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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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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.
$149.95

Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Reproduction Scabbard

#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.
$199.95

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 blades are marked in Devangari script with the date of manufacture.

$149.95

Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Original Scabbard and 2 Knives

#401164
This antique traditional, hand-made Longleaf Kukri includes an original Old Scabbard and may include 2 small knives (while supplies last). Approx. 19 inches long. Fair Condition.
$189.95

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.

$114.95

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

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

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Victorian Era Nepalese Officer’s Kukri

Light weight knife with a deep fat belly, great tool. I assume by the overall fit an finish, a large amount were made in a rush. Looks aside the tool is well made, there are no cracks or fractures in this blade.
Reviewed by: Paul, August 14, 2021

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Reproduction Scabbard

Great kukri - this came in good condition, but a bit dirty.  There was no active rust, but there was corrosion from years of storage and two significant dents in the edge.  I spent about an hour working on it with a rust eraser and a whetstone and got it back to almost original condition, though the dents would need much more work to take out.  Mine had a wooden handle which is very solid and in fairly decent shape.  In hand it feels authoritative and "choppy" in a good way.  If you haven't handled a historic kukri before then they're very interesting and very utilitarian.

To be honest, it wouldn't be my first choice for outdoor usage, but it would definitely work in a pinch.  As a collector piece... it's really, really good.  This is a vintage or antique blade, and when you think about it, the dents in my blade just indicate that it saw use during the day.  More likely than not, someone trusted this blade with their life when they took it with them on an expedition.
Reviewed by: Michael, July 21, 2019

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Reproduction Scabbard

I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this ! It was all I could have wished for . The knife was beautiful  and the reproduction was really well made . The two small knife's were nicer than I thought they'd be . I had wanted this item for some time now and it was well worth the wait . Really , really please . Will be  wanting to buy other products form Atlanta cutlery in the future .
Reviewed by: shawn, March 24, 2019

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri with Reproduction Scabbard

Great piece of history. Knife is huge and scary. Love it.
Reviewed by: jacob, February 07, 2019

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri

Great shape and a non hand select!
Reviewed by: william, December 10, 2015

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri

I didn't take the "hand select" option because there was no sale price for that. I rolled the dice and paid the 69.00 Black Friday sale price. The Kukri came in a plastic bag and was covered in cosmoline (including the wooden handle). After some diligent scrubbing with fine steel wool and oil (and Murphy's Oil Soap for the handle) I revealed a beautiful and serviceable fighting knife that was over 100 years old and still sharp! I wish you provide a translation of the Devanagari script on the spine.
Reviewed by: Frederick, December 10, 2015

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri

Perfect condition except for some notches on the cutting edge, but I love that about it, that just shows its history. Wood handle was in excellent condition. No rust whatsoever.
Reviewed by: Donald, December 19, 2014

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri

This is an awesome Khukuri handmade from Nepal. Completely authentic. Plausibly of WWI to WWII period.
I requested this item to be hand selected. It came in incredibly good condition. It did required a bit of cleaning, that was expected, however in a short amount of time it's beauty shined forth.
With some reconditioning and sharpening the edge, this baby is reading and very capable to be used in the field or to be put on display.
I most definitely will purchase more of these fantastic Khukuri in the future.
Reviewed by: Timothy, November 04, 2014

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri

Wow!!  Paid for the hand select.  Item arrived well packaged.  I took out the kukri from the plastic that it was shipped in and the blade appeared to be entirely covered in an old cosmoline type protective (which is a good thing).  I soaked it in mineral spirits (for about one hour) and the blade had absolutely no rust on it!!  There was some discoloration and a small pit, but wow what a nice antique kukri.  Like many reviews on the internet have stated about these longleaf kukris, there was a crack in the handle.  But the handle is tight, and it's an antique- hey it's not supposed to be perfect!!  All in all a very impressive longleaf antique kukri in great condition (in better condition then the BhojPure kukri that I ordered -that was in relatively good condition).  Once again, thank you Atlanta Cutlery for a beautiful item!!
Reviewed by: Dan, June 19, 2013

Review of: Longleaf Traditional Antique Kukri

It is a crude design but still completly useable and in great condition.
Reviewed by: Mckinley, July 27, 2012