Post World War 2 Kukri
with velvet Scabbard and decorated Handle
This Kukri is most likely from the 1950-1960`s time period. It may have been a military gift or a market pick up.
The Kukri has a military characteristic blade and a decorated handle, the scabbard is covered in burgundy velvet.
Overall: 42 cm long Kukri
In Scabbard: 37 cm
Blade: 32 cm long, belly of blade 5,7 cm, spine thickness 0,7 cm
Handle: 12 cm (incl. bolster)
When World War 2 finished the Gurkhas returned to home base in India before being split, between India and Britain. The British Brigade of Gurkhas settled into Malaya.
The Indian Gorkha Regiments remained in India, while both carried, made, used and bought Kukris knifes.
A varity of styles came about, often drawing on older patterns and styles to create something new, this Kukri is a show piece of a time that drew from the past to make something for the moment.
The blade seems to draw its design from the Dheradun style along with the War Issued MK3 pattern and overall shares a Martial and Military feel to it.
The handle is made of black horn and is decorated with two brass bands and two sets of sun alike symbols – a brass middle dot with metal dots around, on both sides.
The buttplate is of metal and has a diamond rat tail keeper.
Scabbard decorated in burgundy velvet with a golden band going around, a metal rim ontop and a metal tip on the bottom, a clear connection to the Kothimora Style.
Karda and Chakmak present with wooden handles.
Most likely made in India.
A Fancy post WW2 era Kukri.
The Khukuri / Kukri as a weapon goes back several hundreds if not thousands of years. It is currently in use among the Gurkha / Gorkhas in the British Army, Nepal Army, Indian Army and Singapore Police Force.
The Kukri has been battle proven in war and a witness to most of the battles in Asia over the 19th and 20th century that the British fought.
The Kukri has over history developed into many styles and designs to meet the challenges of the day and the criteria of the user, to be a man´s best tool in time of need or a deadly weapon in time of battle.
The Khukuri reflects the raw spirit of the Himalayas of Nepal and carries a deep symbolism that may soon be forgotten.