GI2 Kukri (Gurkha Issue 2nd) / a Gurkha kukri knife from 1st World War (WW1) 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. The exact replicating by KHHI of this one of a kind awesome military issue comes as vacuum filler in the huge collection of the kukri world.
The history of GI2; military kukri 2 (MK2)
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.
KHHI's version of official 2nd issue Gurkha Kukri
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.
The handle >> However the most interesting part is the handle; very short compared to the very long blade (relatively). It has a rat tail tang that goes all the way through the handle and fixed by a diamond shape steel keeper. Butt cap is completely discarded. The wooden handle is fat and straight with thick circular ridge made for easier grip.
The Scabbard >> The scabbard is made from buffalo hide, painted black having flat inner wooden frame underneath it. 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.
GI2; for hardcore Gurkha fans and for serious kukri collector, it would also not disappoint a harsh kukri user.
Materials / Features: Water buffalo leather scabbard, Indian rosewood handle, Brown leather frog
ORIGIN: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal (released on 1st Jan 2009)
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): 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
- 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
Give us your valuable review on our items.
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!
Date: 14th December, 2018
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.)
Date: 17th September, 2018
Levente Szarka Hungary