Best Fighting Khukuri

I bet Bura can make an 18th century model with a strong tip with out hatch marks. Great fighter khukuri in my opinion.
As a complete novice, I wondered about this. Also wondered how much difference your style makes- If somebody's used to fighting with axes, sabers, or two-handed swords I'd guess it would be different than if you're used to 5" knives; or maybe a khukuri has a natural fighting style and there are one or two most suited for that. Can anybody comment on that, too?

Well, the Ghorkhas seem to do all right with a knife that is essentially the BAS.
I like my Gelbu Special. 19", the deep fuller gives the thick blade a lot of speed, at no expense of strength.
The khukhri is a saber, not a stabber. But the Gelbu seems better-suited to limited point work than most designs, while remaining an outstanding chopper. A nice compromise.
For a 'concealed carry' weapon, the neat Dhankuta (sp?), or the 12" or even 15" Sirupati might work better than the much bulkier Gelbu. A different sheath than the standard one would be a must here, IMO.


The sword cannot cut itself, the eye cannot see itself.

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While a 20" Sirupati fits someone the size of T-Bone it's to big for a short old fat man like me. I prefer my little 15" Sirupati or if where I need to carry one more un-noticed the little 12" Balance Model.
And I used to think my CS Trailmaster was to big to be carried un-noticed, but a lot of people think the smaller khukuris are cute or exotic where the CS Trailmaster is a big scary knife.

Edited for spelling.



Indin word for lousy hunter.

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The nastiest khuk I have, I don't carry, and it's only a 12". Remember the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" with Audrey the blood sucking plant going "... feed me! FEED ME!!!"?

I had 3 12" Sirupatis and two 12" AK's. None of the other four want blood.
Bro have you ever stopped to think it didn't get its share of blood when the khukuris were blessed?
Perhaps a small nick on the thumb with a prayer would loose that spirit it has, of course unless you prefer it the way it is.



Indin word for lousy hunter.
I don't know about the best fighting khukuri, but I prefer the Malla as my home defense blade.
Not straggle too far away from the topic,
but; I too once had a blade with a malevolent
resident spirit. Perhaps I sensed this and thats why I bought it? Still not sure?It was a traditional style tanto,4" handle area,8" blade. It had been forged in Japan and was
being sold by a knife supply/wholesaler.
It came with no handle. I spent almost two weeks tying a a series of interconnected Turk's head knots onto it to form an superb and comfortable grip. About four days into
tying those tight knots the sharp blade fell point first only a few inches downward. That was enough for it go almost 1" into my thigh.
Involuntary muscle contraction/blood followed immediately! I told almost no one about this.
However even those who did not know would
comment how "wicked" the blade felt in their
hands. A few years ago, I parted ways with
that blade. Took back what I had given it
and left it with what it came.
I don't know exactly which Khukuri I would
choose for mortal combat, but if the blade
harbored one of these spirits then I would
think it would seek out your opponents blood almost by itself.
I like a few,a GS,A WW2,BAS,OR 18"SIRIP(OK THAT'S MORE THAN A FEW)!Any K will do in the right hands!Had breakfast with another MA friend,Prof.Rick Hernandez,talked K's showed him my truck K!It was a pleasure watching him work with a K!
My vote goes to the UBE for this type of application, hands down. As Khukman can verify, the balance on these babies is nothing short of magical! All the hacking, chopping and slashing power of a GS or heavy duty WWII, but can stab and do terrible damage with a forward thrust if required.

My $.02. Have I ever been in mortal combat with a knife? No, but if I could know beforehand that I was going to be in a knife fight, that's the khukuri I would pick. Note I said "knife fight." I wouldn't want to bring a knife to a sword fight, or bring a sword to a gun fight, for that matter. But something in your hands is better than nothing.

Interesting thread.

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Jay H-

In the FAQ somewhere (someone may be able to point it out), someone posted his results test cutting with the whole Sirupati family against a tatami-man target. Anybody on the thread who hasn't seen it might find it interesting.

Has anyone ever put the Kobra (or anything else) through a similar test?

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I was just wondering about the WWII. I
can see where the BAS would be considered
a secondary weapon/tool these days. Thus accounting for it's size, wt. and shape.
But what about 60 yrs. ago? Why did the
Kamis of that era choose that particular
size and style of Khukuri versus, say, a
longer, lighter and more agile Sirupati.
Was their choice also a compromise between weapon and tool do you think? Or was there
a combat proven reason? Especially if it
would be true(?)that Nepalese tradition and
customs would have been perhaps more intact
then and less influenced by others.
Your thoughts gentlemen...
I think there could be a number of reasons they chose what they did,culture,extra length etc. Remember at that time most carried swords or weapons with reach! Remember also,these guys are on the small side so extra had to help! Even today some carry WW2's,OR HAND ME DOWNS(from grandfather to father etc.)& I'm sure some carry BAS'S!It'S WHAT THEY GREW UP WITH & LIKE!What I carry & like might(probably is)be diff. than Yvsa, Koz, & Rus but they"ALL" work!
That is a good point Jim. I am a bigger guy, I carry bigger knives than say Yvsa, or maybe Rusty, I still wouldn't pick a fight with anybody wielding a Kukhri.
Yeah you gotta watch them little guys. A Big old friend of mine about 280 and 6'4" saw an incident at a bar one night when driving home
between a little guy and one about his size.
Ted stopped to help the little guy who was armed with a short bladed pocket knife. That pissed the little guy off and he went after Ted.
He was a fast little ba*tard too as Ted wound up having almost 100 stitches in his back and the ER bill to go with them to add insult to injury.
Ted's advice? Never stop to help a little guy!!!!

Can you imagine what it might have been like if the little guy had been a Ghorka armed with an 18" Sirupati?!?!?!?!?



Indin word for lousy hunter.