I’m krazy over kukri! One of the many reasons I visited Nepal was because of their national weapon, the kukri (also spelled as khukuri or kukuri). The Gurkhas (Nepalese soldiers) have been using these blades since the Gurkha war.
“If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.”
Kukris are virtually everywhere, dotting the mad streets of Kathmandu–from sidewalk vendors to boutique stores. You can find them in different designs, materials used, lengths/sizes etc.
However, this half moon-shaped blade won my heart, the khurmi. It’s the lady version of the kukri. It was said that Nepalese village women use the khurmi for various household chores like cutting grasses, wood and even vegetables. Of course, they also use it for self-protection. Cool!
There are also kukri-inspired souvenirs that you can buy for your loved ones back home like letter openers, pins, and of course, key rings.
I bought kukri key rings from Ex-Gurkha Khukhuri House along Thamel in Kathmandu. The manager gave me 50% discount because it was Diwali (Festival of Lights) celebration at the time. Woohoo! So, I highly recommend them.
Interesting trivia from the ever trusty Wikipedia: In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jonathan Harker used a kukri knife to slash Count Dracula’s throat, while Quincey Morris stabbed him in the heart using a Bowie knife.
Enough kukri geek-ry for now! Do you have anything to add? Let me know in the comment section below. Cheers! 😉