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Title Ghurka kukri with triple fullers, 13-inch blade
Nationality British Empire
Period c 1890

This is a good quality piece, made in Nepal or perhaps the border area inside India, where Ghurka families started to settle in increasing numbers after the Great Mutiny of 1857, where both they, together with the Sikh volunteers, did so much to hold the line, just as they were to do again in 1914.

This has to be one of the finest close-quarter knives ever designed, with ancestry, via the Kora and Sosun Pattah, going back to the Kopis blade of Alexander the Great, all of which had forward-angled blades of immense cutting power, combined with a good thrusting point (Kora apart - more like an axe!).

The blade is 33cm long and 6cm across at the widest point. The balance, as with most of this genre, is superb. It has its original scabbard, which is in good shape except for the tool pocket, which is missing. There is some light rust on the iron chape of the scabbard, together with a little on the bolster of the hilt, which is buffalo horn with porcupine quill inlay. The pommel cap is a little loose due to age shrinkage.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : British Empire : 19th Century]


Received and in superb condition, thank you

A G, UK, 21.03.2012

Picked the package up this morning. Many thanks they are great I am well pleased.

M C, UK, 30.11.2011