A kukri was a type of heavy knife.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Kukris had a single-edged, heavy blade that curved forward.[3] This blade became gradually wider from the hilt to the end, where it quickly tapered to a sharp point. The cutting edge was all along the inside of the curved blade up to the tip.[1]

Weaponology[edit | edit source]

Due to the curved design of a kukri's blade, a wielder typically fought by slashing at their opponents. However, despite their design, a kukri was never intended to be used as a throwing weapon.[3][1] The extra weight at the wide end of the blade meant they could inflict quite severe injuries.[1][2] They could be used like a dagger in most respects.[2]

Beyond their use as weapons, kukri were rugged enough tools that they could be used to skin game or chop wood. Thus, they easily filled many of the same roles that a standard knife or handaxe would otherwise.[3]

Significance[edit | edit source]

The kukri was the favored weapon of Auppenser, the sleeping god of psionics of the fallen empire of Jhaamdath.[4]

Users[edit | edit source]

A Black Flame Zealot pointing a kukri.

In the mid–14th century DR, kukris were commonly used in Chult[5][6] and Narfell.[7]

They were common in the Golden Water lands,[8] where they were manufactured and used in Durpar and Ulgarth, and further afield in the Raurin desert and Murghôm. Some merchants traded them into western Faerûn, but they were not as popular as double-edged daggers in the late 15th century DR.[9]

Kukris were also used by Shou and other Kara-Turan expatriates in Faerûn.[10]

The harssafs of the Calim Desert fought with two kukris.[11]

Notable Users[edit | edit source]

Jezz the Lame with his kukri.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 116, 118, 120. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Logan Bonner, Eytan Bernstein, & Chris Sims (September 2008). Adventurer's Vault: Arms and Equipment for All Character Classes. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 9. ISBN 978-07869-4978-6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Michael J. Varhola (January 1993). “Rhino's Armor, Tiger's Claws”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #189 (TSR, Inc.), p. 38.
  4. Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
  5. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 30. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  6. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  7. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 31. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  8. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 12. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  9. Ed Greenwood (04-19-2020). Ed Greenwood on Twitter. Retrieved on 08-03-2020.
  10. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 14. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  11. Andrew Finch, Gwendolyn Kestrel, Chris Perkins (August 2004). Monster Manual III. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 82–83. ISBN 0-7869-3430-1.
  12. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 126. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  13. Philip Athans (August 2005). Annihilation. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 56. ISBN 0-7869-3752-1.
  14. Richard Baker (October 2003). “Rogues Gallery: The Heroes of the War of the Spider Queen, Part 2”. In Chris Thomasson ed. Dragon #312 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 82–89.
  15. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 120–121. ISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  16. Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 21. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  17. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 137. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
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