The kukri knife's exact inventor is not known, as it has a long history that predates written records. However, it is believed to have been in use for centuries in the Indian subcontinent, particularly in Nepal. The kukri's design evolved over time and was likely influenced by various cultures and their cutting tools and weapons.
The kukri, in its modern form, became closely associated with the Gurkha soldiers of Nepal, who have used it for centuries. The Gurkhas' valor and the effectiveness of the kukri in combat came to the attention of the British during the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-1816). This conflict marked the beginning of the Gurkhas' service in the British and Indian armies and their association with the kukri.
While the specific inventor of the kukri remains unknown, its design and evolution are deeply rooted in the culture and history of the Indian subcontinent, particularly Nepal, where it has been used for various purposes, including as a utility tool and weapon, for many generations.