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Salyani (Immortal)

Salyani (Immortal)

Salyan, a remote district in west Nepal continues to make the original classic model that was started in historic days when the then Army required khukuri for battles..


USD 83.30 115.00

USD 38.28

Delivery: Estimated between Jul 16, 2024 and Jul 26, 2024

Item Location: Nepal

Return: 14 days return policy.

Default Specification

  • Blade Size (in): 12
  • Handle Size (in): 6
  • Handle Material: Rosewood
  • Actual Weight (gm): 570
  • Overall weight (gm): 770
  • 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
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Salyani (Immortal), a Historic Khukuri ... the legacy lives on .. Jai Khukuri!!

Salyani, has come a long way which continues to sustain its amazing legacy. It is made as authentic as possible to what it was first forged centuries ago hence nick-named the 'Immortal' khukuri. It is an ideal kukri to own as a show piece, a master collection, and is a great utility knife at the same time.

Amongst hundreds of Khukuri makers (Villages) in Nepal, Salyan, a remote district in west Nepal, is the only place that has retained the originality and authenticity of its original khukuri. Salyan, the origination 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 khukuris during the 18th and 19th centuries’ wars, Salyanese contributed with varied range of khukuris amongst which this particular Salyani khukuri is a reproduced model that was extensively used in many battles and also portrayed, including the Gorkha campaigns in the “Unification of Nepal”.

an old variant of the Salyani Kukri

Blade explained:

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 the medieval era ( or when the kukri knife was first known) 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 & making process in brief:

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, to suit the modern time and standard.

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). The longer handle also contributes in better handling the blade (counter balance).

The two accompanying knives, KARDA (small knife) and CHAKMAK (sharpener) do not come with the Salyani.


Size of Blade: 12 inches approx.
Materials/ Features: Water buffalo treated leather scabbard, rosewood handle, metallic fixtures

Reviews (4)

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Gabby Rios Verified Buyer

California, USA

Date: 15th November, 2023

A Beautiful Piece of History!

After approx. two weeks my order arrived (11-14-23). The order was well packaged and oiled. After unwrapping the Salyani and wiping it off, I inspected it. I did notice a couple of small hair line cracks on the rosewood handle. I'm optimistic that nothing will come of it. Another thing is the very tight fit of the sheath. Taking the Salyani out and putting it back in the sheath is a real pain. Hopefully, over time, the sheath will loosen up. The blade is flawless and very sharp and the overall craftsmanship is excellent. My main reason for ordering it was for historical purposes. Kami "M" made it. He's the same one that also made my AITIHASIK. Overall, the Salyani is a magnificent piece of khukuri history. Thank you to kami "M" and KHHI for allowing me to enjoy a piece of history with this fine Nepalese made khukuri!

patrick McHugh Verified Buyer

Date: 10th April, 2023

I ordered this kukri and when it arrived the handle was broken. KHHI began the process of making another blade straight away, and kept me informed at all stages of the transaction, i have since received my replacement blade and am very happy with it. Thank you KHHI for the great service.

Doug Parkhurst Verified Buyer

New London, Connecticut, USA

Date: 12th December, 2022

A work of art

My third KHHI kukri is easily the finest blade I've ever owned. The Hanshee style of khukuri is one of my favourites, and craftsman Mangaldhan Biswakarma's interpretation of it is a stunning example of bladecraft. The classical scabbard with traditional bark-tanned buffalo hide is sumptuous. The carving on the handle and the designs stamped into the blade complement the high level of fit and finish and the superb edge and balance. All are evidence of the heart and soul with which KHHI's kamis endow their work. Many thanks to Mangaldhan and all at KHHI for sharing their passion with the world.

Bob Fiegel Verified Buyer



Oh, my.  I am embarrassed.  I include the messages below only to remind you of all you did to hold and reschedule delivery of my order around our November trip.  I received a message advertising a new offering today and immediately realized I had not thanked you after the knives arrived.

The knives arrived two days after we got back from our trip, so your timing was perfect.  We were unpacked and all was put away, so the arrival of the order was a whole new beginning.

Your craftsmen continue to create absolutely stunning knives.

The Bowie is a monster, yet at the same time a beautiful piece of work.  It was originally designed as a serious fighting knife with other utility use secondary and little thought, I believe, to beauty.  Nevertheless, created by the proper hands it is a true pleasure to look at and those to whom I have shown it are usually speechless for a moment, followed by “Wow!”

The two Khukuris are of course your usual standard of functional soul in a body of art.  The Immortal leaves me speechless when I show it to someone!  All I can say is, “Just look at this!”

I hope your craftsmen receive the feedback your customers send – it must be recognized – skill and talent in such things are far beyond me, but I am very happy to possess the results of their work.

Some health issues have delayed my preparation of proper display of all, but I have the materials and the plans, so all that remains is my part of the work.  ?   Oak frames, burgundy red velvet cloth background, and magnetic attachment of each knife so no clips or supports are visible.  That way, the knives may be easily removed and handled.  (Two 35-pound magnets will be used for the Bowie!)  The scabbards are of course to be displayed in the same frame as their knives – a small piece of metal inside the scabbard allows magnetic attachment there, too.

And, a very late thank you to you for working with me to make sure things flowed smoothly.  It is very much appreciated.

Bob Fiegel
Robert Fiegel

Sale ID / Warranty #: QL6480 P1

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