“Operation Enduring Freedom Khukuri” or OEFK is another outstanding frontline khukuri created by KHHI designated for soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The massive success of the OIFK (Operation Iraqi Freedom Khukuri) version and countless suggestions from thousands led to the invention of this one of a kind special and unique kukri that can play a key role as an effective fighting/combat knife and defensive/survival tool. Obviously it is not a standard issue knife but may be carried by an interested user/soldier as an essential part of his warfare kit just like a typical Gurkha soldiers who would not go out in a battle without his khukuri. With the ancient belief still going strong in Nepalese culture, where a khukuri is regarded as a safe keeper or a guarding angel it may be fair enough to assume that the OEFK would help stabilize and strengthen a soldier’s heart and mind spiritually, mentally and even practically.
Blade: A Typical “Jungle’ or “Training /Combat” knife shaped blade but the mounting peak is some what straightened for swift in and out draw. Unpolished so doesn’t reflect, only 10.5 inch long so carrying and movement is easier and faster.
Handle: Special handle used for combat, swiftness and safely. Typical khukuri shaped handle is replaced by KHHI’s exclusive handle where the top front portion is erected from the actual surface/level to protect the using handle; the erected contour will ensure the hand stays restricted within the handle so it can be prevented from slipping towards the sharp edge of the khukuri blade. The design and shape of the handle is crafted to give the best possible and fast handling. The full flat tang goes all the way through the handle, glued to the wooden pieces and further riveted to strengthen the whole fixture. The regular butt cap (pommel) is discarded but the naked tang pops out of the handle where a circular hole is made as a lanyard hole (wrist cord). White wood is used for the handle to match it or camouflage it with the uniforms of the soldier.
Back Up / Baby Knife: The usefulness and uniqueness of the kukri; featuring perfect size and excellent grip is further boosted and taken to a next level up by the addition of the extra utility back up knife, to perform just about any cutting activities; small or big, minor or major. The small straight knife, crafted much stronger and better than the regular companion of a kukri (Karda) makes possible to cut even the smallest things and cuttings. This back up knife or aspect will give the much needed support making the whole knife package more useful and worthy to have it in combat and harsh terrains.
Scabbard: The original (old) version of the scabbard (as depicted in the main photo) has been discarded because of some quality issues and thus has been replaced by natural hide (buffalo skin) after it goes through a chemical treatment (see side photo). As a result of it, the hide changes into a color/tone very similar to that of the combatant’s uniform and gears - giving a perfect camouflage look. The natural leather is not only more durable compared to the old version in which fabric was used but also provides a much better match to the dress code. Similarly a belt loop (see side photo) is fitted in the frog to tie the khukuri’s handle to prevent it from wobbling while the user is in motion, making the carriage very easy and comfortable. A lanyard loop is also kept in the tip of the scabbard to ease carriage and thus motion - where the user can fit a string and tie the scabbard to his thigh.
Materials: Buffalo leather scabbard (untainted and treated), riveted full flat tang white rosewood handle, 1 x back up knife