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Mini Angkhola Kukri (Herdsman)

Mini Angkhola Kukri (Herdsman)

one of the most wanted kukris in mini version of Full Angkhola (fuller) series..

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  • Blade Length (in): 8
  • Handle Length (in): 4.5
  • Blade Steel: 5160
  • Handle Material: Horn
  • Sheath: Water buffalo leather
  • Actual Weight (gm): 425
  • Overall weight (gm): 575
  • Shipping weight (gm): 825
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade thickness (mm): 8.5
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
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USD 63.00

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Mini Angkhola Kukri; used by the Herdsman (Gothala) in Nepal

Mini Angkhola is in high demand when it comes to mini version of ‘Full Angkhola’ kukri series. People just love it's handy size and how effective it can be when going out in woods along with your livelihood (animals). The kukri can undertake the tough and rough tasks with no problem due to its various special features well explained below. It is widely preferred by the 'Gothala' (herdsman of Nepal ) hence nicked as 'Herdsman’. 

The lifestyle of Gothala's and use of this Kukri

In the highlands of Nepal where agriculture and husbandry are major occupation, people raise lots domestic animals for food, meat and money. Lads from the family take them for grazing in the lush green fields away from home to Goth (a remote home made for animal farming where animals and people live together). Normally they live there anywhere from 1 month to 3 and sometimes even for a whole year round. They produce cheese and cheddar for local market which are their main monetary source. They also collect medical herbs and plants to sell it. Anyone doing this is peculiarly called 'Gothala' in Nepal.

USAGE .. They carry khukuri for safety reason from wild animals and foes who may trouble them grazing the cattle. They often quarrel and fight for open grassland to feed their yaks, cows, goats and buffaloes. Gothalas use the same kukri for collecting/making firewood, collecting grass to feed and to protect their cattle. This medium-sized khukuri is mostly used by these group of people hence popularly known as the 'Gothale Khukuri'. Check some images below..

Useful & practical Knife; Life-saver & Survival Tool

A small but stubborn kukri knife.. effective and efficient ... handy and handsome...

Blade: The blade is 8inch long with unpolished finishing. This unpolished feature represents the traditional kukris used by farmers and villagers in Nepal since the blades are hardly polished. The unpolished version is done to enhance the cutting ability and durability of the blade. The two fullers that is crafted from tip to notch area on the surface panel of the blade is to withstand the beating and impact during excessive use. It also gives support to the flat surface by absorbing the direct impact felt by the blade. The blade of this kukri is made heavier unlike its siblings so that powerful strokes can be accomplished to get the maximum result.

Handle: A traditional parawal version is used where a rat-tail tang coming from the blade goes through the horn handle and comes out of another end. The tang is completely hidden and FULL. The upper part of handle is covered by metal bolster and bottom part by metal pommel. While the exterior has rings in the middle section that aid to better grip. The handle of this knife is also made totally unpolished so it’s not slippery; meaning strong-sturdy hold.

Sheath & Accompanying Knives: Has a normal black leather scabbard made from water buffalo mostly found in South Asian region. The interior has wood pieces shaped like the blade for easy operation. By the mouth (throat) of the scabbard, a frog loop is attached in which a belt goes thorough so the kukri can be carried around. Two small knives, Karda (small knife) and Chakmak (sharpener), are included in this kukri. KARDA is a small utility knife for small cutting works and CHAKMAK can be used to sharpen both blades. 


Some images of goth (home), gothala (herdsman) and their daily life in upper hilly remote areas of Nepal (Himalayan Mahabharat range) :

gothala (herdsman) of Nepalgothala nepali herdsman grazing cattletraditional-nepali-herdshome-gothworking in herdshome-nepal-gothnepali-herdsman-gothala-carrying-grass

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