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Title Gurkha kukri, WW2 locally made
Nationality Indian
Period c 1939-45

The hilt of the kukri and byknives are cast aluminium. This type was made in India in the late 1930s and through the war years as an alternative to the arsenal made pieces, which were always stamped up with issue marks, etc. The leather frog would appear to be an issue item on account of the broad arrow stamp on the reverse.

The blade is 13 inches long and has been used as a hammer, viz the many bruises on the spine past the angle of the back (see photo). The pommel cap is formed of sheet brass. The weapon is complete with both skinning knife and sharpening steel. There is also a small leather wallet tucked into the pocket on the sheath.

The overall condition is excellent for the age of the piece, which has obviously seen field service, most likely in Burma, North Africa and Italy. It is still quite sharp.

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

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


On Saturday they arrived the badges, very good, great service.

F A, Spain, 02.11.2009

The tipstaff arrived safe this morning, and I am very pleased with it.

J B, UK, 17.08.2005