Sitting down with a master blacksmith at his workshop for a hands on experience
Learning to make your own khukuri knife from scratch
Getting to take home a Khukuri which you have made by hand yourself
Getting to see the daily life of a blacksmith and interacting with Indra's (the host) family if they are around
All tools and materials needed
Safety equipment - gloves, mask and protective eyewear
English Speaking Guide
Tea and water
Pick up and drop off within Kathmandu
Not Inclusive of:
Making a bigger knife
Modifications to the traditional design
Additions like bone handles or horn-covers (these can be selected as add-ons)
$US 32.00per guest
1 - 6 guests
Cancellation Policy: Moderate
Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.
More About This Experience
The weapon of choice and the icon of the Gurkha warriors, Khukuris are a symbol of pride and loyalty to Nepalis the world over. And while Khukuris are mostly known as weapon of war, it is also a multi-utility tool in Nepali households in the countryside where it is also used for chopping firewood, building, digging and even cutting vegetables.
The Khukuri comes in various sizes but for this workshop you will be making a mini-version of this iconic blade. The basic process involves cutting/hammering a raw piece of iron into the proper shape, grinding the blade and making the wooden handle. (note that for safety reasons, the blade grinding will only be done by the host and we advise guests to stay clear of the sparks during this process).
When selecting the add-on, please tick the checkbox and input how many in the box to the right of the add-on. Ensure that the add-on is reflected in the payment summary before you make payment.
Please note that Khukuri making needs a lot of skill and years of experience! To make sure the experience stays safe, there are parts of the process that our host will do for you. The steps in which you will be participating are:
1. Hammering the iron.
2. The first grinding.
3. Buffing and polishing the knife at last.
Please note that the transport is only included from the following areas:
3. Patan Durbar Square
4. Kathmandu Durbar Square
For other areas, please send us a message.
If there are 4 guests doing this activity then please book for before 2 pm or at 2 pm by the latest as it takes around 6 hours max for 4 guests to finish their Khukuris.
This is the actualy workshop of the blacksmith and sometime there will be work going on. We ask that you be extremely careful when moving around the workshop
Closed shoes and full sleeves are a must
You may bring your sunglasses also as the buffing and grinding process will produce bright sparks
If there are 4 guests doing this activity,then please book a time slot no later than 2 pm as it takes around 6 hours max for 4 guests to complete the workshop
Prior blacksmithing experience is not required
The blade is 5.5 inches long and the total knife will be around 9 or 10 inches
Indra once worked as a cleaner for a 5 star hotel in Kathmandu but left his job as he always wanted to start something he could call his own, so he learnt how to make Khukuris from his uncle in Hetauda. It's been o...