GI3 (Gurkha Issue 3rd)

GI3 (Gurkha Issue 3rd)

a tribute to the legandary 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 120.00

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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. ::

 

Specification

  • Blank price (USD): 235.00
  • 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

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]
  • 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)]

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Custom mk2

A wonder of perfection custom mk2 6 mm thickness blade thank you Khukuri House and the designer the artisan the artist Mister Santosh Rasaili.

gi3 kukri

Date: 29th August, 2020

serge campailla France


stem from quality control

After being so impressed by the Aitihasik Khukuri I had ordered, I decided I would try my hand at a Panawal Khukuri. These were known to be quite robust and would be able to take a beating.

Although it’s possible that the design goes back much further, it has been greatly evidenced as at least in part being influenced by British modification to the traditional Parowal design. This greatly strengthened the connection from the blade to its handle while also moving the balance point closer to one’s hand. In theory, this makes for a much livelier blade, although adding a bit to its overall weight.

The Model I ended up deciding on was the GI3 Khukuri. Due to its historical Wartime significance and also due to its similarities in blade length to the Aitihasik Khukuri, it made an ideal comparison blade to test.

Customer sent review photo for GI3 khukuri

Handling

In hand the Khukuri does feel a bit quicker than its Aitihasik counterpart, not by much but enough to be noticeable. One is able to maneuver the blade around without having to worry about overextending oneself. The additional weight is barely noticeable, while it does feel to have a bit more heft to it. This is a Khukuri that was designed to take a lot of punishment and keep going.

Cutting

While almost identical to its Parowal Counterpart, the shift in balance does affect its cutting ability. While going through a single Tatami mat was no problem for either Khukuri. Going through 3 rolls Tamati Mats is where one notices a difference in its ability to cut. The GI3 did not perform quite as well as its Parowal counterpart. While the Aitihasik was able to go cleanly through 99% of the 3 Rolled Tatami mats, the GI3 Panawal was only able to go approximately 2/3 of the way through the mats.

There is a logical reason for this though. Balance. When comparing near identical blade designs in a cutting test there are usually two big factors that come into play. Speed and Mass. With the Parowal type Tang the mass of the blade is shifted closer to the tip of the blade, this effectively moves its balance and center of impact closer to the tip of the blade. This means that while one will be getting a similar speed with either type of Khukuri it’s the combination of speed and additional mass at the center of the impact that makes a huge difference. With the GI3, and the Panawal design; while the handle itself is much more robust. It comes at a sacrifice of overall cutting ability.

For all practical purposes its cuts well enough to kill and cause significant damage to its target. However, it does not cut as well as its Aitihasik Khukuri counterpart. The larger Tang on the GI3 effectively moves the balance of the khukuri approximately 1.5” toward the handle. For a weapon that has a 13” blade, this is a little over 10% of a shift in where the mass and balance of the weapon is. What this means is that all other things being equal (Speed, geometry, etc) when you take speed and mass together into account it translates into a significant difference in the amount of power that is translated at the center of impact to one’s target. Thereby reducing its overall cutting ability.

While the khukuri itself is actually heavier and has a little bit more mass. The mass toward the handle has shifted its balance to being closer to the handle.

Fit & Finish

This is the department where I am not near as impressed as I was with the Aithasik, while the blade itself and handle construction is beautiful and clean. Mine came with orange rust inside the grooves of the blade. While I understand this will happen over time, and with use. For a brand new Khukuri, I do feel that rust should not be on the blade.

In terms of the blade itself that was my only issue. The polish of the handle and wood used is stunning, to say the least. And the Blade feels great in hand.

My biggest issue comes not with the blade, but rather with its scabbard. While the fit is superb (Better that the Aitihasik actually). The Chape on the tip of the scabbard is where my biggest issue is. It does not sit flush with the sheath. In fact, there is a large 7mm gap on one side, and 3mm gap on the other. As if the chape was not made to fit that particular scabbard. Or the wood of the scabbard was not carved to fit the chape. While it is glued on tight enough, the gap means that it snags on clothes (Sometimes damaging clothes), and because it catches on things over time it is certain to fall off.

In addition, because of the gaps in the chape, there is a very real possibility that over time and use, dirt, moisture, etc. will get caught inside and cause the leather and wood of the scabbard to rot. The only real fix to the problem that I can see is to take the chape off or have a chape properly made to fit the scabbard. Unfortunately, the only option I can see within my means is to take the chape off. Quite a shame as the chape really helps with the overall aesthetic of the Khukuri.

GI3 kukri photo by Ian Alexander

Overall

The GI3 Khukuri is still a wonderful Khukuri and I would still recommend it. It is super durable and under heavy abuse would last far longer than its Parowal counterparts. The Blade itself is lively, and its design is quite beautiful. My issues with this Khukuri stem from quality control. With the two areas. The rust in the groove of the Khukuri, and the Chape on the scabbard being such a poor fit. If these two areas were addressed and fixed, I would have no problem fully recommending this Khukuri.

Ian Alexander, Renshi Rokudan (6th Dan) ITMAF & I Teki Ken Dojo
Muso Shinden Omori Ryu

Date: 23rd August, 2020

​Ian Alexander Northern Alberta, Canada


Dear Sir, thank you for my Khukuri which arrived safe, and very quick. I am very pleased with it, and the craftsmanship that has been put into it. I served with the Ghurkas, in Malaysia and Singapore 61-63, when I was in the Royal Marine Commandos, and I have the greatest respect for them. They were our True Brothers in Arms. When I am ready to place another order, I will definitely come back to you again. I would like to own a Sirupate, but a traditional one rather than a modern version.

Thank you once again, my kindest Regards, and Respect, Robert.

Date: 28th February, 2020

Robert Scollick United Kingdom


My G13

I got my new GI3 today and it is Fantastic. Very happy with it THANK YOU so much. As soon as the snow melts a bit I'll be taking it out . Again thank you.

Date: 5th February, 2020

David Ferguson 1986 Red Crow RD Victor Mt


very beautiful. very strong

Dear khhi,

I gotten a Khukuri knife. It’s a very beautiful. very strong. And very nice. I am very happy.

Thank you very so much.

Sincerely yours,
Paul müler

paul muler review on gi3 kukri

 

Date: 16th February, 2019

Paul Müler


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