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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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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.

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, ergonomic handles andcomposite materials like micarta and terotuff. 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.

Shivaraj Ghimire

 

Shivaraj has just started working with Kailash recently, but has been making khukuris under various houses for 25 years. He's been forging blades since before Andrew was even born, with the experience showing in his work.

He has a great interest in the lesser known regional varieties of khukuri, such as those from Bhojpure and Limbuwan, while also being one of the few craftsmen that are making the Cocks Head khukuri, a tradtional ornate blade that has a rooster's head carved into the handle.

His goals are to earn enough to provide for his family and allow his son to go through school, an opportunity that he never had.  He's also a huge fan of Nepali movies and will sit down to watch them with his family whenever he can.

Shivaraj'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 some of the most experienced hands in the industry.

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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, ergonomic handles andcomposite materials like micarta and terotuff. 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.

Kami making khukuri chitlange shivaraj

Shivaraj Ghimire

 

Shivaraj has just started working with Kailash recently, but has been making khukuris under various houses for 25 years. He's been forging blades since before Andrew was even born, with the experience showing in his work.

He has a great interest in the lesser known regional varieties of khukuri, such as those from Bhojpure and Limbuwan, while also being one of the few craftsmen that are making the Cocks Head khukuri, a tradtional ornate blade that has a rooster's head carved into the handle.

His goals are to earn enough to provide for his family and allow his son to go through school, an opportunity that he never had.  He's also a huge fan of Nepali movies and will sit down to watch them with his family whenever he can.

Shivaraj'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 some of the most experienced hands in the industry.

kami making khukuri mandip

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.

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.

bisnu

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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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.

andrew

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.

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