sword (weapons: edged)

Nepalese kukri of the type called sirupati (seerpat). This example has an elegantly shaped slender single edge blade, and a wooden hilt carved with a band of foliage. At the root of the blade is a small cut-out called the kauri(also cho) the meaning of which is greatly disputed. This particular shape of kukriis said to come from Western Nepal, and to have been made by the Gurungs, Tamangs and Chhetris.


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