Originally sold as a private purchase piece for mid-level to senior British Indian officers, this khukuri harkens back to the time prior to the end of the British Raj in India (1920-1935), a time when dignified style/status was something expected and meant for so called high ranking British Indian officers only. Believed to have been made in Dehradun, India in a standard facility of that time, the distinct Crescent stamp in the blade denotes the standard British officers’ rank. This khukuri showcases the highest level of skills of the craftsmen. It is very rare to have chirra/fuller during that time so the maker certainly wanted to do something different and make it special, same can be seen in the handle as well which is done pleasantly artistic. Although targeted for private purchase or as gift it is definitely a useable blade since it’s so well made keeping all attributes of a hardcore battle knife in mind.
This vintage khukuri is the joint venture between Michael Laidlow, Canada and KHHI Nepal, and the sole purpose is to reproduce exact version so that the beauty and essence of the original kukri is not limited to one person (owner) but for the whole mass to enjoy and take pride in it. The spectacular and unique work on the khukuri appeals to any observer and it plays an important role in the history and development of the modern khukuri we know today. This accurate reproduction of an original piece from the period, is beautifully detailed with polished buffalo horn handle, banded with engraved brass rings and butt cap, crescent stamp of the master craftsman and perfectly placed chirra (fullers) along the blade to add to the elegance and incredible light weight of the blade. Moreover the sheath is beautifully decorated by hand carved brass chape in tip/front section and artistically prepared brass plate mounted on the frog to give it a classic and stunning look. This vintage khukuri is a high-end product in every way and form. A must have for the discerning/serious kukri collectors.
Original piece owner:
Michael Laidlow is a collector and student of “Vintage & Antique Military Khukuri”, that are both beautiful, unique and are of historical significance; as well as innovative, modern khukuri designs. Grandson of a Canadian WW1 infantryman, his interest in khukuri grew from studying WW1 and the Gurkha soldiers that fought so bravely alongside their British Commonwealth Allies. Michael lives in Ontario Canada and is survived by a wife and is a full time knife enthusiast and collector.
HC 5160 hand made/forged
Blade: 12" approx
Handle: about 4.25" Horn, gentle inward curved
Thickness/Spine: 7/8 mm approx. around bolster (distal taper)
widest = 54 mm approx.
narrowest = 28 mm approx.
bolster = 34 mm approx.wt: 525 gms approx (v effective and balanced weight)
Mirror polished finishing
Decorated traditional black leather sheath with Vertical carriage frog
Materials / Features: Decorated traditional black leather sheath, Horn with carved brass binding handle, 3 x chirra (fuller) blade
Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal (released on 20th DEC 2017)
- Actual Weight (gm): 525
- Overall weight (gm): 700
- Shipping weight (gm): 1000
- Blade finishing: Mirror
- 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: Polished
- Sheath: Decorated traditional black leather sheath
- Released date of KHHI Nepal: 2017-12-20
- Tang type: Stick
- Fixture: Brass
- Edge grinding: Dual
- Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
- Blade (panel) Grinding: Chirra
- Function: Decoration, Gift, Lethal, Collection, Regular Work