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Title Gurkha kukri
Nationality Indian
Period c 1900

This is a particularly nice example of a private purchase kukri from the early years of the 20th century. It has the maker's details (from Darjeeling) punched into the blade, something you very rarely see, and there are brass fillets on the grip separating the buffalo horn from the iron tang.

It is complete, with its small sharpening knife and skinner, which appear to be hafted in wood, but nicely finished with brass pommel caps to match the main weapon. The blade has an edge like a razor! Clearly whoever originally owned this had some idea as to how this beautifully designed knife was meant to function! The Ghurka troops in British, Indian and Nepalese service still carry this knife. Of all the world's close combat knives, this must stand high in the rating of one of the best, as well as providing an exceptionally useful tool for general use in the field.

Its condition is excellent throughout, consonant with its age.

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

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


I have now collected from depot and am very satisfied with the bayonet. Many thanks once again for your excellent service.

S H, UK, 04.02.2012

Thanks for selling my collection. I am very pleased with the results.

J D, USA, 05.04.2011