Originally Posted by DrGonzo11
Any Kukri experts out there??? I've got a really cool antique I'd like to get some info if possible. I'll post a pic if anyone can help.
1st Rule: If you pull it, you MUST
draw blood. That means cutting yourself if no one else is around (it was a way for the Nepalese to keep folks from playing around with them; kind of like our rules about drawing a firearm - draw only to shoot, shoot only to kill).
2nd Rule: Use is primarily with an upward diagonal slash, with the option of a downward follow-through.
an expert, but I own one. Given the nature of the item, most are probably made for tourists, not for actual use (they are still issued as by the Nepalese, similar to a bayonet).
Look for a Nepalese website (I'm sure there are one or two) and contact them with a picture. They may have markings distinct to regions or villages, indicating where it may have been made.
They would have been used by the Khatri Chetri
, the warrior caste/clan of the Nepalese. They may use the initials "KC" after one's name to indicate their clan membership. Sherpa
is another such clan; those who live in the high mountain valleys, mostly farmers and herders. They took on the jobs of aiding mountaineers at the beginning of the 20th century; there wasn't a tradition of climbing before that.
The most famous of the KC in recent times was Col. Madan KC
, the helicopter pilot who rescued Makalu Gau and Beck Weathers
from high off Everest in 1996 (much higher than most thought a helicopter could fly).