Kora-Tulwar handle Kukri -
Nepal / North India
From the personal collection of Gurkha Antiques & Sir Kukri. A very rare historical and original warrior kukri with
Sikh & Indo-persian influenced handle of the tulwar type, intended for a Officer or high ranking person with the aim to be used in battle.
The amazing quality, design and "feel" of this Kukri also made it one of our favourites.
The beautiful sirupate style blade balances on the thumbb perfectly.
Scabbard of black leather.
Overall 56cm long Blade 44,5 cm Handle 10,5 cm/13,5 cm (inc bolster & dome)
Spine 1,1 cm Belly 6 cm Drop 10,6 cm
some dreams do come true...
We have the honour to proudly present this top notch Kukri that you don`t want to miss! A very unique and rare Kukri that combines some of the most fascinating styles in the construction of this Gurkha (Nepalese) weapon, intended for Battle, War and Fighting, a true martial piece!
Combining elements of the Kukri, the Kora and the Tulwar...this is the result and your satisfaction is guaranteed!
It has been a essential piece of the Gurkha Antiques permanent collection and one of our top ten Kukri knifes in over 20 years.
The Kukri normally has a handle of wood, bone or sometimes metal but almost always follows its traditional pattern of being slightly curved and unlike any other handle. The highly skilled creator of this fantastic Kukri some ca 150 years ago took the blade of the Kukri, the Kora swords cross guard and pommel cap, and the handles middle section based on a Tulwar to make this beauty, one of the best we have seen! Similar Kukri knife is found in the National Museum of Nepal and belonged to General Amar Singh Thapa of the early 19th century while the Kingdom of Nepal was expanding prior to the Anglo-Nepal War.
That it was made to use with a clear objective is without a doubt, in hand the words "AMAZING " & "QUALITY" is what comes to mind and the battle cry of the Gurkhas easily invoked; AYO GORKHALI (the Gurkhas are upon you)!
It is known that this type of Tulwar and Kora handle Kukris were used by the Gorkhalis in the unification of Nepal (ca 1768), in the Anglo-Nepal War (1814-1816) and some records suggest it to have been used up to the turn of the century by Gurkhas, British officers and Sikhs. But was in no means a standard issue or commonly used and should be considered a very Unique and Very Rare Kukri.
The scabbard of black leather has signs of wear and tear and is slightly smaller then the kukri, thus ca 1 cm does not fit into it, as show in image below. Yet the Kukri is perhaps better suited displayed without the Scabbard which allows it to speak by itself.
To exactly date this piece is very difficult but a educated guess would be the 19th century, most likely the earlier part when it seems to have been more commonly used. Among other places the National Museum of Nepal, Kathmandu has similar Kukris with Kora and Tulwar handles that were used until 1816 and possibly afterwards too. The period following the Anglo-Nepal war and well into the early 1840`s was a period in which Nepal had regular contact with the Lion of Punjab, the Sikh Maharajah Ranjit Singh, which also included a Nepali contingent in his military, the precursors to the Gurkhas of the British Indian Army. But even prior to the Anglo-Nepal war the Indo-persian style had made entry into Nepal and its clear influence on weapons can be seen from the mid 1700´s if not earlier. This style of Kukri knifes with similar handles were used uphill WW1 in a few instances.
The quality speaks for itself, the user friendly feeling and overall power of this Battle Kukri will be hard to surpass.
100% satisfaction guranteed!
Please have a further look by pressing the images for larger pictures.