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Title Gurkha service kukri
Nationality Indian
Period c 1950s/60s
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This weapon, with a 29cm blade, somewhat smaller than the WW2 variety, is typical of what the Gurkhas carried in the post-war SE Asian campaigns, viz Malaya, etc. It is a good deal handier than the larger kukri of WW2, especially the ordnance service version. These were made in northern India and in Nepal.

It is white metal mounted. The scabbard is thin black calf leather wrapped on wood, but the tools and tool pocket are missing. The frog is made of black calf leather with copper rivets. The grip looks like rosewood to me, but I might be mistaken. The leather is OK except at the back at the top of the scabbard, where there is a split and some missing wood. The blade has double fullers.

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


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