2016-17 British Standard Issue (BSI #2)

2016-17 British Standard Issue (BSI #2)

Is the original 2016-17 British Gurkhas Issue issued to the new recruits as their training, exercise, utility and even as a combat knife..

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  • Blade Size (in): 10.25
  • Handle Size (in): 5
  • Handle Material: Horn
  • Actual Weight (gm): 525
  • Overall weight (gm): 725
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1400
  • Blade finishing: Unpolished
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade material: 5160
  • Place of Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
  • Blade thickness (mm): 9
  • Handle finishing: Unpolished
  • Sheath: Buffalo black leather
  • Released date of KHHI Nepal: 2016-12-26
  • Tang type: Stick
  • Fixture: Brass
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
  • Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
  • Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
  • Function: Trekking, Defending, Domestic use, Hunting, Military, Outdoor, Combat, Jungle warfare
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Official British Standard Issue (BSI #2) Kukri for the year 2016-17; the Gurkha Knife

2016-17 BSI knifeFor 2016-17 a total number of 242 khukuris (126 new men) are demanded by BGN (British Gurkhas Nepal) for the new enlistment (intake) of 2016-17 in which each recruit is issued with 2 khukuris; Service NO.1 (Duty/Parade knife) and Service No.2 (Training/Exercise/Combat knife). A few extra khukuris are also ordered by BGN as stock or replacement. Since due to some unknown reason NO annual tender was done, the supplier to PRI shop is straightly handed over with the making job. KHHI got hold of one of the set and reproduced it with the exact specifics and profiles, made it even better and now is offering the EXACT same (in fact better) version for the public under the limited edition series.

BSI #2 khukuri is the original 2016-17 army issue issued to the new Gurkha recruits as their training, exercise and even as a combat knife. Since it is a limited edition series each blade is stamped with BSI 2016-17 NEPAL in one side and the serial number 001, 002 and so forth in each blade as the order goes on.

Brief late history >>
Unlike before starting from early 1990’s the British Gurkha Army for some reason started issuing 2 khukuris for each soldier /new intakes (which continues to this date). The sudden inclusion of “Service Ceremonial (no.1 khukuri)” in standard issue versions also brought the need and initiation for another rough utility knife for actually using that was later filled in by the Service No.2 or the utility knife, also known as the No.2 Sarkhari khukuri in army vocabulary. And consequently Service No.2 was made the second issue khukuri to all new recruits by army officials. Now from early 1990’s, like never before a new soldier would get 2 khukuri as per the choice and requirement of the army’s standard from the appointed local contractors. The same “Jungle” kukri that soldiers bought on the own in the past was upgraded and made a part of standard issued khukuris to the Gurkhas. This action by army is primarily executed to bring more uniformity and tidiness in the army, be it in “Parade” or in “raw Terrain”. Over the years the same khukuris with the same style, profiles and making process have been issued over and over although some light changes were felt amongst the issues (not intended) due to all knives being handmade (made by different makers) and made by various suppliers (contractors) in various places. The 2016-17 BSI #2 follows the same tradition persistent from 1990s which is as one of the issues of the year designated for training, exercise and even combat.

2016-17 BSI #2 KukriBSI#2 as a knife:

2016-17 British Standard Issue (BSI #2) Kukri is a totally unpolished full-size khukuri identical to Service no.1. Since it is designed for rough use finishing (shining) is not done either in the blade or handle. This also comes as an advantage to the khukuri as the total unpolished format enhances the cutting ability and durability of the blade as losing of temper is prevent by avoiding the long machinery process undertaken to polish a blade. The unpolished horn handle of the khukuri provides better grip and easier handling too. Some BSI#2 are also camouflaged by green cotton cloth or similar materials by soldiers for warfare to ensemble with their uniform and not to attract any unwanted attention. It has a basic black colored buffalo hide leather scabbard with twin belt loop frog as seen in the picture. Brass fixtures are fitted to complete (make) the khukuri. It is an all-out all-purpose utility knife that carries the history, and also has all the characters of an assault knife.

STAND: A FREE foldable display stand is included with the khukuri. This totally handmade wooden display stand comes flat as all of its arms can be removed and fixed as needed. Both the blade and sheath can be displayed together on the stand as shown in the photo. The famous Gurkha insignia (two khukuris crossed to one another) is fixed on the front part of the stand in a sunken way. The profile of the badge is first carved in and fixed to the stand so that both the badge and stand are in the same level.

Sheath: Buffalo black leather sheath with a carry frog and pointed brass tip, 2 loops and lace system vertical carry frog, MS accompanying knives [Karda (small game knife) and Chakmak (sharpener)]



Materials / Features:

  • Buffalo black leather sheath with a carry frog and pointed brass tip,
  • 2 loops and lace system vertical carry frog,
  • MS accompanying knives [Karda (small game knife) and Chakmak (sharpener)]

Blade size: 10.25 inches approx., 5160 HC steel, unpolished
Blade Thickness: 9-10 mm approx. till peak and tapers towards tip
Handle size: 4 inches approx. (water buffalo HORN section), Rat tail tang with brass fixtures unpolished
Weight: 520-35 gms approx. (Blade+Handle) Grinding: Full flat having “V” bevel

Watch the making of 2016-17 British Standard Issue (BSI #2) Kukri



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Awesome Craftsmanship

I have wanted a traditional khukuri for a long time and finally decided to order one. After doing research I decided on ordering from the khukuri house and iam so glad I did. I couldn't be happier with the final product. The shipping was very fast, I actually received my khukuri earlier than expected. Packaging was done very well. I was just amazed at the craftsmanship that goes into making the khukuri, and the sheath. Everything is just beautifully done. I tested it by doing some chopping on some 2" tree limbs and doing some log splitting and this blade performed flawlessly. Its everything I expected and more. This will be my go to woods blade from now on forsure. I would like to thank the craftsman that made my blade Chandra Bahadur Darnal for an excellent job! Makers mark "Z". I also ordered the edc blade and it is very well done as well and I will get a lot of use from it as well. I will definitely order from the khukuri house again and they will be one of my main go to for quality blades!

Date: 7th October, 2021

Brian Evans Taylor, Michigan, USA.

Thank you

Thank you soo much for the khukuri. The khukuri was too good with its looks and sharp blades. I liked it so much. It arrived in perfect condition. I would recommend other buyers to buy from you. Dherai dherai dhanyabaad ...

Date: 14th September, 2021

Amir Gurung Gurkha Company, Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom

Great knife(s) and the sheath is fine.

The blades were fantastic, they were done well the horn handles were nice and the sheath on the exterior looked good. The fitting is dangerous however I am quiet disappointed you have to push hard and it seems like the sheath does not go in, I pierced the top of my sheath the last thing I want to do is cut my fingers off trying to sheath it. I have figured out there is an angle you have to put the blade into the sheath it could be different on you're one, I eventually was able to get it in and out but I do feel it was too tight maybe it will wear in? This is a very very bad flaw and a dangerous one at the moment as it seems, but it might just be my one. I am a little disappointed. 4/5* because the knives were good but the sheath fitting could have been a little better. But these guys work hard day and night, thank you Bhakta BDR B.K for you're hard work. Thank you KHHI. I have two more coming I hope they will be better in terms of sheath fit.

I wrote an email about a sheath fitting complaint but the fault was mine. You have to place it in the right way. As far as the blades they were all excellent. 5* Review. Thank you BHAKTA BDR B.K Thank you KHHI Shamim Ahmed

Date: 26th August, 2021

Shamim Ahmed UK

Very Happy

Fantastic hand made knife. Feels great in the hand, although a little heavier than stated on the stats(585grams). The handle is beautifully done and very solid. The blade is nicely finished with a nice even distal taper and a good strong apple seed or convex edge. The scabbard has a nice quality feel to it, and the chakmak and karda are well done too in my opinion. My only small criticism is that the stamping on the blade was a bit messy and uneven and detracts a little from its appearance, but no big deal. Thank you to Rana Bahadur Biswokarma. Namaste.

Date: 7th August, 2021

Nigel Dinneen Scituate, Massachusetts, USA

Thank you so much for my fantastic Kukri!

Greetings from Scotland.. (home of fantastic whisky!) ..Thank you to all the people at the Khukuri house for my fantastic knife!!.. it sits on my military shelf with pride... thanks to Bhakta Bdr B.K (#4) for making such a fantastic blade ... I will order from you guys again.. and add some Nepal flags to my military shelf!!
Many thanks again
Craig G

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Date: 11th February, 2021

Craig G Scotland

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