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Khukuri Knife

A mid-length curved knife comprising a distinctive “Cho” that is the national knife and icon of Nepal, a basic and traditional utility knife of Nepalese....

A mid-length curved knife comprising a distinctive “Cho” that is the national knife and icon of Nepal, a basic and traditional utility knife of Nepalese, a formidable and effective weapon of the Gurkhas and an exquisite piece of local craftsmanship that symbolizes pride and valor which also represents the country and it’s culture. Believed to have existed 2500 years ago; “Kopi” is the probable source of the Khukuri that was used by Greek in the 4th BC. Yet it was only realized in Nepal-Anglo war in mid of 17th century when the British first encountered Gorkhas and started documenting the weird shaped looking knife. Likewise the khukuri came into limelight only after the recruitment of Gorkhas by British commenced in 1815, and when it was made as a part of army dress code. Basically carried in a leather case, mostly having walnut wooden grip and traditionally having two small knives; it is one of the most famous, feared and functional knives of the world.

Gurkhas

After the famous and successful unification of the modern Nepal by the house of Gorkha led by the great king Prithivi Narayan Shah in around 1768-69...

After the famous and successful unification of the modern Nepal by the house of Gorkha led by the great king Prithivi Narayan Shah in around 1768-69, the expansion of the kingdom’s territory continued towards the south which brought the Gorkhas head on with the British East India Company which had already occupied the region. The Gorkhas kept advancing and invading the territories of the Company from all directions, namely, Terai in South, Sikkim in East and as far as Shimla in the Western region. Soon after, in order to stop the Gorkhas, East India Company had to use overwhelming troops, firepower and artilleries to restrict the Gorkhas and send them back and reclaim their territories. Finally the “Treaty of Sugauli” was signed between East India Company and King of Nepal in which a peace pact was signed along with a crucial agreement which gave British the right to recruit Gorkhas under their flagship and authority and thus recruitment started. But it was not until the Great Indian Mutiny in 1857, the Gorkha men were finally recognized and realized of their existence and importance because of their unswervingly loyalty, outstanding military prowess, fearsome courage and absolute strength to the British Force exhibited in the mutiny. Then soon the Gorkhas became the integral part of the British Indian Army. Later after the Indian Independency in 1947 some of the Gorkhas Regiments were transferred to the sole and direct ownership of the British and renamed them as the “British Gurkhas”, which continues till today.

BRITISH GURKHAS in particular

After the “Treaty of Sugauli” in 1815 and even before, Gorkhas recruitment by British under their flagship had already begun. But back then Gorkhas were mere...

After the “Treaty of Sugauli” in 1815 and even before, Gorkhas recruitment by British under their flagship had already begun. But back then Gorkhas were mere Back Up or Reserve Army and addressed as “Native Army”. It was only after the Great Indian Mutiny in which Gorkhas stood firm besides the British and helped crush the mutineers they were finally realized for their strength, presence and significance, and later British recognized them as the integral arm force of the British Indian Army. After that many Gorkha Battalions were formed and Gorkhas along side with British fought many campaigns, battles and wars hand in hand which continued till 1947. When India finally became independent from British Raj, Britain, India and Nepal signed a national level agreement in which all the existing battalions of Gorkha units were constituted and administered as finalized. 4 of them; 2nd, 6th, 7th and 10th regiments were transferred to Britain under their sole right and ownership and renamed it as the “Brigade of Gurkhas” and thus “British Gurkhas” was established, which continues till today. Interestingly when Gorkhas moved to Britain, the letter “O” was replaced by “U”, “Gurkhas” – this is what we see as the first move by the British Govt. to accept Gorkhas as their own.

Proprietor ex 10GR Lalit Kumar Lama receiving the LSCG in 1984
ex 10GR Lalit Lama with VC Holders at KH in 1997
Production Manger and Specialist Til Bdr BK of KH in 1967
  • Khukuri House Handicraft Industry or "KHHI", Nepal owned and run by ex-Gurkha army officer.
  • Khukuris made in Eastern part of Nepal by ex-Gurkha armory specialist and his professional team of Kamis.
  • Kukri knives inspected, admired and recommended by Gurkha VCs. "VCs" visits "KHHI"- a memorial and prestigious event in KHHI.

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