Monday, April 4, 2011

that's not a knife

This is a knife, a real genuine Gurkha Kukri dagger from Nepal. I bought it in India in 1993. The kukri is the preferred knife of the famous Gurkha warriors, who form an important part of the British, Indian, and of course Nepali armies. It is said that the blade represents the goddess Durga so must be fed with blood each time it is removed from its sheath. I have three of these terrible knives and will attempt the feat of juggling them for public amusement this memorial day weekend. Hopefully, they will return to their sheath still hungry for blood, and I will complete the act with a full count of digits. This photo is over a decade old, even the knives have rusted a bit in the intervening years...

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