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Title Gurkha kukri with sharpening steel and small knife
Nationality Nepalese
Period c 1890-1920

This is the classic knife of these world famous mountain troops. It is a privately made example, almost certainly in Nepal or the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India. As close quarter weapons go, this is one of the finest designs ever built. It would also have served as a field tool for duties round the camp.

The blade (13.25" long) is in good condition with superb balance. The main grip, which is nice and tight, appears to be rosewood, with a little filler on both sides. The pommel cap on the main knife is steel or iron and would appear to have been riveted into position. The leather securing strap across the top of the scabbard is broken and a small piece of leather is missing. The chape on the base of the scabbard is iron with what would appear to be a tinned finish. There is some minor surface rust to the back of the chape. The sharpening steel has an indeterminate wood grip, while the eating knife has a horn one with a small touch of worm and is missing the pommel cap. Generally speaking, it is in excellent shape for its age.

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

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Nepalese : 19th Century]


I collected my iron cross this am from the sorting office. Thank you for the medal; as before it's a very nice one. Thank you for your prompt service and I look forward to purchasing more in the future from you and your wonderful site.

J B, UK, 07.12.2006

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

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C W, UK, 20.04.2006