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Title Private-purchase kukri, maker-marked DKW
Nationality Nepalese
Period c 1950s

This is a Nepalese kukri from the DKW factory, which started production in 1945. It probably dates from the 1950s. It is a well-made piece with rosewood grips, brass mounts, black leather scabbard and frog, probably made as a private purchase item for local consumption or Gurkha military use.

The blade measures 13" from point to forte. The chape is tin with a brown finish. The leatherwork, though sound, is a little dry overall and one of the by-knives is missing a brass cap. Both by-knives are horn-hilted, one having a few old worm nibbles. There is some age cracking to the top of the frog straps.

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

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


I received the cockade today and am very pleased!

D B, UK, 27.12.2010

The dirk arrived this morning and I could not be happier with it! Excellent little piece, most unusual... I look forward to doing more business with you, as finance permits; rest assured you will be highly recommended to my collecting colleagues.

C C, Australia, 15.04.2009