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GI3 (Gurkha Issue 3rd)

GI3 (Gurkha Issue 3rd)

a tribute to the legendary soldier and his beloved knife, reproduction of the original war kukri; GI3 is the KHHI’s version of MK2 (Military Kukri 2)..

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USD 102.00 120.00

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): 13
  • Handle Size (in): 4.5
  • Handle Material: Rosewood
  • Blank price (USD): 195.00
  • Blank weight (gm): 750
  • Actual Weight (gm): 700
  • Overall weight (gm): 885
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1300
  • 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: Full Flat
  • Fixture: Iron
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
  • Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
  • Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
  • Materials: leather
  • Function: Attacking, Heavy Duty, Defending, Gift, Lethal, Military, Fighting, Combat, Show Piece, Collection
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GI3 (Gurkha Issue 3rd) / world war military kukri 2 (MK2) >>

An exclusive and excellent kukri by KHHI, a true legendary and historic world war (WW) knife that carved the history by its decisive (key) swing. It is with its power and employ that the Gurkhas *(British Indian Gorkha back then) earned a fearsome and respectful reputation as the most formidable soldiers on Earth.

GI3, a Gurkha Issue kukri, is one of the many standard service issue of post WW1 and particularly of WW2 (2ND WORLD WAR 1944-45). The name GI3 is given so because of KHHI’s deep research on Military Kukris point to the fact that this kukri knife most probably falls in the 3rd number of the series of Gurkha kukri issued to British Indian Gorkhas back then. Officially starting and counting from 1857 after the Great Indian Mutiny (Delhi Siege) where the Gurkhas earned high respect and recognition from their British counterparts. It is our belief that GI3 arguably falls in 3rd serial number as the official service issue to the Gurkhas by the British authority. Here we can say that GI3 kukri is the KHHI’s version of MK2 (Military Kukri 2) which is already quite popular amongst buyers and collectors. GI3 kukri as a repro version but slightly changed (improved) to comply with the modern times and need.

GI3 was in good production and already issued to the soldiers by 1915 (pre and during WW1). This continued until at least 1944-45 making it as the largest military issue kukri ever used (produced) by Gurkhas. This large quantity because the strength of soldiers were significantly increased, sometimes 4-5000 heads per enlistment, for imminent war objectives and threats. This standard service kukri was initially manufactured by many local companies and individuals in India like the DHW, RGB, E Boota & Sons. Later, pre and during WW2, well known companies like ATD (Army Traders Dahradun), MIL, Pioneer Calcutta, Queera Bros and others produced in massive scale to keep up with the military demands. (Please be notified that all these name of companies have been taken from the engravings or stampings found in the original MK2s). Most GI3s would have stampings like the name of the manufacturer or inspector, manufacturing or inspection date, company/regiment initials etc and an arrow mark pointing up to symbolize official or authorized issue. Many variants of GI3 kukri were seen like the M43 in its hay days. This is probably due to involvement of many companies, makers and suppliers rushing the production to meet the high demand.

GI3 or MK2 Kukri Profile >>

BLADE >>The unpolished blade is 13 inch long with deep belly and broad main body, curved shaped with almost flat shoulder (Peak). It has a typical re-curve shape of a kukri from the history however handle is significantly modified from its ancient siblings.

typical (full tang) panawal handleHANDLE >> A distinctive handle where the tang is flat, goes all the way through the handle and fixed with two rivets on both sides. This type of handle is called the “Panawal” version. It is quite a significant off track from the historic and classic kukris originated in Nepal. The wooden handle also curves downward as it finishes towards the butt cap. Steel fixtures are used to enhance the fitting process. The handle and its fixtures are polished unlike the blade (unpolished). Two large rivets are used to secure the scale fixture.

SCABBARD >> GI3 has a regular leather case in military style with a protective steel chape. The interior wooden box is flat and wrapped by black colored water buffalo hide. The leather frog has twin belt loops at the back for the belt to go through and a fasten-up leather string to tie the two ends of the frog. Two small regular knives are discarded.

Gurkhas with GI3 in Mesopotamia 1918GI3, a superb hardcore army knife, a historic service kukri from the WW era, is also a very useful and peaceful cutting/utility knife. It can be used for any activities, minor or major, that involves cutting and slicing, be it inside or outside the domestic parameters. Nevertheless since the knife carries so much history and honor KHHI highly recommends this master piece for collection or decoration as a remarkable and a commemorative historic symbol.

*Gurkha before the India independence were called “GORKHA”

Materials / Features: Water buffalo leather scabbard, full flat tang riveted curved wooden handle, twin belt loops frog
ORIGIN: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal (released on 1st Jan 2009)

:: GI3 is also available under PRIMITIVE Khukuri Making. Here the khukuris are made in age-old making methods, using rare natural raw materials, with bare hands and pure skill of an highly expert Kami. Learn more and buy Primitively made kukris. :: Click on 'Primitive Version' button to place your order ::

KHHIs version of mk2-kukri

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Karl Sartin Verified Buyer

Bridgend, Wales

Date: 3rd April, 2024


Finishing as described:

Customer Service:


Yes, the knife is OUTSTANDING. KHHI are OUTSTANDING. Delivery to UK was OUTSTANDING. Guess what? I am OUT(side)STANDING with my workhorse kukri-axe too. ???

Salim Suleman Verified Buyer

Potomac, Maryland, USA

Date: 11th August, 2023

G13 with 5.5 inch petty knife(custom order)

I received my g3 khukri with a 5.5 inch patty knife in record time. The construction of the khukri is phenomenal. It is ver well balanced and surprisingly wieldable. The handle is very well made and riveted to the full tang handle so it won’t break under chopping stress. I recently broke two machetes while chopping. The edge is very hard while the spine is not. I am quite interested in how it will perform based upon the hardening process as seen on YouTube meanwhile the quality of the khukri, knife and sheath is very good and sturdy. I am very pleased with my purchase and the communication from Usha.

Jeremy Dominguez Verified Buyer

Date: 12th July, 2023

Got in my kukuri in the mail and was in shock how flawless the craftsmanship was.Not to mention was razor sharp and worth every penny!

Jeremiah Vires Verified Buyer

Date: 11th June, 2022

Bad ass knife

Just got mine today! Am very impressed with the fine craftsmanship. I'm proud to own such an amazing knife and would recommend anyone to get one themselves. If you're unsure about it at all, let this be the review that tells you, it's very VERY much worth the price and i fully intend on getting more blades from these fine people.

valerijus kozlovskis Verified Buyer

Isleworth, London

Date: 23rd April, 2022


very good-got it last year December -kami name is ''O''

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