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Title Mark III Gurkha service kukri, arsenal made
Nationality Indian
Period 1945

This example is almost certainly the product of an Indian wartime arsenal on account of the inspection stamps on the blade, together with the initials HW and the date 45. These were carried by the Gurkhas throughout WW2, and the pattern of hilt loosely dates from the early 1920s. However, this example has no bolster at the forte.

It has nice rosewood grips, with smoothly polished iron rivets and a neatly riveted iron pommel. The blade is 12 inches long, with a typical narrow fuller, distinctive of most of the arsenal-produced kukris. These were made from 1943 onwards.

Its condition is excellent throughout, with some service wear to the grips. The scabbard leather has been recovered late in its working life, with the addition of a leather frog named to D Lincoln and dated 1974.

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

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


The parcel has arrived - at the time you indicated.

The sword lives up to expectations and looks even better than on the website. The detail and etching is superb.

Thanks so much for your help and the extra information.

R P, UK, 27.02.2016

Your package arrived safely and in perfect condition this morning - and it's brilliant - and I am very pleased with it.

J P, UK, 02.02.2008