Month: April 2016

The Origin of Kukri Knives

The Origin of Kukri Knives

It is said that kukri knives are irreplaceable helpers in almost every sphere of our life – on a campaign, in the kitchen, in battle.

History or Mystery?

The history of kukri knives is shrouded in mystery. Someone believes that knives with a reverse bend hit Nepal with the Mongols. Others see it as a merit of Alexander the Great. The third group considers the kukri to be the closest relative of the Turkish scimitar.

But very few people know that the real home of the best modern knives Khukhri is Germany. The fact is that in Nepal the ideal material for the manufacture of knives can be found. However, in the 19th century, for the same purposes, they used rails from India and also no one complained.


And in general, unlike the Japanese katana, Nepali khukuri has a much more popular “character.” It’s almost an ax, and unlike a sword is needed not only by a soldier in battle, but also by everyday peasant life. Such knives cut bamboo, clear trails in the jungle, cut the meat. The thickness of the butt is about 10mm, the weight is appropriate.

Pay attention to the figured notch at the base of the blade. It is called “cho” and is a long-standing stumbling block for connoisseurs of cold weapons. They invented a huge number of versions explaining the purpose of this element – fixing in the scabbard, capturing the knife of the enemy, the bloodstream. But the most plausible hypothesis is that such a recess protects the blade from the occurrence of cracks caused by high metal stress at cutting shocks on a solid target.

The Secret of Exclusivity

The whole secret of exclusivity, this type of weapon, lies in its reverse curvature of the blade and the cutting edge, sickle-shaped or S-shaped. Thanks to this, kukri, is best suited for applying the most powerful chopping blows.

The principle of blowing the blade of this knife is significantly different from the others due to the balance offset to its tip and the angle at which the cutting edge reaches the target. Physics is simple: when the blade is raised, potential energy is stored up the entire length of its cutting edge, and at the moment of lowering, this potential energy is converted into kinetic, also along the entire length. Due to this, the cutting process at each point takes place due to the stored local energy, and there is no need to transport energy along the entire cutting edge.

Kukri knives are so versatile. They can function as a smaller knife by using the narrower part of the blade, closest to the handle. The wider and heavier end of the blade, towards the tip, functions as an axe or a small shovel.