10th Gurkha Rifles Kothimora Kukri knife
A beautiful high quality 10th Gurkha Rifles Kothimora style Gurkha Kukri knife, post World War 2, with black horn handle, complete with karda, chakmak and hanger band, all in very good condition.
Overall: 37 cm long Kukri
In Scabbard: 39 cm
Blade: 27,5 cm long, belly of blade 4,5 cm, spine thickness 0,8 cm
Handle: 10,5 cm (incl. bolster)
The Kothimora Kukri is traditionally carried by Kings, Nobility and higher Military Officers. In the Gurkha Regiments it is also given as gifts and presented upon retirement. This particular piece was given to a British Officer of the 10 Gurkha Rifles who served in the Far East. More about the Kothimora can be found by pressing here.
The Kukri is maker marked and states on the back of the bottom chape “Made by Lila Ram”, most likely one of the Armourers of the Regiment.
The lovely Scabbard is dressed in black velvet in front and violet on back. It is covered in silver art work showing the regimental crest of the 10th Gurkha Rifles twice, the bugle and kukri, along with other motives; Peacocks, shield crest, floral patterns and a silver band around.
The regimental insignia of the 10 Gurkha Rifles along with the unique features this Kukri was a presentation Kukri from the Regiment, based in the Far East until 1994.
The Kukri itself is a showpiece of excellent workmanship of the post-WW2 Era.
The blade in a variant of the Sirupate style is lethal and reflects the eastern tribes that traditionally enlisted in the 10 GR, the Eastern Nepali Gurkha Kiranti group consisting among others of Rai and Limbu.
The Kukri blade is decorated towards the spine with motives containing brass.
Karda and Chakmak (the two small knifes) are both in fine condition and have wooden handles. The black Kothimora quality horn handle of the Kukri has creamish and green stains. The end of the handle where it meets the brass buttplate is slightly chipped.
A beautiful regimental presentation Kukri.