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Who are we?

Kailash Blades is primarily composed of senior ex employees of other khukuri houses, who became dissatisfied with slipping quality standards and working conditions with their former employers. The one goal in mind when setting up Kailash Blades in late 2015 was to do things better. Better pay, better knives and better lives for everyone involved. While Kailash Blades itself is only quite new, the Kailash Blades team has over 60 years of cumulative experience at the apex of their respective fields. Passionate, driven and hard working, we hope to push ourselves every day and establish a new standard of excellence for traditional nepalese manufacturing.

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Srikrishna "Siru" Karki

 

Karki is not a name usually associated with knifemaking. Srikrishna is unusual in that he comes from what would traditionally be the priest caste of nepalese society, but went into the knife industry due to his sheer love of the craft. This non-traditional style extends into his work.

While he was initially involved in the forging process, his thirst for knowledge has led to him becoming an expert in his field, specialising in new techniques like kydex sheathmaking, oil hardening, precise tempering and ergonomic handles. Aside from training new workers in these modern techniques and overseeing quality control Siru makes all of our Western Leather and Kydex sheaths, and is adept enough at design to adapt and create new sheath designs for limited runs or custom orders. He also has plans to develop some of his own  knife designs in future, something we absolutely cannot wait for.

Siru loves pigeons and is a real musical talent. If we're lucky he'll sing and play guitar for us in the workshop, with his voice weaving around the blows of the hammer.

Tilak Bahadur Biswakarma

 

Tilak is a very talented and passionate craftsman who has been working in the various khukuri houses of Nepal for more than two decades. His name is one of the most highly sought after in Nepal and we're honoured to have him on our team. He bears the ability to make traditional khukuris of incomparable quality as well as modern blades with amazing attention to detail at an incredible rate.  His favourite blades are the Historical Service Issue and the Sirupate due to their beauty, precise balance and agility.

He started his work at age 9 after quitting school to help support his father and dreams of his daughter becoming a nurse one day. Aside from making knives, he amuses himself helping his wife in the kitchen. The pork curry he made to celebrate his birthday (27th Jan) was incredible!

Tilak’s makers mark is the crescent moon. Should you be lucky enough to find his mark on the blade, take solace in the fact that it was made with the most experienced hands in the industry.

Naresh Rasaili

 

Naresh has been making blades for 7 years, and is the most recent of our Blacksmiths. Earlier on in his career, he wasn’t sure if continuing down this path was the correct thing to do, but as his skills and efficiency improved so did the income he could make from it and now he is determined to become one of the best Blacksmiths in Nepal. This drive of his shows, as he's developed a very high degree of skill in a comparatively short amount of time. His favourite blades are the tiny ones like the cursive edc, spurs and mini jungle since they’re so practical, charming and unique.

While he is quite introverted and keeps to himself while working, when he does speak he’s frank and straight to the point. Naresh enjoys travelling through the jungle with a mini khukuri and a ‘Guleli’ (small slingshot), hunting down small birds and stealing the eggs from their nest.

Naresh’s makers mark is the full moon. If you see the mark on your blade you can be sure that making the blade has been a step forward for him, with each knife putting him closer to where he wants to be and the kind of craftsman he wants to become.

Mandip Rasaili

 

Mandip is a strongly motivated and highly skilled Blacksmith who has been working in the field and putting out excellent work for last 15 years. Over that period, he became enamoured with the traditional khukuris due to their simplicity and efficiency. Even though, he can make all sorts of traditional and modern blades flawlessly he loves making Angkholas as they're both beautiful to look at and very powerful in hand.

Mandip has loved to play football ever since he was a child, playing barefoot with a ball made up of rags. He is a loving and responsible man to his wife and caring dad to his beautiful son.  After a hard days work, he enjoys nothing more than going home to their happy and smiling faces, forgetting all the sweat and aches from a hard day forging.

Mandip’s makers mark is the star. If you find one on your blade you can be sure that he’s made with a lot of heart honouring the traditions involved in making the blade.

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Srikrishna "Siru" Karki

 

Karki is not a name usually associated with knifemaking. Srikrishna is unusual in that he comes from what would traditionally be the priest caste of nepalese society, but went into the knife industry due to his sheer love of the craft. This non-traditional style extends into his work.

While he was initially involved in the forging process, his thirst for knowledge has led to him becoming an expert in his field, specialising in new techniques like kydex sheathmaking, oil hardening, precise tempering and ergonomic handles. Aside from training new workers in these modern techniques and overseeing quality control Siru makes all of our Western Leather and Kydex sheaths, and is adept enough at design to adapt and create new sheath designs for limited runs or custom orders. He also has plans to develop some of his own  knife designs in future, something we absolutely cannot wait for.

Siru loves pigeons and is a real musical talent. If we're lucky he'll sing and play guitar for us in the workshop, with his voice weaving around the blows of the hammer.

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Tilak Bahadur Biswakarma

 

Tilak is a very talented and passionate craftsman who has been working in the various khukuri houses of Nepal for more than two decades. His name is one of the most highly sought after in Nepal and we're honoured to have him on our team. He bears the ability to make traditional khukuris of incomparable quality as well as modern blades with amazing attention to detail at an incredible rate.  His favourite blades are the Historical Service Issue and the Sirupate due to their beauty, precise balance and agility.

He started his work at age 9 after quitting school to help support his father and dreams of his daughter becoming a nurse one day. Aside from making knives, he amuses himself helping his wife in the kitchen. The pork curry he made to celebrate his birthday (27th Jan) was incredible!

Tilak’s makers mark is the crescent moon. Should you be lucky enough to find his mark on the blade, take solace in the fact that it was made with the most experienced hands in the industry.

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Naresh Rasaili

 

Naresh has been making blades for 7 years, and is the most recent of our Blacksmiths. Earlier on in his career, he wasn’t sure if continuing down this path was the correct thing to do, but as his skills and efficiency improved so did the income he could make from it and now he is determined to become one of the best Blacksmiths in Nepal. This drive of his shows, as he's developed a very high degree of skill in a comparatively short amount of time. His favourite blades are the tiny ones like the cursive edc, spurs and mini jungle since they’re so practical, charming and unique.

While he is quite introverted and keeps to himself while working, when he does speak he’s frank and straight to the point. Naresh enjoys travelling through the jungle with a mini khukuri and a ‘Guleli’ (small slingshot), hunting down small birds and stealing the eggs from their nest.

Naresh’s makers mark is the full moon. If you see the mark on your blade you can be sure that making the blade has been a step forward for him, with each knife putting him closer to where he wants to be and the kind of craftsman he wants to become.

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Mandip Rasaili

 

Mandip is a strongly motivated and highly skilled Blacksmith who has been working in the field and putting out excellent work for last 15 years. Over that period, he became enamoured with the traditional khukuris due to their simplicity and efficiency. Even though, he can make all sorts of traditional and modern blades flawlessly he loves making Angkholas as they're both beautiful to look at and very powerful in hand.

Mandip has loved to play football ever since he was a child, playing barefoot with a ball made up of rags. He is a loving and responsible man to his wife and caring dad to his beautiful son.  After a hard days work, he enjoys nothing more than going home to their happy and smiling faces, forgetting all the sweat and aches from a hard day forging.

Mandip’s makers mark is the star. If you find one on your blade you can be sure that he’s made with a lot of heart honouring the traditions involved in making the blade.

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Bisnu Thapa. Head of Operations.

 

Bisnu manages every stage of production at Kailash Blades. He gives the Blacksmiths their orders, does the final quality checks before shipping, handles all of the finances, organises all of the shipping and just generally makes sure that everybody is doing their job, doing it well and getting paid. Having worked at KHHI as the production manager for 7.5 years, he's hugely experienced and a fantastic asset to Kailash Blades.
When not working, he dedicates his time to punching above his weight with his beautiful wife and raising their two gorgeous daughters. He's also the vice president of Buddhamarga Youth Club. With BMYC he organises funding for local infrastructure, funds a free library and other charity work all aiming to improve the quality of life for his extended community.

Dhanush Ale. Customer Service

 

If you ever send an email to Kailash Blades, Dhanush is the guy whom you hear back from. Down to earth and easy going, he has the perfect temperament for working with customers, which he does not only through answering emails, but also by providing updates on knives as they are being forged and handling our forum presence.

While he is our newest staff member, his inquisitive mind and great attitude has won him the hearts of every member in Kailash Blades in a very short period of time.

When he isn't working, you can find him teaching students English and also coaching them Netball. Sports are a huge passion of his, with netball and badminton being  games particularly close to his heart.

Radhe Kharki. Supply Manager

 

The role that Radhe fills is seen everywhere in nepal but is also one that is hard to describe concisely.  You need to chase down some D rings for dangler sheaths, a kiln of specific size for a knife or a special kind of deer horn that hasn't been let into the country from india for the last 6 months? In a western business, you'd go online and order it in, but in Nepal that isn't an option.  For 3 and a half years he's been navigating the unusual, disorganised and chaotic pathways that are unavoidable in order to source products in Nepal at the right price. He has connections and know how and gets things done. Radhe is the man.
When not haggling with a remote villager over the price of some exotic buffalo leather, he'll be either tearing up the streets on his beloved motorbike or tearing up the Football court with his teammates.

Andrew Lucas.  Industrial Designer, Strategic Consultant.

 
Andrew is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary, who does a lot more than just decide which new products Kailash will introduce, what they'll look like and how they'll work. He's also responsible for the metallurgy and pricing of Kailash's products,  its marketing and business strategies and all parts of the branding from the website to the packaging knives arrive in. He's also responsible for the full custom section of our website and guides all of those special projects to completion.
He's also training to become a custom bicycle framebuilder, though is most often sighted either on his family's farm in Albury, NSW or scrounging through dumpsters in Melbourne's Inner North, looking for donuts. This is his natural habitat.

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Bisnu Thapa. Head of Operations.

 

Bisnu manages every stage of production at Kailash Blades. He gives the Blacksmiths their orders, does the final quality checks before shipping, handles all of the finances, organises all of the shipping and just generally makes sure that everybody is doing their job, doing it well and getting paid. Having worked at KHHI as the production manager for 7.5 years, he's hugely experienced and a fantastic asset to Kailash Blades.
When not working, he dedicates his time to punching above his weight with his beautiful wife and raising their two gorgeous daughters. He's also the vice president of Buddhamarga Youth Club. With BMYC he organises funding for local infrastructure, funds a free library and other charity work all aiming to improve the quality of life for his extended community.

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Dhanush Ale. Customer Service

 

If you ever send an email to Kailash Blades, Dhanush is the guy whom you hear back from. Down to earth and easy going, he has the perfect temperament for working with customers, which he does not only through answering emails, but also by providing updates on knives as they are being forged and handling our forum presence.

While he is our newest staff member, his inquisitive mind and great attitude has won him the hearts of every member in Kailash Blades in a very short period of time.

When he isn't working, you can find him teaching students English and also coaching them Netball. Sports are a huge passion of his, with netball and badminton being  games particularly close to his heart.

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Radhe Kharki. Supply Manager

 

The role that Radhe fills is seen everywhere in nepal but is also one that has no real English equivalent.  You need to chase down some D rings for dangler sheaths, a kiln of specific size for a knife or a special kind of deer horn that hasn't been let into the country for india for the last 6 months? In a western business, you'd go online and order it in, but in Nepal that isn't an option.  For 3 and a half years he's been navigating the unusual, disorganised and chaotic pathways that are unavoidable in order to source products in Nepal at the right price. He has connections and know how and gets things done. Radhe is the man.
When not haggling with a remote villager over the price of some exotic buffalo leather, he's on his motorbike pursuing the local womensfolk with his impressive moustache.

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Andrew Lucas.  Industrial Designer, Strategic Consultant.

 
Andrew is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary, who does a lot more than just decide which new products Kailash will introduce, what they'll look like and how they'll work. He's also responsible for the metallurgy and pricing of Kailash's products,  its marketing and business strategies and all parts of the branding from the website to the packaging knives arrive in. He's also responsible for the full custom section of our website and guides all of those special projects to completion.
He's also training to become a custom bicycle framebuilder, though is most often sighted either on his family's farm in Albury, NSW or scrounging through dumpsters in Melbourne's Inner North, looking for donuts. This is his natural habitat.

Thanks for getting to know us!
A hearty Namaste from the entire team at Kailash Blades.