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Title Gurkha service kukri, mark I
Nationality Indian
Period 1915

This is the classic WW1 first pattern (with a ridge on the grip) kukri, with issue stamps on the wood grip for January 1915 (1.15) and various other letters (A.S // F.W). This is a splendid example, with a hollow ground blade, and separately fitted iron chape to the forte of the blade, indicating earlier local manufacture rather than Birmingham.

The blade is 14" long measured directly from the point to the base of the back of the blade, which makes the weapon slightly unusual (insomuch as this is a full inch longer than the normal service type) and yet it is fitted with a service grip with countersunk tang button, typical of Birmingham practice.

The brown leather scabbard would appear to be a service one and is dated 1915 on the reverse, along with the ordnance department mark and 'IOM'. It has a brass chape. The leather is in excellent condition, though a little scuffed here and there.

The grip appears to be rosewood, with a few small chips on the obverse and some minor oil staining. The scabbard has a little scuffing on the edges, but is generally in excellent shape for its age.

The blade has got old marks, possibly from a grindstone, but these may relate to the manufacture of the piece and its being of hollow ground construction.

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

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


Bayonet arrived today, very quick, and very pleased.

P H, UK, 13.11.2010

The bayonet arrived safely this morning, it's excellent and exactly what I've been looking for, I'm very pleased with it! ... I've bookmarked your site and will keep a regular check to see what you have.

S A, UK, 05.01.2006