The name can be spelt and pronounced numerous ways. The most common names are Kukri, and Khukuri. The kukri, or 'khukuri' (which is closer to the Nepali pronunciation), is the distinctive curved Nepali knife that is synonymous with the Gurkhas and Nepal. The kukri is respected throughout the world for its fearful effectiveness as a close combat weapon, but it is also a humble multi-purpose tool used in Nepal for everyday tasks. This iconic and instantly recognizable blade also holds deep spiritual and historical significance for Gurkhas and the people of Nepal.
Kukris have been used by Nepali (Nepalese) soldiers since the earliest days of the Gurkha Army which conquered and united Nepal under the Shah dynasty. They have been the symbol of the British Army's Brigade of Gurkhas since it began.