Half bone hilted khukuri
Overall length

41 cm

Blade length

31.5 cm

Blade thickness

Base 10 mm

Middle 9 mm

5 cm from tip 6 mm

Blade width

Narrowest at base 30 mm

Widest at belly 58.5 mm

Weight without scabbard

568 grams

Point of balance

12 cm from hilt

Materials

Iron, steel, wood, bone, leather, plant fiber thread

Origin

Nepal

Dating

Early 20th century

Provenance

Ex John Powell collection.

Price €375, -

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Description

A good old khukurī with a relatively broad blade also known as budhune khukri ( बुधुने खुक्रि).

Blade of the usual classic shape with two narrow grooves running long the spine at the base, and a ridged back. The "flats" of the main blade are subtly hollow-ground, thickening somewhat both at the spine as well as at the secondary bevel that leads to the edge. Blade in decent condition, but with a depression in the "sweet spot" of the belly, a result of repeated sharpening of this area.

The hilt has an iron bolster and the grip is made of wood and cattle bone, both in high polish. The pommel narrows and then flares out dramatically, a shape seen from the late 19th century onwards and which become almost the norm during the 20th century.

The pommel is capped with brass sheet, secured with a screw. The plate is meant to protect the delicate edges of the flaring wooden pommel, but did not succeed in doing so: There are bends to the plate and chips to the pommel edge.

It comes complete in its original scabbard, made of wood and covered in fine grained black leather. It retains all the pockets on the back, but none of its contents. It has an iron chape. There is a split at the top end of the scabbard, see photos.

 

Photo of a Nepalese family, 1880s

Photo of a Nepalese family. Photographer unknown. 1880s.
Notice his khukurī with similarly flaring pommel.

 

 

A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri
A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri
A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri
A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri
A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri
A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri
A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri
A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri
A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri
A half bone hilted bhudune khukuri

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