I have a personal interest in collecting knives and I love seeing the fine craftsmanship that goes into making handmade knives of all sorts, including the beautiful fixed blade knives called khukuris. I very recently had the opportunity to chat with one of today’s finest quality makers of khukuris, from Nepal, Ambar BK Khukurinepal, and had the pleasure of asking him several questions about the very cool-looking though potentially deadly (and very useful) khukuris he makes with two other people.

Ambar has been making khukuris for approximately 13 years, and his company is called Khukuri Craft Pvt. Ltd.  For anyone interested in purchasing one of his amazing utilitarian and gorgeous creations, he or she can just click on the previous highlighted link to go to his website and also see the variety of handle material, sizes, and types of sheaths available for purchase there. 21057080_339469689830716_33759126_o

Douglas R. Cobb: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview with me, Ambar! Khukuris have a long history and have been used for a variety of purposes, like in the military in Nepal, were they have proven to be very efficient and deadly. They can be used as machetes, also, and for hunting, which should interest deer and elk hunters, as well as others, in the United States. they can be even used for camping purposes, like chopping wood for fires and meat and vegetables to eat at meal times. What are some of the sizes of khukuris you and your team members make, Ambar?

Ambar: Anywhere from 4″ to 72″ in length. The 4″ khukuris have handles approximately 3″ long. Handle sizes vary with blade length, with the 8″ long blades, for instance, having handles that are 4.5″ long.

Douglas R. Cobb: What kinds of handle materials and steel do you use, Ambar, and what material is used in the sheaths?

Ambar: The handles are made using rosewood, water buffalo horn, other types of wood, aluminum. brass, or deer antlers, whatever the customer chooses, though the cost of the khukuri will vary, depending on the handle material chosen.  For the sheaths, customers can choose leather or water buffalo horn. The steel we use is high carbon leaf spring steel. 21040588_339484369829248_502241799_n

Douglas R. Cobb: How long does it take for you and your team to make a khukuri, Ambar? What Rockwell hardness are the blades when they are finished?

Ambar: The khukuris can take from around one day to make to about two days. The Rockwell hardness we do not test, but other people have tested it, and it is around 58 to  65.

Douglas R. Cobb: Are the khukuris constructed with full tangs, that is, with the metal part inserted into the haandles going the entire length of the handles?

Ambar: Yes, the tangs are full ones, and capped off at the end with what is called a “chhapri” here.

Douglas R. Cobb: I just have a couple more questions for you, Ambar! I am sure the taxes and shipping costs vary, depending on things like the weight of the khukuri and sheath shipped, but what is an example of what the shipping cost might be?

Ambar: That is correct, it varies, but more information is at my website. However, as an example, if the weight of a khukuri about 8″ long and sheath is a kilo, the shipping cost would be $25.

Douglas R. Cobb: Since the khukuris are shipped all the way from Nepal, that sounds reasonable.  Which of the khukuris you make would be good for deer hunters?

Ambar: Several types we make could be used to process a deer, but one example is below. 21015647_339478693163149_470611936_n

Douglas R. Cobb: It has been fascinating and informative talking with you, Ambar! I hope your company continues doing well, sir!