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GI2 (Gurkha Issue 2nd)

GI2 (Gurkha Issue 2nd)

For hardcore Gurkha fans and for serious kukri collector, it would also not disappoint a harsh kukri user..


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USD 89.25 105.00

USD 38.28

Delivery: Estimated between Jun 24, 2024 and Jul 04, 2024

Item Location: Nepal

Return: 14 days return policy.

Default Specification

  • Blade Size (in): 15
  • Handle Size (in): 4.5
  • Handle Material: Rosewood
  • Actual Weight (gm): 800
  • Overall weight (gm): 1030
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1500
  • Blade finishing: Unpolished
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade material: 5160
  • Place of Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accompanying knives/B-up: None
  • Blade thickness (mm): 8
  • Handle finishing: Polish
  • Sheath: Water buffalo leather
  • Released date of KHHI Nepal: 2009-01-01
  • Tang type: Stick
  • Fixture: Iron
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
  • Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
  • Blade (panel) Grinding: Slope
  • Materials: leather
  • Function: Attacking, Gift, Lethal, Military, Fighting, Combat, Show Piece, Collection
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GI2 Kukri (Gurkha Issue 2nd) / a Gurkha kukri knife from pre to end World War (WW1/Great war) era ..

A fearsome, faithful and functional standard army knife that pave its way through to victory and glory encrypting its name into the history book forever. A reproduction version of KHHI nepal of this one of a kind awesome military issue, comes as vacuum filler in the huge collection of the amazing knife.

Gurkhas with GI2 early 1900's
History of GI2; military kukri 1 (MK1)

The Great Indian Mutiny in 1857 AD brought the British and Gurkhas closer than never before. Thereafter proper and standard military uniforms, gears and equipments were issued to each Gurkha Soldier as they were changed/upgraded to regular national army from so called local or back up army. GI2 was probably the second standard kukri issued to Gurkhas that initiated from very early of the 20th Century. The Great World War or 1st World War (WW1) enforced mass production of GI2 numbering into thousands. GI2 was seen in action in frontlines like Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, France, Egypt, Sharqat, Ypres, Loos and many more. Unlike the other GIs, GI2 is rarely marked or stamped. A few models have been seen stamped with “FW” letters which may be the inspection mark from “Fort William”. The actual production of this khukuri started from 1903 to 1915 till the end of the 1st World War. The kukri was extensively used by Gurkhas in the battle as their main weapon / armor as guns and ammunition were scarce and of poor quality. The deadly wrath of its edge not only help the British win many battles but also helped Gurkhas win several gallantry awards including the Victoris Cross (VC).


KHHI's version of the official 2nd issue Gurkha Kukri

Gi2 Khukuri

 

The Blade
GI2 is a very large and heavy kukri measuring almost 15” long (blade only). Since the user had to rely on the knife as the main back up weapon the long blade was specifically designed to attack, not to defend. The shape is also unusual; more straight, broad panel and flat belly. Its a heavy version objected to finish the job in one single stroke.


The handle
the most interesting part is the handle; very short compared to the very long blade (relatively). Some original pieces are half tang where as some are secured by knots from the butt end. Our GI2 has stick tang that is secured by steel keeper at the butt section, done to make the handle fixture strong and reliable. Butt cap is completely discarded as the originals. The wooden handle is fat and straight with thick circular ridge made for easier grip. 


The Scabbard 
The scabbard is made from black buffalo hide. It has flat inner wooden frame underneath as any traditional format. A brown colored frog is used to probably match it with the belt and holster of the carrying soldier. Like any other GIs, both small knives (Karda /Chakmak) are discarded.


Materials / Features: Water buffalo leather scabbard, Indian rosewood handle, Brown leather frog
ORIGIN: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal (released on 1st Jan 2009)

 

Variants of the GI2 kukri (MK1)Gorkhas-with-GI2-khukuris

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David Bellwood Verified Buyer

Sandown, New Hampshire, USA

Date: 9th September, 2022

Beautiful Beast

Wish I could give this kukri 10 stars. The build quality is amazing !! Rakchhu Dev Biswakarma is definitely a master of his craft . From the knife to the sheath beautifully made. Thank you so much will definitely be ordering and requesting another build by him. Happiest customer, Dave Usa


William R Greene Verified Buyer

North Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States

Date: 20th June, 2021

Awesome!

KHHI and their wonderful employees produced a beautiful mk1 gi2 kukri for me. The attention to detail and the finishing is first rate. The outstanding kami Mangaldhan once again has given me a flawless knife.Many thanks to Saroj and his team. Don’t hesitate to use this firm for your future projects… you won’t be disappointed!


Levente Szarka Verified Buyer

Date: 14th December, 2018

BOK 322

Dear KHHI!

I received the Khukuri GI3. It's a real military knife, simple, and handy. I bought it to my collection, but... I must try this khukuri in the filed! 

Let me write some words about my GI2 khukuri. The GI2 was my first "historical" khukuri. When I first hold it in my hand I felt, it isn't a hobby knife, or a utility knife, it's a weapon. It's a one hit - one kill weapon. It was a first class combat knife in 1915. Nowadays it has limits. I have a citation about Gurkhas and the GI2:

"The field of fire in front of the battalion (4. South Wales Borderers) trenches was by no means good on account of the thick scrub in front of it, so a request was sent to the Gurkhas for the loan of a few Kukris. After dark a party of officiers and men from the battalion issued out to cut the brushwood, but being quite unused to these formidable weapons, their efforts were most pathetic and they could make no headway at all. A further appeal was made to the Gurkhas and next evening 100 of them were sent over and working under cover of a party sent out by the battalion, they cleared the way in good style and soon got over that difficulty." (Rodney Ashwood: Duty Noble Done - The South Wales Borderers at Gallipoli 1915)

And an ANZAC joke from Gallipoli:

"A Gurkha and a Turk ... met face to face one day during battle. The Turk fired and missed the Gurkha and the latter threw his kukri at him. The old Turk said "missed that time Johnny". "You shake your head and see,"said the little warrior..."(Peter Stanley: Die in battle do not despair - The Indians on Gallipoli 1915)

So I've got another excellent khukuri! Thanks KHHI!

Best regards,
Levente Szarka


Levente Szarka Verified Buyer

Hungary

Date: 17th September, 2018

Dear Sir!

My order, arrived on friday. Everything was Ok. The GI2 khukuri is beautiful! A piece of history, the WW1 Khukuri!
(I've also ordered the Service No.1 Khukuri, but it was a perfect present to a friend, who also very satisfied with it.)

Thanks KHHI!

Best regards,
Levente


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