This antique weapon is a fine example of a 19th century Nepalese kukri of hanshee form. Fea-turing a blade following the curve of the handle, the piece is quite heavy and mounted with an iron handle. When placed in its original scabbard, the piece extends 29 inches in length, while the blade alone is 23 inches.
This ancient piece signifies the valor of Gurkha soldiers, and is considered the national knife of Nepal. The piece has become esteemed like other renowned blades such as the Roman Sword, Samurai and Machete. There are some Khukuris displayed in the National Museum at Chhauni in Kathmandu dating from the 16th century.
The origins of the piece remain a mystery of history, however. There is general consensus that the piece originate from the classic Greek sword of Kopis from approximately 500 B.C. A cav-alry sword called the Machira of the ancient Macedonians, was employed by the troops of Alex-ander the Great when they invaded northwest India in the 4th Century BC.