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Khukuri Making (Learning to make the Iconic Blade of Gurkhas)


The weapon of choice and icon of the Gurkha warriors, Khukuris are a symbol of pride and loyalty to Nepalis throughout the world. For long the khukuri has been the weapon of choice of the Nepalese Army, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, Assam Rifles, Assam Regiment of the Indian Gurkha Army – and Gurkha regiments all over the world. Not only is it traditionally used in acts of war and combat, but it also serves as an intrinsic part of ceremonial and presentation events. On occasions such as these, the khukuri used are of a more ornamental nature with scabbards that are ornate and feature workmanship wrought in gold and silver and handles made of ivory. Another version is the sacrificial khukuri which comes with a longer blade and a handle that allows for gripping with two hands and is used in sacrificial ceremonies during festivals. The khukuri is designed largely for chopping but it can also be used to stab. It is made from tempered steel, is slightly curved inward and sharp.

The khukuri is also used as a multi-utility tool in many Nepali households and here you will have the opportunity to make a mini version of the iconic blade under the watchful eye of a master blacksmith in his workshop.

Why you will love it

  • Interacting with a master blacksmith.
  • Experience the basic process of making the ironic blade in an authentic blacksmith workshop.
  • To take home your own, personally made Khukuri knife.

What you will experience

While the Gurkha khukuri is mostly renowned as a weapon of war, it is also a multi-utility tool in most Nepali households in the countryside where it is also used for chopping firewood, building, digging and even cutting vegetables. The khukuri comes in various sizes but for this workshop, you will be making a mini-version of this iconic blade. The basic process involves cutting/hammering a raw piece of iron into the proper shape, grinding the blade and making the wooden handle. The utilitarian khukuri features a handle made of wood or buffalo horn and the scabbard of wood and leather.

On Request | 4 hours | Art and Architecture


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