"World War 2 Desert Sirupate Kukri"
War hardened Sirupate Kukri with Canvas covered sheath.
During World War 2 the Gurkhas fought beside the Far East in the Middle East, North Africa, Italy and Greece. Many of the Kukri knifes taken into battle then were covered in canvas such as this piece here which must have seen the World in making and did its duty…took its prize, served its purpose.
Overall: 40,5 cm long Kukri
In Scabbard: 37 cm
Blade: 29,5 cm long, belly of blade 5 cm, spine thickness 0,7 cm
Handle: 12 cm (incl. bolster)
Surely this Kukri has seen a lot of serious action.
The Scabbard is made like the majority of Kukri scabbards in wood and then covered in leather. Kukri knifes used by the Gurkhas in the Middle East and North Africa often had a canvas cover, such as this one. There is also a belt frog but loops are missing.
The Kukri itself is of the Sirupate style, often favoured by the Gurkhas in the Kukri knifes they choose to take into battle themselves over the Issued models. This Kukri would thus fall into the Private purchase/Private issue Kukri category and carries a rich history which we only know a fragment of.
The blade is fine with some minor black stains which may go away if properly cleaned.
The handle is made of dark brown wood of traditional pattern. There is two minor cracks in the top of the handle as well as the buttcap missing, thus the Kukri blades rat tail sticks slightly out by the end of the handle. It is not suprising that the Kukri have taken some minor damage after experiencing the 2nd World War live on the front line!
Karda and Chakmak (the two small knifes) are present and have wooden handles.
No markings on blade, handle or scabbard.
A historically rich Kukri of the Gurkhas in the front line!