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Khukuri Handling

Handling of your Khukuri has always been one of the most most commonly overlooked aspects of the khukuri knife owner.. GKHI helps few simple techniques to hand your khukuri properly and long lasting. Khukuri Knife is a simple tool and in the hands of a “Gurkhas”, a devastating weapon. Khukuri can’t be made safe or inon functional. Not only can the khukuri be dangerous to opponent or enemy, but to the person who wields it. So safety measure much be taken to hand it properly.   The following  pictures will help to illustrate the techniques of griping , drawing, Sheathed, Storing, Cleaning, Sharpening.


Grip the khukuri firmly forward the blade oppose the little finger. This is the predominant grip technique. Because it is traditional, it feels the most comfortable to most people.  The fingers are wrapped around and under the belly of the handle, and the thumb is wrapped around the handle and in contact with the forefinger. The knife assumes a blade point angled up position when the wrist is locked and square.


Always keep the khukuri properly sheathed, in a well-fit sheath that is firm enough to prevent it from getting damaged. It’s important to both sheathe and unsheathe the khukuri correctly in order to prevent  injury. When unsheathing the khukuri, grip the upper edge  wrapped part of the scabbard with one hand  firmly and stretched out, and the handle with the other. Use your thumb to edge the guard away from the scabbard until you break friction.


Store the khukuri  horizontally or vertically according to you convenience. The correct way to do this is to use a khukuri stand. The stand keeps the khukuri properly balanced and protects the blade from damage caused by stress or by falling from its position.

Cleaning and Lubrication

Clean the blade. It’s best to use a blade cleaning kit for this, but it’s not essential. It important to keep your edged tools cleaned and lubricated. Carefully clean the blade of residual oil with a piece of rice paper. It is important to store  khukuri in a cool, dry, air conditioned environment. It is not really a lot of work to maintain a khukuri, just use your best judgement for most things.


One of the most important aspects of preventative maintenance is sharpening. Sharpening is literally an art form and to do it like the professionals it would take years to develop those types of skills. But, for the amateur there are a number of sharpening devices available today from which to choose  like electric sharpeners.  The classical hand-held sharpening stone is readily available, a low-tech, low cost solution and is easy to use. The key to any sharpening system is the angle. The sharper the angle the sharper the knife will be. You have to know what angle the blade has before you try to sharpen it, or else you could just make it duller. Typical angles are 35° and 40°.