How to Use a Khukri Knife ?

Authentic Nepali Khukuri


We love to sell khukuri online because we value your khukuri dream that you have dreamt in your country.

You want to own it at one point of your life, and we work towards it by looking at your order and by aligning it with your needs and requirements.

We ask ourselves who knows about khukuri better than yourself in the world that is enhanced by the Internet.

Still, we think, we should tell you something about this blade you haven’t heard from the mouths of other people.

After all, we are the natives; we are the makers of khukuris.

Indeed, technology has advanced so much that the world has become small and created faith between us and you who live in another part of the world. 

Amidst the hypersonic missiles, the British Gurkhas, the Indian Gurkhas, and the Assam Rifles haven’t distanced themselves off from the khukuris.

Even today, they are taught how to use it while dancing, while they are on the battlefields?

You might not be one of them, but do you want to know how it is used?

But, first, you must learn every sentence of this sub-heading.

How to draw out khukuri

Khukuri is a friendly weapon, and you have to always keep in its case. Because it has a sharp edge. Precaution please…

When you want to take it out, grip the top part of the case with your hand, use another hand to grip the handle, and pull the handle.

After taking it out for slicing and cutting, keep the khukuri in its case again.

To do so, grip only the top part of the case, insert slowly the tip of the khukuri, and give a gentle push to the handle.

Keep pushing it till it is completely inside the case.

Do you want to know the know-how step involved in the making of this finest Gurkha blade?

Here it is.

The Built of Knife

The iron is heated in coal till it becomes red hot. It is then taken out from coal, using a long tool called tong. Then it is placed on an anvil.

Holding the iron with a long tong, the blacksmith holds the chisel with another tong and then he places the chisel on the iron.

His helper hammers the chisel so that the blacksmith can create the basic shape of a khukuri from the iron.

The outline or the mark (basic shape of a khukuri) should be deep enough so that the blacksmith can separate the khukuri from the rest of the iron later.

Eventually, this separation is done by pouring water on the mark and by hammering. 

Now, we have the rough shape of a khukuri.

The blacksmith again puts it in coal till it is red hot so that he can create the perfect shape of a khukuri by hammering both sides as well as by hammering the edges of a khukuri, and he checks the straightness of a khukuri this time. 

During this process, the tang section of a khukuri is also created that will fit rightly into a handle which is made either of buffalo’s horn or wood. 

The blacksmith keeps the khukuri away from the fire and lets it cool, and then he grinds the khukuri to create a sharp edge, holding it with a tong. It is at this time he makes a notch.

The handle of a khukuri and the tang section of a khukuri are connected by using adhesive. At that time, the tang section should be red hot.

Some handles have brass fixtures on the top as well as on the bottom. You will find this feature, especially in the British Gurkha army khukuri.

During grinding, the brown color turns into the new steel-colored khukuri.

This type of khukuri will last for 150 years or more.

Do you want to know how to use this type of khukuri?

Here it is.

How to Handle your khukuri

We make khukuri for slicing and cutting an object.

We don’t make it to strike against another person.

And we want to share the practical experience with you based on how our fathers and grandfathers used it in their daily life.

They used it to hold the handle of a khukuri just like you hold the handle of an axe.

We mean to say the holding of an axe with one hand.

When you want to cut the piece of wood, you should tilt your khukuri to create a certain angle and to get your work done without putting in a lot of effort.

Khukuri comes with 2 small knives, and they are the sharpeners of a khukuri.

Although they are the sharpeners, they don’t have a sharp edge.

When you want to sharpen your khukuri, the tip of your khukuri should touch the ground, while you should hold the handle with your hand.

Sharpening the khukuri is just like sharpening the knife on a stone.

In Nepal, the security guards carry khukuris in a way the westerner carries a gun.

You may not be a security guard; you may not be a westerner.

But we are sure you are one of those who want to know the performance of your khukuri.

Here it is.

How to slice

We would like to share what we have seen with our eyes for years in the villages and cities of Nepal.

Villagers and city dwellers use khukuri to cut goats.

Butchers use khukuri for slicing the meat of goat and pig in Nepal.

Khukuri can perfectly cut the bones of a goat at 4 or 5 strikes.

Whether they are the bones of a rib or leg or head.

Even at home, we use khukuri to slice the solid piece of meat just like you use a knife to slice an onion.

The top edge of the khukuri can make a deep cut and slice the meat of a pig and a goat in the most effective manner than any other cutting tools available in Nepal.

This feature also makes it easy for a butcher to make the desired cut of the bellies of goat or pig as well as to cut the internal organs of these animals one by one.

But when it comes to the peeling and cutting of vegetables, Nepalese prefer knives to khukuri.

Are you one of them?

Whatever it is, we believe your khukuri should go for year and year.

Here, we will teach you how do that?

What to Protect against khukuri

We have seen rusted khukuri in our lives in our homes in Nepal.

When we took out the khukuri from its case, it has some rust. And some have so much.

Because the khukuri is made of iron.

When you keep khukuri in its case for a long time, it will develop rust. Maybe this happens due to moisture.

Before you keep the khukuri in its case, you must wipe it with a piece of cloth. And you must use it if not daily then occasionally.


To prevent from rusting.

Nepalese usually use sandpaper to remove the rust.

Then they also use either mustard oil or soya bean or sunflower oil.

Nepalese also use steel wool to remove the rust.

But when you use sandpaper or steel wool, there will be a scratch mark on your khukuri.

This is really bad.

So the alternative to sandpaper or steel wool is grinding.

When we made your khukuri, it was a piece of rust iron in the beginning.

But now, we turned that rust to new steel-colored khukuri by grinding.

Isn’t that a magic?

How to maintain khukuri for a Long time

We are going to tell you what we have seen in our homes in villages.

We have seen the people using a khukuri and not putting it in its case.

We have sharpened our khukuri when it could not meet our expectations while cutting wood.

But we have never seen the case of a khukuri being damaged by weather inside our home.

Because we have used leather to make an outer cover.

But we have seen the case that has lost its ability to hold the khukuri tightly.

This has happened because the inner cover is made of wood.

In a rainy season, you have seen the expansion of a wooden window.

The same thing might have happened to your khukuri’s case.

If you are facing such a situation, then you should keep your khukuri’s case in the sunlight.

This will contract the case.

You know your khukuri is made of iron. So it contracts and expands, according to the temperature.

This is one of the reasons why the case of a khukuri becomes loose sometimes.

Do you still want to know about thing like this in the next paragraph?

Here it is.

How to take Care of it

We have seen the cracked handle of a khukuri in our life.

But the people still used it.

They didn’t think it was necessary to change.

They kept using it till the khukuri came out of a handle.

Today, we will teach you how to treat such a crack.

First, you must use a sharp small knife along the crack to make it enough big to fill the crack with sawdust.

Then mix the sawdust with super glue to make a paste.

Then put the paste in the crack.

You can level the paste with a small iron rod.

Later, you can use a soft cloth to give a finishing touch.

We know you love khukuri as much as we love to make it for you.

The Khukuri Stand

The khukuri stand is an important item to hold the magnificent khukuri knife.

The stand helps the knife stand in an erect position and makes your Gurkha blade look good especially when you are adding it as a collection.

There are varieties of kukri stand and we sell all of those.

Here is a big Bonus Point from us

We have seen the khukuri being stuck in its case because we did not use it for many years.

If you want to avoid this situation, then please follow the following instructions.

Put oil on both sides of a khukuri.

Roll it on a piece of cloth.

And keep it in an air-tight plastic bag.

Here, we have shared what we have seen in our lives, and we do hope our experience will help you to deal with the common problems of khukuri.