2013 Standard Issue (Original Gurkha Kukri Knives)
Original handmade Gurkha kukri knives from KHHI for the official "Recruit Intake 2012 & 2013" of the BGN (British Gurkhas Nepal)
2012 / 2013 Standard Issue (Original Gurkha Kukri Knives)
KHHI is extremely pleased to have won the supply/make tender of BGN (British Gurkhas Nepal) for the recruit intake 2012 & 2013. We will carry on this honor and duty with utmost pride, care, confidence and enthusiasm.
Getting selected as 'maker' to Gurkhas (BGN)
In the long tradition of BGN (British Gurkhas Nepal) where an annual tender is done every year, lately in OCT-NOV, to appoint an official maker/supplier for its new recruits for that particular year, KHHI has successfully won the annual contract for various years and once again we are extremely pleased and honored to announce that we have been once again selected for the year 2012 and 2013. KHHI’s high quality kukris and its professionalism into the business beat all in the race and BGN officials were very happy to select KHHI yet again.
Now KHHI will be supplying/making a total number of 300 pieces of khukuri knives and 200 pcs of Gurkha Hat Badge for the “Recruit Intake 2013” in which each recruit will be issued with 2 khukuris and a Badge. Earlier KHHI supplied a total number of 252 pieces for the “Recruit Intake 2012” in which each recruit will be issued with 2 khukuris.
There is a total strength of 126 enlistments for this year. This continual winning of Annul Contract of BGN for the new Gurkha Recruits itself speaks for the level of superior quality and services KHHI delivers. Our sincere gratitude to all our customers and well wishers and the BGN staffs for their trust, support and business.
A few extra khukuris and badges have been ordered by BGN as stock or replacement. We have also decided to open the kukris for the general public acquirement. A few extra of the same standard issue kukris that are made for the contract are now available for purchase.
KHHI is very delighted, privileged, and further motivated to be appointed as the official maker and supplier to the legendary British Gurkhas for the years 2012 & 2013. We would like to express our deep gratitude and gratefulness to all our well wishers, supporters, and customers without whom KHHI would not have come this far. We would also like to thank all BGN staff for giving us this opportunity to serve the Gurkhas.
We have also decided to open the kukris for the general public acquirement. A few extra of the same standard issue kukris that are made for the contract are available for purchase.
Understanding two kukri knives issued (blade+handle+sheath):: Khukuris Profile
As you know by now there are two khukuris issued to a soldier. Both Gurkha Knives are original and made by KHHI for the official “Recruit Intake 2012 & 2013” of the Brigade of Gurkhas of the British Army. These two knives are:
- one is the Service No.1 or the Parade knife (British Gurkhas Parade, BGP),
- and the other is the Service No.2 or the Exercise knife (British Gurkhas Exercise, BGE).
Both blades are exactly same and identical and quite similar to its original version issued in late 1980’s called the “Service No.1 (Sarkhari Kukri)” however slightly thicker and wider thus heavier and the shape/curve differs marginally (not noticeable to a general eye). Similarly the brass bolster has lips slanted to the blade unlike the original and 2009 issue.
Like the original, it has a regular military (service) shape (that can be seen in the photo) and has water buffalo horn handle attached with brass fixtures. The blade and handle are both done finely and well polished to give an attractive look. Both knives come with two small accompanying knives called Karda (small utility knife) and Chakmak (sharpener). Both also come with military style frog with two belt loops at the back and lace-up style at the front.
The only thing differentiating Service No.1 or the Parade knife (BGP) and Service No.2 or the Exercise knife (BGE) is the scabbard it comes with. BGP has shiny patent leather sheath (see photo) and hence carried for parade, on duty and on ceremonial occasions where as BGE has Normal black leather sheath (water buffalo hide) and hence used as a tactical knife and carried for training, exercise and even for combat.
The rest features are exactly the same as their earlier counterparts.
Blade: 10.25 inch approx.
Thickness: 10 mm approx.
Handle: 5 inch approx.
Weight: 600 gms (blade + handle) approx.
Scabbard: Shiny patent leather (BGP) and Water Buffalo Hide (BGE)
Overall Weight: 775 gms approx.
Enclose: Both come with a frog, brass chape and two accompanying knives (Karda Chakmak), each blade is stamped with "KHHI 2012"
Materials / Features: Shiny patent leather (BGP), Water buffalo hide (BGE), Buffalo horn handle, Brass fixture, High carbon steel
[Please be notified that each blade will have/has “KHHI 2012” or "KHHI 2013" stamped in the ricasso area to denote the manufacturer of the kukri and the year of enlistment]
Complimentary (Includes FREE)
Original Cap Badge:
Along with the annual tender of khukuris for this year, KHHI has also won for the Official Cap Badge. KHHI will be supplying/making 200 pcs of Gurkha Hat/Cap Badge for the Recruit intake 2013. The cap bade will be proudly worn on each hat of the new Gurkha. Just like the Khukuri, a Gurkha Hat with the iconic Cross Khukuri badge has been the renowned symbol, pride and honor for all the legendary Gurkhas.
This extraordinary book written By Mike Chappell is one of the best books written on the “Gurkhas” dating back since the 18th century to the modern days. The book covers all the regimental histories, originations, stories and ranks with beautiful pictures. History of both the military exploits and everyday life of the Gurkhas, from their early service in the British Army to the Indian Mutiny through both world wars, as well as their later services after Indian Independence/Partition are all beautifully covered with B&W photos, drawings and sketches. It’s a must see for all Gurkha fans and fanatics.
This special display wooden stand engraved with Gurkha Regimental Badges is also offered in this buy. The stand is beautifully engraved by cnc technology with all the Old and Current regiments of the Brigade of Gurkhas as shown in the photo. The double mounted stand is handmade by using only conventional domestic tools. The lower hands hold the kukri and upper hands hold its scabbard horizontally. Britsh Gurkhas Parade, BGP will simply look amazing mounted on the stand for others to envy your collection. And the famous “Gurkha Motto” is on the base of the stand
- Queens Gurkha signals
- 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles
- 6th Queen Elizabeth Own Gurkha Rifles
- 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles
- 7th Duke of Edinburgh Own Gurkha Rifles
- Gurkha Transport Regiment
- Queen Engineer Regiment
** (PRICE INCLUDES BOTH KNIVES, 1 X ORIGINAL CAP BADGE, 1 X GURKHA BOOK and 1 X SPECIAL DISPLAY STAND for BGP) **