1. How can I engrave my kukri?
If you wish to engrave your kukri, please provide us with the details of your requirements by emailing us.
2. I haven’t received any emails from you. What should I do?
If you haven’t received any emails from GKK and it has been more than 1-2 days, there may be a chance that our emails have either gone missing or landed in your Spam/Junk folder. Please check those folders, and if the issue persists, inform us via email.
3. How is the quality of GKK knives assured?
All Gurkha Kukri Knife (GKK) knives are original and of high quality. We use carefully selected raw materials, employ skilled and experienced craftsmen, pay special attention to details, and conduct rigorous testing to ensure the quality of our knives.
4. What type of steel is used in GKK knives?
GKK utilizes two types of high-carbon steel: leaf springs for heavy vehicles and EN-31 (industrial steel used for making heavy-duty tools for machinery work and rotary bearings for motors).
5. What heat treatment is applied to the blade?
GKK employs water and oil quenching on all knives. Our skilled Kamis judge the steel’s color to quench at the right time and in the right way. While water quenching is more common in colder temperatures or in the winter, Oil quenching is adopted. Auto-tempering occurs during blade finishing, generating high temperatures. If over-quenching is detected during edge testing (HRC), it is normalized by periodic oven heating until corrected.
6. Are the blades pre-sharpened?
Yes, all blades come in a ready-to-use stage. The edges are well-sharpened, allowing immediate use upon receiving the knife.
7. How can I determine if small knives accompany the kukri?
Examine the photos carefully. If the small knives are present in the photo, they will come with the kukri. Additionally, check the “Materials/Features” field on the product details page for information on accompanying knives.
8. What style and shape do the accompanying small knives have?
Refer to the photos of the knives placed alongside their mother blade for the provided style. Standard accompanying knives typically have a 2.5″ blade and a 2″ handle, while smaller versions have a 2″ blade and a 1.75″ handle.
9. What materials are used for making the handle?
Handles are primarily crafted from two materials: wood (rosewood and ironwood) and horn (water buffalo horn). Some may feature metallic handles like brass and aluminum, while modern ones can include rubber and Micarta handles. Wooden handles are identifiable by their brown, reddish, or maroon color in the product photos, constituting 80% of the products.
10. What is the diameter of the handle?
Handle diameter varies based on the overall knife size. Standard sizes (10-13 inches) typically have a 4.5 inch middle area, smaller ones have around 3 inches, and larger ones (15 inches above) have around +5 inches in the middle.
11. What type of sheaths do the knives come with?
The sheaths in the provided photos are the ones that come with the knives. Styles, colors, and fixtures match the default set shown in the photo. Some product descriptions also include details on the sheath. While the color may vary slightly from the photo, it remains consistent with the supplier’s stock.
12. What materials are used for making the sheath?
Sheaths are made from treated leather and buffalo hide, with GKK primarily using black, brown, maroon, green, and cream leather. Modern sheaths may utilize imported Kydex and Boltaron sheets.
13. How is the sheath (dap) made?
The sheath starts with an inner wooden frame shaped to fit the blade. This frame, crafted from soft wood, is then wrapped with the required leather on the outside. If needed, a thick leather belt housing is created in the throat, and the frog is attached to the body. For KYDEX sheaths, a molding process is used. The sheet is heated, pressed against the blade’s shape, dried, and riveted.
14. How long does it take to make a kukri?
The time to craft a kukri depends on its size, style, and features. Crafting a single knife, or kukri can take anywhere from 7 to 21 days. The entire process is done by hand, with one maker completing all stages except for the initial hammering and forging, which involves 2 or 3 makers working together.
15. Who are Kamis?
Kamis are the makers or craftsmen, also known as “BK” or Bishwakarma (world makers). Making kukri runs in their blood, often starting as early as 10 years old, passed down through generations.
16. What is the Kukri-making process?
The traditional process involves using bare hands and basic tools, along with a bench grinder and power tools. A team of 3 or 4 kamis initially forges and hammers to achieve the basic shape and size. The kami responsible for the knife, then completes the entire making process using conventional power tools.
17. How long does it take to make and ship my order?
The shipping date depends on the product stock and the production time frame. Regular products usually take 7 to 10 days or less, while custom orders may take 25 to 30 days.
18. How long does it take to deliver after the order is shipped?
Once the order is ready and forwarded to the shipping company, it takes 5 to 7 days for delivery to the destination. GKK uses DHL for mailing services.
19. Do we have to pay import and customs charges in our country?
Buyers must pay taxes imposed by their government. GKK declares all products under the universally recognized GSP code for third countries like Nepal, making customs clearance smoother.
20. What about customs rules and formalities?
All products are declared “Souvenirs from Nepal” or “Traditional Handicrafts from Nepal” under the internationally recognized GSP code. If the destination country requires additional permits and documentation, the shipper will notify the buyer to fulfill the necessary legal steps for customs clearance. After clearance, the order will be delivered to the buyer’s home or office location by the shipper.