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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

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

Original 1800s Patch Knife

#401788
Rare original 1800s Nepalese Patch Knives. These hand forged antiques have genuine stag handles and were probably carried in kukri pouches by the Royal Guard. They are generally 6-1/2" to 7-1/2" overall, with blades ranging from 2-3/4" to 3-1/4". Good condition.
From $30.00

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

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: WWI Issue Vintage Kukri with Original Scabbard

5/5. This was shipped out promptly, and easily exceeded my expectations! The item was packed well and was in very good condition upon arrival. I will be a continuing customer.
Reviewed by: Wesley, July 09, 2021

Review of: WWI Issue Vintage Kukri with Original Scabbard

I ordered a hand-selected WW I Kukri with original sheath and was pleasantly surprised to receive a kukri that exceeded my expectations.  The blade is in outstanding condition and still has an edge.  The grip has a few chips and well worn from use but in good shape. The sheath is also well worn and the leather is in need of conditioning but fully intact and functional.  Very happy with my purchase!
Reviewed by: John, July 01, 2021

Review of: Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

very nice antique blade with a great patina ! have`nt paired it up with a handle yet , but it should turn out great !  and the price was very good !
Reviewed by: joseph, June 29, 2021

Review of: Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

Very nice kukri blade.  Came in a plastic bag with cosmoline on the blade.  Also had taped protection for the tang and point.  Came with a copy of a letter dated 2003 from the Royal Nepaese Army stating how the items were sold to Atlanta Cutlery and IMA.  The blade had some rust spots on it (which is to be expected).  It cleaned up well with some mineral spirts and a brass wire brush.  Of course, couldn't work all the rust spots out of the blade, but again that is to be expected.  A nice display piece !!
Reviewed by: Dan, June 08, 2021

Review of: Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

I love the kukri and not having a handle or sheth was perfect for me because I make both as a hobby
Reviewed by: Joseph, May 07, 2021

Review of: WWI Issue Vintage Kukri with Original Scabbard

I have many of the Victorian Era Kukri. Quite a few I purchased from Atlanta Cutlery. I alway request hand selected. I have never been disappointed with the Kukri I received. I purchased this complete WW1 Kukri and scabbard kit, hand selected. This was one of the very best antique khukuri I have received thus far. The blade was in excellent condition with no chips or rolls and was sharp! . . . I mean paper slicing sharp. I highly recommend purchasing one of these before they are gone. . . By the way, I bought two more. Thank you ACC
Reviewed by: Timothy, April 19, 2021

Review of: Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

Perfect blade the real deal !!!!!!!!! (also from historical point of view) strong and heavy
Reviewed by: Anastas, January 14, 2021

Review of: Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

I bought one of the bjojpure blades and combined it with a WW1 brass knucks trench knife handle. Awsome weapon. The blade was beautiful under the grease. I'm buying more before they are gone forever,
Timothy Childs  Co. C 40th Va. Infantry CSA
Reviewed by: Timothy, June 04, 2020

Review of: Bhojpure Traditional Kukri Blade

I bought this bojpure blade along with a longleaf blade. This bojpure is over an inch longer than the longleaf, and has a broader blade. It is about two inches longer than my modern production, traditional style kukri and has a much broader blade. It is far more imposing as a weapon. It is also made of a vastly tougher grade of steel. Harder than any weapon in my collection. I did not pay for hand selection, and this blade is in rough condition. The edge looks to have suffered major damage at some point and was crudely repaired. The tip is broken off. None of this detracts from this beautiful antique. I have attached a custom handle. I am leaving the heavy patina intact and will touch up the edge so that it will continue to live on as a fearsome weapon.
Reviewed by: Jonathan, March 31, 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