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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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Victorian Era Nepalese Officer’s Kukri

#750076
These Victorian Era kukri's were made by hand for the British Gurkha Regiments as their standard issue sidearm for Officer's.
$149.95

WWI Issue Vintage Kukri with Original Scabbard

#404196
This is a later and slightly smaller version of the traditional kukris.
$138.95

Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Reproduction Scabbard

#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.
$199.95

Wood Kukri Handle

#403096
$7.95

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

WWI Issue Vintage Kukri

#401104
This WWI Issue Vintage Kukri is a later and slightly smaller version of the traditional kukris. This does not come with a scabbard.
$98.95

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

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.
$114.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Reproduction Scabbard

Great kukri - this came in good condition, but a bit dirty.  There was no active rust, but there was corrosion from years of storage and two significant dents in the edge.  I spent about an hour working on it with a rust eraser and a whetstone and got it back to almost original condition, though the dents would need much more work to take out.  Mine had a wooden handle which is very solid and in fairly decent shape.  In hand it feels authoritative and "choppy" in a good way.  If you haven't handled a historic kukri before then they're very interesting and very utilitarian.

To be honest, it wouldn't be my first choice for outdoor usage, but it would definitely work in a pinch.  As a collector piece... it's really, really good.  This is a vintage or antique blade, and when you think about it, the dents in my blade just indicate that it saw use during the day.  More likely than not, someone trusted this blade with their life when they took it with them on an expedition.
Reviewed by: Michael, July 21, 2019

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Reproduction Scabbard

I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this ! It was all I could have wished for . The knife was beautiful  and the reproduction was really well made . The two small knife's were nicer than I thought they'd be . I had wanted this item for some time now and it was well worth the wait . Really , really please . Will be  wanting to buy other products form Atlanta cutlery in the future .
Reviewed by: shawn, March 24, 2019

Review of: Wood Kukri Handle

I have a few old kukri blades that needed restoration. These old handle blanks are the correct start in my restorations.  Proper original old wood, pre-formed and ready for further minimal sculpting and fitting has worked for me. I now have authentic blades repaired with authentic old parts!
Reviewed by: David, February 08, 2019

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Reproduction Scabbard

Great piece of history. Knife is huge and scary. Love it.
Reviewed by: jacob, February 07, 2019

Review of: WWI Issue Vintage Kukri with Original Scabbard

Very satisfied  
It's in very good condition , I might order next one soon thanks.
Reviewed by: , July 28, 2017

Review of: Wood Kukri Handle

It's in pretty good shape. It's definitely worth $8. I haven't done anything with it yet but I'm sure when I sand it and put linseed oil on it, it will look really good.
Reviewed by: , July 15, 2017

Review of: Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

The blade was in great shape and well protected in grease.  Once it was cleaned up I took a file to the edge checking the temper.  The spine is soft and the edge was very hard, perfect for a big chopper.  The next few days were spent mounting it on a horn handle and making a leather sheath.  After putting a shaving sharp convex edge on the blade (which didn't take much) it was ready to go.  Oak, Hickory and Elm have been getting cleared off of our property ever since, the edge still shaves!
Reviewed by: , May 11, 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: Wood Kukri Handle

Handle looks great, I am fitting it on to the original blade I bought
Reviewed by: philip, March 06, 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