2016-17 British Standard Issue (BSI #2) Kukri
For 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” khukuri knife 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.
BSI#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
KHHI also supplies the following Promotional Materials with every shipment:
- KHHI Warranty Card [1 year Guarantee + Lifetime Warranty]
- KHHI Brochure [Company's profile, its websites, products and related] Info leaflet [Info of Gurkhas and Khukuri]
- KHHI Manual [Tips and techniques on handling, maintaining and using a Khukuri]
- Design Khukuri Pamphlet [Custom-design your own khukuri/ knife through KHHI]
- Letter from MD [An official letter addressed by the MD himself to the buyer]
- Letter of Declaration [Letter of authenticity and confidence declared by FHAN (Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal)]
- 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
Give us your valuable review on our items.
the jewel and a cherished relic of our household.
Dear Saroj Lama Tamang,
I purchased a "2016-17 British Standard Issue (BSI #2) kukri” from you (KHHI Nepal) back in October of 2017.
It’s truly a pleasure to own this wonderful Kukri!! I would like to thank you again for it! This KHHI kukri is the jewel and a cherished relic of our household. We often show it off to friends and guests with great pride. We also talk about what a Kukri is and who the fearless Gurkha are.
Thank you and Namaste,
Győző Zsitnyányi from Hungary :)
Date: 31st July, 2019
Gyozo Zsitnyanyi Hungary
sales ID 22448
I am so very pleased with the arrival of my Khukuri. I have had great respect for the culture in Nepal since I was a young boy. To finally have a Khukuri handmade by a Kami from Nepal is such a great honor. It sits high above all else in my household to watch over my young girls and wife. I feel a great sense of pride and balance while grasping the blade and running the sheath through my fingers. Thank you so much for this beautiful tool, it is so much more to me than a knife. I fully intend on making another purchase very soon.
Thank You Kindly,
Date: 18th July, 2019
Jake Steele California, United States
This Morning I received my BSI #2, to add to my Mini Jungle Gurkha.
Please pass on; "Thank you, Job very well done: Very Happy Client" to both
Mangaldhan Biswakarma - BSI #2 and
Rakhu Dev Bishwakarma - Mini Jungle Gurkha.
I hope to use both of them in such a way that best defines the qualities these craftsmen put into the blades.
I am happy with all aspects of the orders. Sheath/s, stands, add ons etc.
Thank you to all there for the quality product and quality service throughout.No doubt, in time I shall order again.
Many many Thanks
p.s. Thank you also for the extra KHHI display stand.
Date: 7th March, 2019
Today I received my Kukri from the DHL couriers.I thank you all the team members for the efforts you all have made to make this kukri reach to me in the most genuine condition.The gift from Nepal just made my day.I feel really happy and thankful to you all KHHI.It was a great pleasure doing business with you people.The whole system very responsive and therefore I'd love to get back to KHHI for my future orders as well because I'm an all time a Gurkha Culture fan be it khukri or the Nepalese attire like the Cap...I wish to reach out to KHHI to fulfill my requirements to know the culture further and better...
Date: 14th September, 2018
Dear Sirs and Ladies.
Yesterday I received my Khukuri BSI-2 2016-17. Thank you very much, outstanding work!! Please forward my greetings and thanks to Mr. Chandra Bahadur Darnal!!
Date: 12th September, 2018