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Antique knives, antique kukris have had a few spellings, most common are kukri and khukuri, but basically it’s a mid-length curved knife comprising a distinctive Cho (notch) that is the national knife of Nepal. This shape is believed to have existed 2500 years ago; the Kopis used by the Greeks is the probable source of its design. In our modern times the kukri really came to prominence outside Nepal with the Nepal War in 1814-15 after the formation of British Gurkha Army. It was carried in a wood sheath covered in leather, most having a wooden grip or horn and traditionally having two small knives (one small knife for chores and the other left unsharpened for flint striking and to knock burrs from the main blade), it is one of the most famous and feared knives of the world. 

To some the most appealing and distinctive part of the kukri is the notch or Cho cut into the blade directly in front of the grip near its base. Its unique shape and utility objectives have been the source of much debate. The notch works as a blood stop to prevent fluid from going towards the handle so that a good grip can be maintained. Additionally it was to stop the sharpener when in use from reaching the handle. Religiously it signifies the Hindu fertility symbol (OM) and represents the sacred cows hoof. 

What is true is that all traditional kukri’s carry this notch. You can buy original kukri's from the arsenal of the Royal Nepalese Army as well as find modern day versions and machetes online at Atlanta Cutlery. Historic in every sense of the word, you have the rare opportunity to own a legendary antique Nepalese kukri since originally issued to Gurkha soldiers over a century ago. Discovered in the Royal Palace of Lagan Silekhana in Kathmandu they are real military treasures of a bygone era.

Learn more about the ancient Kukri in our learning center.

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BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

#401126
These original battle kukri’s were made prior to 1890. Each kukri is hand made; the steel was smelted, forged, shaped and hammered in Nepal by individual Kamis. Approx. 17" long, 2-1/2" wide, 3/8" thick.
$99.95

Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

#403094
These original battle Kukri blades were hand made prior to 1890. Blade only without the handle or scabbard. Approx. 17" long.
$48.95

BhojPure Traditional Kukri with Old Scabbard

#401166
The original BhojPure battle Kukri’s were made prior to 1890 and was popular among Nepalese because it brings good fortune and prosperity. This comes complete with original scabbard and 2 small Kukri knives. Approx. 17 inches long.
$139.95

Gurkha Officer's Patch Knife

#402042
This hand forged antique has a genuine horn handle and dates from the 1800s. They are generally 7-3/4" long with 3-1/4" blades and solid brass furniture. Generally good condition.
$22.50

Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri

#401124
This Longleaf battle kukri has a straighter spine and longer blade than Bhojpure, and in the skilled hands of the Gurkha it became a frightening weapon indeed. These have all seen service with both the Nepali military and the British Army. All of the blades are marked in Devangari script with the date of manufacture.
$149.95

Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Old Scabbard and 2 Knives

#401164
This antique traditional, hand-made Longleaf Kukri includes an original Old Scabbard with 2 small knives. Approx. 19 inches long. Fair Condition.
$189.95

Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Reproduction Scabbard, 2 Knives

#403579
This longleaf kukri was made for war. It has a straighter spine and longer blade than bhojpure. It comes with new scabbard made of wood and covered in leather. Includes 2 small kukri knives that mount in the auxillary pouch on the back of the scabbard.
$169.95

Longleaf Traditional Kukri Blade

#403093
These original battle kukri blades were made prior to 1890. Some were made much earlier, but it’s difficult to determine the exact date. Each kukri is hand made; the steel was smelted, forged, shaped and hammered in Nepal by individual Kamis. Blade only - without the handle or scabbard.
$48.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

A knife loses its ability to capture your soul if it  dulls and rusts.Clean it up and you'll be happy with this knife
Reviewed by: Robert, February 06, 2017

Review of: Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

Last one I purchased Came out beautiful. Definitely an old combat used Kukri. Under the cosmolene & rust it was stamped in ancient Sanskrit. Sent a photo to a knife maker in Napol who was able to have it translated for me. It now has a beautiful antler handle and is very impressive. Thanks
Reviewed by: James, April 07, 2016

Review of: BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

Excellent piece; the Bhojpure was even better than I expected.  Delivery was quick, packaging was well-padded and secure.
Reviewed by: ken, February 01, 2016

Review of: Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

Ordered one of these handless Blades.  It came well packed in a packetwith grease and all. After cleaning it is a nice blade (No handle)
Reviewed by: David, October 12, 2015

Review of: BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

Pretty much as described. Was coated in grease.  Had a very small nick on blade. A very wonderful item. looking at ordering more new ones.
Reviewed by: Timothy, December 23, 2014

Review of: BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

Excellent value!
Reviewed by: Horace, December 19, 2014

Review of: BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

Beautiful historic Khukuri. Everything I expected. Already ordered more. Very pleased.
Reviewed by: Timothy, December 19, 2014

Review of: BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

My Nepal knife arrived today Wow What a weapon! Cleaned up great even found traces of ID on Handle heal.
Reviewed by: David, December 03, 2014

Review of: BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

I paid extra for the hand select.  Knowing that these have been for sale since 2003-2004 I was concerned on what condition the kukri would be in.  I received the item in a timely manner and it was well packaged.  Knowing that this kukri is very old and an antique; yes-there were rust spots on the blade, yes-there was some small pitting on parts of the blade.  No-the blade was not bent; No-the blade was not chipped and neither was the point broken.  I submerged the entire kukri in mineral spirits for about 30 minutes.  I then took bronze and steel brushes, some medium to fine grit emery cloth, steel wool, and bronze scrub pads and cleaned up the blade and the metal part attaching the blade to the handle.  All this took about 4-5 hours.  What it turned out to be is a very nice display piece.  I'm sure if I wanted to use it, this kukri would work perfectly as it sharpened up very well.  All in all I am quite satisfied with this beautiful antique kukri!  Thank you Atlanta Cutlery!
Reviewed by: Dan, June 11, 2013

Review of: BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

Got my second one in July 4th sale. Very nice shape! Guess I have a "collection" now with 5 total! Look impressive as a group.
Reviewed by: Franklin, July 13, 2011