Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary


Khisā (खिसा) is the Nepali word for a small purse that was traditionally carried in the scabbard of a khukurī.1

The purse was usually used to hold tinder consisting of the bark of the sago palm, bamboo, or plantain. The tinder was called jhulo (झुलो), literally meaning "fiber".

Other items typically stored in the khukurī scabbard alongside the main knife are:

Karda (कर्द); a small utility knife.
Cakmak (चक्मक्); a fire striker / sharpening steel.


Kukri with scabbard

A fine mutiny era khukurī with the khisā shown removed from its scabbard, shown on top.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.



Further study

For a complete overview of khukurī terminology, see my article: A Nepalese khukurī glossary.


1. Sir Ralph Lilley Turner; A comparative and etymological dictionary of the Nepali language. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1931.

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Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.


Named so after the two ridges that are formed on the bi-fullered blade.


With engraved spine and unusual all brass pommel.


A 19th-century piece with a simple blade but nicely carved hilt.


Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.


With wide blade and a two-tone hilt in cattle bone and wood, capped with brass.