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The kukri has a heavy, forward-curved blade with a single cutting edge and a circular notch near the handle. It typically has a length of 16-18 inches (40-45 cm) and weighs 1 to 2 lbs (450 to 900 grams). It is similar in shape to the Iberian falcata and the Greek Kopis, it is even theorized to have been developed from the latter when it was introduced into India by Alexander the Great. The small notch in the lower part of the blade is symbolic of the trident of the Hindu deity Shiva. It also makes sure that blood dripping from the tip drops off the blade and does not reach the handle and make the wielder's hands slippery.
The kukri is effective as a chopping and slashing weapon. Because the blade bends towards the opponent, the user need not angle the wrist while executing a chopping motion. Unlike a straight-edged sword, the center of mass combined with the angle of the blade allow the kukri to slice as it chops. The edge slides across the target's surface while the center of mass maintains momentum as the blade moving through the target's cross-section. This gives the kukri a penetrative force disproportional to its length. The design enables the user to inflict deep wounds and to penetrate bone.
While most famed from use in the military, the kukri is the most commonly used multipurpose tool in the fields and homes in Nepal. Its use has varied from building, clearing, chopping firewood, digging, slaughtering animals for food, cutting meat and vegetables, skinning animals, and opening cans. Its use as a general farm and household tool disproves the often stated "taboo" that the weapon cannot be sheathed "until it has drawn blood".
The kukri is versatile. It can function as a smaller knife by using the narrower part of the blade, closest to the handle. The heavier and wider end of the blade, towards the tip, functions as an axe or a small shovel....

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