I don't know how reliable this information is but according to this site http://www.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?rog3=IN&peo3=17069 There is about 50 000 Kamis in Nepal, split in black smiths, gold, silver and copper smiths. Wikipedia raises that number up to 90 000. I really like the spirit of the Kami cast (Prayer Points)... But there is one thing I really don't understand: So many Kamis but so few known reliable stores/sources to buy real usable Kukris (HI, Tora, KHHI, feel free to insert others) Is it because it is more "lucrative" for a Kami to make tourist/display Kukris? Is it because of the way they organize themselves? ie the craftsmanship for usable kukris only serves the locals? Is it because of the lack of means to go on a larger commercial scale? I can only speculate... Can someone familiar with the Nepalese culture enlighten my ignorant soul?