Khukuri – Handmade in Nepal
At the 2017 Blade Show, I was shown khukuris made in Nepal that were ground with true fullers like I had seen so many years ago. The individual who is our source worked on this design for seven years, traveling to Nepal to talk with the elders about what the Gurkha were using 100 years ago. From the descriptions, a design was developed reminisent of khukuris made famous by the Gurkhas of Old. They are hand ground and finished in Nepal to those ancient standards.
The 12" blade is hand forged 5160 carbon steel sourced from used leaf springs, at about 58 Rc. The North Indian Rosewood handles are traditional in both shape and material and are fastened to the tang with copper rivets. There are two smaller knives/tools stored in pockets in the sheath. This is also traditional.
Because of the unique blade shape, it is important that you remember to press the back of the blade aginst the back of the sheath when drawing or returning the blade from or to the sheath to keep a sharp edge and not cut the sheath. Measures 16-7/8" overall. Knife weighs 10.4 oz. In the sheath with the two small tools, weighs 1 lb. 2.3 oz. Handmade in Nepal.