buffalo treated leather scabbard
- Tang type: Stick
- Fixture: Iron
- Edge grinding: Semi convex
- Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
- Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
- Function: Decoration, Defending, Gift, Domestic use, Collection, Indoor