Dragon:: This is so called because of the dragon carving in the blade. The kukri is beautifully carved with dragons on both sides to show more craftsmanship in the blade; however the dragon carving does not have any significant meaning. A kukri like this is more a decorative piece than a working tool although can be used if needed. Makers particularly the “Newars” of Kathmandu who have ancient ties and involvement into carving and sculpture culture do the “Dragon” carving in the khukuri blade to display their skill and exhibit their excellent art handed down since generations. Dragon design is simply done to comply with the elongated shape of the kukri blade. The elongated shape of the Dragon follows through the panel of the kukri blade and finishes giving a suiting and soothing look to the blade. Dragon does not hold any special meaning, it is just a display of skill of the carver and to make the khukuri a fine work of art as a whole. All carvings are done by hand using only basic tools. It takes about 5-7 hours to get a dragon done in a standard sized blade.
Khukuri: Bhojpur, a far eastern hilly village of Nepal where farming is the prime source of livelihood is famous for its khukuris (Local Production) since man first knew kukri. This ancient village produces number of khukuris of various types but its proto type named after the village itself “the BhojPure” introduced about a century ago is the most famous of all. Farmers used it and still use it to accomplish their daily domestic and livelihood activities that require cutting and hacking. It is more than just a cutting knife for a farmer- in fact its his partner and his safe keeper. BhojPure because it is old and treasured khukuri has its own traditional and religions values in Nepalese culture. It is believed that a BhojPur khukuri would bring good fortune and prosperity when kept at home, it would also safe guard a home from evil and Satan spirits, would help a man sleep well when kept under his pillow, a bridegroom carries his ancestral BhojPure khukuri in his sash during marriage ceremony to represent his entire family and some typical families discard a BhojPure khukuri belonging to the dead man in his last rite believing it would scare away all evil spirits and take its master to heaven. All most all Nepalese keep the BhojPure kukri at home primarily because of these above beliefs.
A Bhojpure khukuri is fatter and heavier than the standard army knives. The blade is also made thicker to ease and quicken the cutting action. Since it is basically a cutting knife it is kept/made very simple. BhojPure these days are the modernized version of its older counterparts. They have been better finished to give better look and appeal.
A BhojPure is an outstanding working knife that can be also be used in rough condition. It also makes an excellent and unique gift since the knife is historic, iconic and has religious values.
Heartily loved by all Nepalese..
Materials / Features:
Water buffalo leather scabbard, rosewood handle, 2 x small knives