Tibetan Knife

Tibetan Knife is an indispensable tool for Tibetan people, who use it to cut meat, to defend themselves, and for other purposes. It is also one of the most representative handicrafts made by Tibetan people. Many Tibetans wedge their knives into their waistbands and have been used in livelihood, and for self-defense and decorative functions.

The Lhatse Tibetan Knives are the most well-known of those produced in Shigatse, Tibet. They are characterized by excellent steel, tough blade, fine workmanship, and simple shape. They are not only beloved by local people but also popular with domestic and foreign tourists.

The Lhatse Xog Tibetan Knives are mainly produced in Lhatse Xog Village, Lhatse County in the central part of Shigatse. The knives are more than 1,000 years old, and there are three main types: the long knife, which is one meter long at most; the short knife, which is about 40 centimeters long; and the small knife, which is only a dozen centimeters long.

The general production process for making Tibetan knives includes smelting, melting, mold casting, pounding, engraving the inlay, welding the pieces together, reinforcing the metal, filing, shaping, sculpting, magnesium washing, and polishing.

The Lhatse Tibetan Knife is made of forged steel and is finely processed. The surface of the knife is clean and the blade is sharp. The handle of the knife is made from yak horns or wood and is wrapped in silver wire, copper wire, or iron wire. The top of the hilt is covered with copper or iron, and some are also beset with silver. The sheaths are also very elegant in silver or copper, and some are engraved with flowers, animal prints, or inlaid with jewels and gold plating, which are especially gorgeous.

In 2007, the Lhatse Tibetan Knife was listed as an intangible cultural heritage item at the Tibet Autonomous Region level. In 2008, it was listed as an intangible cultural heritage item at the national level.

Our Other Post on Tibetan Art & Crafts


Tibetan scroll painting or “Thangka” belong to the rich Tibetan cultural heritage and are an integral part of many public and private collection of Asian Art in the western world. 

The Art of Tibetan Statue

The Art of Tibetan Statue making can be categorized into two major schools: 1) exotic statues (from outside Tibet or influenced by outside Tibet); and 2) local Tibetan statues.

Stone and Rock carving

Tibetan Stone and Rock Carvings: Tibet is in rich repositories of culturally significant stone and rock carvings. When you are traveling in Tibet, you will find stone and rock carvings everywhere.

Tibetan Pottery Wares

Pottery in Tibet has a more than 5000-year history. Neolithic pottery pieces and unbroken pottery wares unearthed at Karub ruins in Qamdo are the earliest pottery ware crafts ever discovered in Tibet. 

Tibetan Jewelry

Tibetan jewelry and ornaments include as rings, bracelets, necklaces, made of red and yellow coral, Tibetan carnelian, yak bones, Tibetan silver, Tibetan copper, turquoise, and other natural materials joined together with yak-hide string.

Tibetan Weaving

The history of Tibetan Rug making dates back to some fifteen hundred years but a standard piece from that date is virtually nonexistent these days. 

Tibetan Tailoring

Tibetan tailoring possesses a unique skill and experiences. During the old times, Tibetan clothes are made by hand and take many days to complete a set. 

About Us:

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel is a fully officially licensed international tour operator based in Lhasa, owned and managed by 100% local Tibetans. One of the most respected, longest running and best-reviewed tour operators since 1997.

Over 20 years of experience in the Tibetan travel industry, our team consists of the best and experienced Tibet travel guides that will show you the best that this extraordinary place has to offer, unravel all the undiscovered beauty of Tibet unique culture and tradition in front of you.  Whether a guest is looking to join a Tibet group tour or take a private tailor-made journey, we are the best choice.

Other than the above services, we provide stop over tour services in Nepal, Bhutan, and cities in Mainland China, you can also be booking your Tibet Flight and Tibet Train tickets with us. So, what are you waiting for? Reach us to embark on a trip that will last for a lifetime with Tibet Universal Tours and Travel!!!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This