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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]


Bayonet arrived today, very quick, and very pleased.

P H, UK, 13.11.2010

Many many many thanks about [for] your dagger! Very fine quality! I love it!

A P, Russia, 07.04.2009