Care of your Khukuri Knife
After your purchase a Khukuri Knife, here are a few things to do and be aware
of to keep yourself and the knife in good condition.
Removal from the Scabbard
When removing the Khukuri knife don’t hold the scabbard with your whole hand
as this can cause injury. Only hold the upper edge of the scabbard with your
palm and fingers and draw the knife out slowly. When the knife is new, you may
need to rock it to get it to move. Replacing into the Scabbard Hold the scabbard
the same way when the knife is replaced. Again you may need to rock the knife
to get it to move.
Apply sewing machine oil or gun oil to the blade at least once
a month and again after each use. Try not to leave fingerprints on the blade
as these may rust. If rust develops on the blade, rub it off with a non metal
scouring pad or steel wool, wipe it with a clean cloth and apply oil. Maintain
the leather case by using shoe polish or nutural dubbin on the leather and Brasso
for the brass fittings. Excessive exposure of the Khukuri scabbard to the sun
may cause it to shrink and make the blade difficult to insert. This can be minimised
by keeping the knife in the scabbard as much as possible. Using the
blade on metal or stone surfaces should be avoided.
What are the two small knives?
Most Khukuri knives come with two small knives in the back of scabbard.
The small knife with a sharp edge is called the "karda"
and is used for skinning. The other dull knife is the "chakmak" or sharpener.
The traditional method of sharpening a Khukuri is done by running the chakmak
along the edge of the Khukuri from one end to the other. Both sides of the blunt
“chakmak” can be used to sharpen the blade.
How this can sharpen the blade?
You’re not exactly sharpening the blade, but
realigning the sharp edge of the blade which is now facing the wrong direction,
once this has been done you will notice the difference. When you want to sharpen
the blade properly, use a sharpening stone. This is more effective after the
edge has been realigned using the "chakmak”.
The notch on the edge of the blade close to the handle is called
“Kaudi” in traditional Nepalese terms or “blood dripper”. It stops the blood
or any liquid from flowing onto the handle so you can maintain your grip. It
is also kept as an obstruction while sharpening the blade with the “chakmak”
(not letting it come to the handle.) The Khukuri notch is also the Hindu symbol
If you are using the knife for display purposes give consideration
to the following;
• Keep out of the reach of children.
• Display in an area where it can not fall or injure others.
• If the knife is supplied with a wood stand use wood glue during assembly to
give it more strength and stability.
• Don’t display the knife on the floor where it can be tripped over.
• Clean and maintain on a regular basis, it will look much better.
• Keep oil on the blade to prevent rust.
• Don’t touch the blade once it has been oiled or it may rust.