Antique Knives

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.

  • Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri

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    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...
    $149.95
  • Victorian Era Nepalese Officer’s Kukri

    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.  From the design we would date these Nepalese Officer's Kukri's from around the early 1900's. These Victorian Era kukri's...
    $149.95
  • Gurkha Officer's Patch Knife

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    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.  This original 1800's Gurkha Officer Patch Knife saw it's height of...
    $24.95
  • Original 1800s Patch Knife

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    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...
    $34.95
  • BhojPure Traditional Kukri with Original Scabbard

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    BhojPure Traditional Kukri with Original 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.  These original...
    $139.95
  • BhojPure Traditional Antique Kukri

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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.  These original battle kukris were made...
    $114.95

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