A most rare kaudi /notch less Kukri from World War 2, marked Siraj 43 & SA 189, wiht 'jungle handle', attributed to British Indian Special Forces operating in Burma! Read more below!!!
- World War 2, Special Forces / Paratrooper Kukri -
Very rare Military marked Kukri from WW2 (1943)
attributed to Special forces & Paratrooper units.
Complete with original wooden scabbard
with built in belt frog.
Marked "Siraj - 43" on blade.
British India Army Issue.
Riveted wooden handle,
marked "SA 189"
Overall 44,5 cm long, 34 cm blade, handle 11,5 cm, spine (max) 0,9 cm, belly 6,1 cm, drop 9 cm.
Weight ca 780 g.
VERY - Extremely rare.
A very seldomly seen or known Kukri from World War 2, we here proudly present for the true Kukri and Military Knife Connoisseur!. As of date, October 2013, only 4 others of these are known off outside museums, though more may exist,. It has thus been suggested that only very few of these were made and issued and would thus be more rare then the WSC 51 makred Wilkinson Kukri, that is often considered the Holy Grail of Kukri knifes.
This Kukri appears in two publications:
1. Kukri, by the Gurkha Museum, 1994. Illustrated as No. 6 inwhich the text reads;
"The blade is made of slab steel without any fullering, the edge has an acute profile without notch. The grip is of a more 'jungle knife' form unlike that of the usual kukri but is riveted with issue pattern rivets. The scabbard has all the attributes of an issue pattern. The stamps appearing on the specimen include SA over 150 which is proabably an inspectors mark and S.C.W. over 43 which probably refers to a specific workshop and the date 1943. It is known that kukris were made in Indian Railway workshops at this period. As is usual the brass chape is stapled to the scabbard and painted khaki as was also common (National army Museum 8402-68) p. 13."
2. British & Commonwealth Military Knifes, by Ron Flook states, pp. 198-199;
"Plate 472 - Very few of these kukris have been observed. As will be noted the blade has no fullers or blade notch and the grips are very basic. This example is stamped on the blade SIRAJ 43 and the hilt is stamped with very small letters S over 177."
"Plate 473 - This Kukri is of the same pattern as (472) but is unmarked and accompanied by a most unusual scabbard. This is made of wood with the throat strengthened with brass and fitted with a leather loop."
Images of these texts are available on Gurkha Antiques Facebook page.
The Kukri that Gurkha Antiques carries here is thus as desribed and of particular interesst is highlighted above. The Kukri as described in plate 472 would be the same and the scabbard as mentioend in 473. POssible stamp on back of scabbard as shown in picture below.
Atleast two the same Kukri model that are known are provinanced to a British Paratrooper Officer whom served with British Indian Army `s Special Forces in WW 2. The Kukri may have been used by the 153 Gurkkha Parachute Battalion or any other British India Special Forces Units operating in the Burma campaign, possibly in the Chindits, 1943-1944. It must have been made in a small batch as very few seem to exist.
This Kukri is in either way a most rare and highly unusuall knife that has a rich history behind it .