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Title Gurkha kukri
Nationality British Empire
Period c 1890

This is the classic close combat knife of the Ghurka regiments of the Raj era. It is silver mounted (tip of scabbard and pommel cap). It has an 11.75" blade with twin fullers broadening into a single one midway and has superb balance. There are two skinning knives mounted in the back pocket of the scabbard.

The blades are in good shape (very sharp!) and there is some scuffing to the leather on the lower face of the scabbard, which could easily be dealt with by judicious application of black stain followed by leather polish. It is otherwise in excellent shape.

It is unusual to find a combat example with silver mounts (low grade bazaar type). Perhaps this was an officer's private purchase?

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

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


My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".

Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!

S A, UK, 14.08.2012

The knot has arrived safely and it looks great thank you.

J G, New Zealand, 06.02.2012