GI2 (Gurkha Issue 2nd)
For hardcore Gurkha fans and for serious kukri collector, it would also not disappoint a harsh kukri user..
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.
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 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 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 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)