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Silver Dragon Carved Khukuri (RARE)

Silver Dragon Carved Khukuri (RARE)

 silver sheath dragon carved khukuri is exclusive and rare collective kukri...

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  • Blade Length (in): 10
  • Handle Length (in): 5
  • Blade Steel: 5160
  • Handle Material: Horn
  • Sheath: Silver scabbard
  • Actual Weight (gm): 520
  • Overall weight (gm): 700
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1000
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade thickness (mm): 8.5
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
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USD 189.99

The main khukuri (blade, handle and scabbard)

The scabbard is wood covered by a coloured velvet, then the silverwork is overlain. Different beautiful patterns are carved in the scabbard depicting cultural and traditional values using only basic hand tools.

The blade is 10" long made from 5160 steel, and the handle is made from usually Water Buffalo Horn. Both the blade and handle are highly polished.

The blade is then engraved by hand with a Dragon art on both sides, using only basic tools (you can watch our video below of the craftsman engraving a blade). This engraving normally takes a day on a standard blade.The craftsmen who particularly belong to the “Newars” community of Kathmandu have ancient ties with carving and making sculptures.

 

This Khukuri is also known by the name 'Kothimora'.

Kothimora in strict khukuri terms means Khukuri knife with a silver scabbard. It is a Khukuri that has a special place and value in Nepalese culture and society. The exclusive silver scabbard with beautiful carvings in it also makes this Khukuri a first choice gift to express one’s appreciation and gratefulness amongst Nepalese especially the Gurkhas (Nepalese Army).

The history of the knife dates back to mid 1800's, when Kings and Generals of Gorkha possessed Kothimora to reflect their rank, status and authority (many historic paintings also show this). People from very high ranks owned Kothimora decorated with gold, precious stones, ivory and diamonds sometimes to demonstrate who is in command. Kothimora then were actually known as “Kothi-Moda”, which in Nepalese literature means molding in and around the chape portion of the scabbard; Kothi - Chape, Moda - to Mould. Since silver turned out to be the best materials amongst the selected and gave a precious and distinct look to the khukuri, it was extensively used; the trend that exists still today. However Kothimodas then were much different than present ones.


Social & Historical Use of Kothomidas

Kothimora is also worn as a part of bridegroom’s ceremonial dress in Nepalese marriage custom. The bridegroom tucks his Kothimora in his sash and keeps it throughout the ceremony. This is done in a belief that the Khukuri would safe guard him and protect his new family from evil, sins and bad spirits. The Khukuri would also fill in for him in his absence in ritual practices.

The legendary custom in the British Gurkhas of giving away souvenir pieces to retiring officers for their loyalty and service is only completed by a Kothimora. Typically “Regimental Kothimoras” (Kothimora with regimental cap badge mounted on it) are presented to retiring officers to mark his long service, dedication, discipline and also army’s satisfaction by his comrades.

 

Available Colors:: Bright Red, Maroon Red, Royal Blue, Dark Green, Pitch Black (Please write your preferred color in order message)


** Price also includes a free foldable wooden display stand **     

*Note: Our Kothimoras are made from 100% pure silver. We DO NOT use white metal*

 

See how the Dragon is carved in the kukri blade >>

 

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