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Title Gurkha combat kukri, mark II
Nationality British Empire
Period c 1920

This is a second pattern kukri from the 1920s, differentiated from the earlier models by the lack of a central ridge on the grip. These would have been carried by Gurkha troops in the extensive fighting on the North West Frontier in the 1920s and 30s.

There is a slightly unusual frog arrangement, which would appear to be of service origin (from the nature of the stitching and so on), possibly a private purchase piece carried by an officer.

The blade is almost certainly a Birmingham product (though not marked as such) on account of the integral iron chape at the base of the blade, which is forged in one piece with the blade; earlier locally made pieces normally have this as a separate piece. The blade is 13" long measured directly from the point to the base of the back of the blade.

There are two small chips of wood missing just under the pommel on one side. There is old black paint on the pommel itself. The scabbard is a standard black calfskin covered wood scabbard, with some damage to the end of the scabbard and a fair portion of the original black stain has come adrift. This can easily be replaced with commercial stain, should it be desired.

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

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : British Empire : 20th Century]


The parcel arrived today and I am delighted. It feels such a privilege to be holding a piece of history.

G C, UK, 14.03.2017

Just a quick note to let you know that my bayonet arrived safely today. Many thanks for the speedy delivery and overall excellent service! For its age this bayonet is in fantastic condition.

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S P, UK, 23.01.2012