Dhankute Horn (National Symbols) is a traditonal kukri with a horn handle and scabbard. The sheath is fitted with Nepali national symbols.
Dhankuta is a small village located in the eastern part of Nepal and this type of khukuri is mostly made in this village. The name “DhanKute” is given after the name of the village where it originated centuries ago. Dhankute people specializes in many ornamented and decorative displayers amongst which the DhanKute khukuri is one of their prized and prestigious creations.
A DhanKute khukuri is basically a simple working cum decorative kukri knife but with a fancy scabbard that has Nepalese national symbols overlaid on its front panel. The skilled craftsmen craft special scabbard out of buffalo horn for the kukri blade and displays various national monograms made from expensive metallic sheets like Brass or White metal or even Silver sometimes such as king’s crown (Shree-pech), national bird (Danfe), national flower (Laligurans), national fish (Aasla), Gurkha insignia (khukuri cross), sign of a temple (Pashupati chaana), the holy sword (Trishul) etc. The basic objective is to compose the khukuri to represent Nepal and her persona. The glory, sovereignty, character, culture and people of Nepal is tried to capture in this unique work of art by the Dhankutes.
Commoners mostly use it as a decorative tool because of its elegant and delicate look therefore it is categorized under “Decorative” category. The blade is slimmer and lighter than the army types. It comes in both, Chanipure and Sirupate type blades. The size of blade entirely depends on the size of the natural horn available when making. DhanKutes are typical working knives too but since they are made for display purpose and demands to be displayed to decorate a space, DhanKutes are mostly kept in shelf or stands.
Origin: Dhankuta, Eastern Nepal
Blade Length: 9" (22.8cm)
Blade Thickness: 7mm
Blade Steel: 5160, polished
Handle: 5" (12.7cm)
Handle Material: Horn, polished
Sheath: Buffalo horn
Tang type: Stick
Edge grinding: Semi convex
Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
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