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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

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 $24.95

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
$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

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

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Kukri Blade

As some of the other reviews mention, my longleaf came covered in old grease and dirt. However, some de-greaser and a wire wheel brought it back to life very quickly. Lots of dings, hammer marks, and other signs of use, but the blade was remarkably sharp considering the age. Got it to paper cutting sharpness quickly. I'm looking forward to fitting a custom handle and making a new scabbard!
Reviewed by: Jon, January 08, 2019

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Kukri Blade

For the age they are in great shape  and with a little oil now and again i think these blades will way out last me by an EZ 100 years or more.  I used a polishing stone to sharpen the edge back into shape. and now it cuts just like when it was new. looking for camel bone to make handle out of,  to have an old ivory look to it. , all in all a great project knife.
Reviewed by: christopher, December 26, 2018

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Old Scabbard and 2 Knives

Item was in good condition and original as described.
Reviewed by: Joe, December 23, 2018

Review of: Gurkha Officer's Patch Knife

The knives are as described and part of the history of the palace armory at a fair price.
Reviewed by: Joe, December 02, 2018

Review of: Original 1800s Patch Knife

Knives were just as described and will go with the rest of the items I have from the palace armory.
Reviewed by: Joe, December 02, 2018

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Old Scabbard and 2 Knives

Truly amazing knives, the previous reviews say it all.
Reviewed by: Dan, September 17, 2018

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Old Scabbard and 2 Knives

The kukri I purchased is definitely well used and old as hell but still very usable. I was so happy with it, I bought another one.
Reviewed by: Dan, September 13, 2018

Review of: Original 1800s Patch Knife

bought two, had the professionally sharpened, excellent edge, very unique metal, can see the forging marks, love these knifes
Reviewed by: David, September 05, 2017

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri

I selected the "Hand Selected" option.  It is beautiful.  Great patina, and blood on the blade! Nicks and marks of use (not on the cutting edge and just add character).  This thing is beautiful.  Handle is tight, and perfect with no flaws.  Mine came sharp, and slightly dirty.  It is a giant, and a beast.  Wonderful piece.  I ordered a new scabbard separately and it is very nice also came with the 2 knives for sharpening and fire starting (Supposedly).  I am surprised at how nice this is and would definitely order another.  Great bargain and history.
Reviewed by: david, August 18, 2017

Review of: WWI Issue Vintage Kukri with Old Scabbard

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