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Title Gurkha issue kukri, Mark 2
Nationality Indian
Period 1927

Made at the Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI stamp at base of blade), this was a development from the Mark 1, which had a single piece wood grip. The Mark 2 kukri was introduced in about 1916 and, although more expensive to make, was undoubtedly a better made and more serviceable knife. This style is still worn today by Gurkha units.

The grips are of rosewood, with brass rivets and a steel pommel cap. The blade is just short of 13.5 inches long and is clearly dated 1927. The scabbard and frog, dated 1938 and 1942 respectively, both show ordnance and maker stamps. The chape is of brass. There appears to be a service number crudely scratched on the back of the scabbard.

There is some minor rust patination to the base of the blade, most of which has been cleaned off. It is still quite sharp. All the leatherwork, despite showing obvious signs of wear, is still in good shape.

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

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Indian : 20th Century]


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