Ex Gurkha Khukuri House, Kathmandu

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3.7/5 based on 10+ reviews on the web
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  • I told the salesperson (politely) that I felt the khukuri he was offering me was overpriced for the quality and he pretty much told me to get lost and buy somewhere else. I said I would. You aren't go...  read more »
  • I bought 3 kukuris of Ex Gurkha shop Thanks Mr.Ramesh , we had good deal with him and gave us good price So we didn't need to go another shops I directly went to him shop Ramesh explained all things a...  read more »
  • I had my first in-person experience purchase experience in Kathmandu recently, and dealt with Mr. Himal Giri. I must say that it was a totally pleasant experience. He was friendly, accommodating and n...  read more »
  • If you’re planning to visit Katmandu, you really should include the Ex-Gurkha Khukuri House in your list of things to see. You may not know what a khukuri is – it’s an unusual knife, unique to Nepal, and quite famous for being the signature weapon of Britain’s elite Nepalese troops, the Gurkhas. Gurkhas have served in the British armed forces thanks to a unique arrangement made almost 200 years ago: Crack British East India Company troops encountered them in battle, and wisely decided that they never, EVER wanted to encounter them as enemies again, and wisely made a treaty. The Gurkhas have served them with great loyalty and near superhuman courage, ever since. Stories abound world-wide regarding the fighting skills of these born warriors. They are known especially for their iconic knife, the khukuri. With it, lone Gurkhas have been known to dispatch or route as many as 40 enemies, single-handedly; and no, this is not folklore, there are documented accounts of these feats. A little known fact, however, is that this unique knife has been active on the world’s battlefields since the time of Alexander the Great. Actually, historians don’t know if Alexander’s cavalry brought the khukuri to Nepal, or if they encountered it in Nepal, recognized the formidable advantage it provided, and adopted it as their own. But in any case, what that means is that the khukuri has been a battle weapon in continuous use for some 2,500 years, and is still in use today – a record unique in all the world’s edged weapons. An even lesser known fact is that the art of making the khukuri; an art preserved by for more than two millennia by a traditional, hereditary caste of smiths called “kami;” was in danger of dying out and being lost forever. Seeking to preserve this tradition for future generations, Ex-Gurkha Khukuri House was organized, gathered as many surviving kami and their families as they could, provided them with equipment and a place to craft their wares, and began marketing them to a global audience of enthusiasts who appreciate the high quality of this traditional native blade. The khukuri has become emblematic of the nation of Nepal, and somehow embodies and symbolizes what it means to be Nepalese. No other item in Nepalese culture is as iconic. Ex-Gurka Khukuri house continues this tradition, by competing for British khukuri contracts to supply the Gurkha troops, providing the Nepalese people with quality examples of what continues to be their “national knife” and working tool, and marketing traditional khukuri world-wide, to an ever-expanding clientele of people who recognize the quality and utility of this remarkable working knife. They retain a shop that is open to the public in Katmandu, at (ADDRESS) and despite the tragic earthquake and aftershock of April 2015, the factory – actually a dedicated group of makers that still turn out these blades one at a time, in the old, traditional way – still survives and continues the tradition. Both are definitely worth seeing. Although a single khukuri takes several kami a whole day to craft by hand, they are quite affordable, and indeed one of the best buys in the field of handmade knifes. They are the perfect, iconic souvenir of Nepal, and also double as a useful working tool for hunting or camping trips.
  • Large selection, find a new treasure in the electronic catalogue (p.c, laptop, smart phone friendly!) Truly useful! (Work of art) I am amazed totally by the mere pride and care that goes in to each one. Egkh is the only way for the famous khukuri! Beautiful collection from egkh. Im Smith, we have a saying if "they are willing to put their name on it buy it!" Customer service excellence, rated and listed with international business bureau! They hold egkh in high regards! My whole collection is egkh!
  • The best for ALL Khukri Knives and the best service by a great team.
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