Kirpan Art & the Craft Project at Miri Piri Academy

"It is only after all peaceful methods of persuasion fail that a Sikh may unsheath their kirpan."

Auspicious Kirpan and Sword Presentations


It was the summer of 2011, when I sat with Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh from Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevak Jatha in Birmingham UK. I was showing Bhai Sahib the most Special Kirpan (Tribute to Darbar Sahib - pictured above) that we'd ever created. Bhai Sahib was enjoying the kirpan very much and decided to purchase it. During that conversation in August 2011, he conveyed to me that he was acquiring the kirpan to offer as a gift to Guru Gobind Singh on the 350th anniversary of his birth at Patna Sahib in January 2017.

Some years later, Inderbhajan Palahey, a client who became a good friend, and I visited Bhai Sahib and discussed making a suitable display case for this one of a kind encrusted Kirpan. In the image below you can see the Kirpan inside of its Perspex display case. 

It was a profoundly auspicious trip to Patna Sahib, India immersing ourselves in honoring the life and legacy of the 10th Master. Many came from all over the world to pay their respects and share with others the joy in celebrating his illustrious example of humanity and service to those oppressed and less fortunate.

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It was August 2016, that a dear colleague and chairman of the board at Sikhnet, Supreet Singh Manchanda and his dad Joginder Singh chose to honor Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh with one of our swords. Supreet and Joginder had grown up with Bhai Sahib in Zambia and decided to fly over to Birmingham, UK to present this sword to Bhai Sahib. The entire sangat was invited to this dedication and honoring ceremony paying tribute to his decades of tireless service and support to the sangat and many important causes. I was grateful to be present for this event as Bhai Sahib had shown me only kindness and respect over a number of years. We prepared this sword according to Bhai Sahibs request, as he had expressed interest in owning one of these prior to Supreet and Joginder coming forth wishing to gift one to him. A joyful celebration was had by all, with langar following the festivities.


Continuing our legacy offering excellent, innovative products for the Khalsa by teaching the next generation at Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India

Somewhere around 35 years ago, my teacher the Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Harbhajan Singh wrote me a letter telling me 'with my artistic gifts to create things that uplift and inspire people'. By His grace and with my team we have been doing that ever since. I've held a vision for some years now that the name Khalsa should be synonymous with the name 'Fabergé' of Fabergé egg fame. (Peter Carl Fabergé was a master artisan from Russia who created splendid artifacts for the Russian czars among others. He was prolific from the late 1800's-early 1900's). Teaching and presenting opportunities to inspire and instruct our exceptional children to be creative with their minds and hands in manifesting jewelry, swords, kirpans and other objects feels like one way that this might begin to happen. I studied gold and silversmithing for six years at a university in New York beginning in 1972, under two accomplished artisans, and have continued in this field for 40 years now. I feel that I have the requisite training to establish a program at Miri Piri Academy.

Around 20 years ago I went to MPA for several weeks, on two seperate occasions, with tools and small equipment and commenced with some initial stages of installing a metals program there in the art building. Now that business is more stable, I feel better able to commit to going there every 6 months for 4-6 weeks to perform this seva and continue to fulfill the vision of our teacher for myself as well as the vision God gave me for the name Khalsa.

So, I'm inviting you to be a part of this special art/craft training/enabling project for the students at MPA. With your support and prayers and under my (and possibly others) tutelage, they will learn to create wonderful kirpans, swords, jewelry and sacred objects to help heal, uplift and bless our world.

We need $40,000 to outfit the studio and we have received $4000 to date - so $36,000 is still needed. If you'd like to participate in this please email: [email protected] - funds can be tax deductible and a receipt can be sent. Any amount will be welcomed and anyone offering $2000 or more to this project will be invited to come and participate at MPA with me and learn kirpan/sword making with us in Amritsar (travel and lodging will be at your expense). Thank you.

Please peruse and consider purchasing some of our wonderful kirpans, swords, knives and Sikhi jewelry at www.KhalsaKirpans.com and www.TheKhalsaRaj.com

Singh Sahib Jot Singh Khalsa
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