With permission of Dr. Benjamin Judkins we at Heritage Knives have uploaded and used several of his great articles on the Kukri.
Dr. Judkins is a leading authority on Nepalese Military Kukri knives and runs "Kung-Fu Tea" which is dedicated to Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.
His article titled "Identifying and Collecting the Nepalese Military Kukri" is the most in-depth analysis of the Nepalese Military Kukri from the mid 19th to mid 20th Century currently available. For ease of reading it full article is divived into eight (8) parts here,
PDF´s for download is found below, while the online 8 part version is in our menu, under Nepalese Military or in full length on
Further some of Dr. Judkins other work on the Kukri is found below as well. This includes his fantastic article "Mythology of the Kukri: Sign and Symbol" (3 parts) and "The British Army Kukri: An artifact of western orientalism or the 20th century’s greatest combat knife?" (2 parts). Heritage Knives is proud to be able to offer these fine articles from Dr. Judkins to our readers.
The following articles form a strong base of knowledge regarding Nepalese Miliary Kukris, from the mid 19th to mid 20th Century.
Identifying and Collecting the Nepalese Military Kukri.
Mythology of the Kukri: Sign and Symbol.
Part 1 -
Introduction: The Symbolic Language
Part 2 -
The Mythic Origin on
Part 3 -
Kukri as the Key to the “Three Worlds and the Four Directions.”
The British Army Kukri:
An artifact of western orientalism or the 20th century’s greatest combat knife?
Part 1 -
Collecting the Military Kukri.
Part 2 -
A Brief Social History of the Kukri.