The Kukri-makers of Nepal

A few years ago I traveled to Kathmandu as part of a work project. It was my first time in Nepal but my schedule was a breakneck one with little free time for sightseeing. On top of that, I came down with some sort of virus that left me wiped out after just a few hours of activity, and prone to evening cycles of shuddering chills and sheet drenching night-sweats. After a few days I drove the bug from my system with cheap antibiotics and chloroquinine and I got to take a little time to myself.

I made the acquaintance of the owner of a a kukri shop in Thamel, the heavily tourist-oriented district of Kathmandu…