A Calcutta market in World War 2 carring Kukris and many other metal ware. Kukri knifes were both issued and available for private purchase, which at times makes it difficult to be exact.
Hexagonal White bone Kukri -
Hexagonal White Bone (ivory)
World War 2.
Marked "Tempered Steel Madein India"
Overall 42 cm long, 31 cm blade.
We are happy to present this kukri, a genuine World War 2 era piece. The MK 3 blade is based on the Standard Issue Kukri from ca 1943 onward (5 standard models were issued between 1900-2000) and has since then been made in a variety of ways but always the same style to be termed "MK 3". A MK 3 blade would thus mean a blade that is in the same style as the SIK. MK 3. The Kukri offered here is a MK3 blade but not Standard Issue in its true defenition, but more likely to have been a private purchase Kukri during or just after the Great war. "Made in India" suggests to me the end of the British Raj and the end of WW2.
The handle is of white bone, possibly Ivory, commonly found on Officers kukris just like the very rare shape of the handle being hexagonal and the buttplate in brass too which gives it a great feel in hand. Hexagonal handle Kukris are very rare.
The handle is riveted while the whole kukri is fulltang and solid blade intended for war, in ca 1942-1945 the Gurkhas of the Allied Forces were fighting among many places in North Africa, Italy, Mesopotamia, Malaya, Greece, and in the jungles of Burma.
The Kukri was a standard issue item to the Gurkhas of the Indian and Nepali Army but also issued to other Allied forces serving in and from India, which would include British, American, Aussie and Commonwealth troops from many corners of the World. While some who were not issued would have bought them to be used or as gifts & souvenirs.