Operation Iraqi Freedom (Patriotic) kukri; a lethal knife for hardcore soldier
Operation Iraqi Freedom Khukuri (OIFK) is a special and unique khukuri (knife) made by KHHI nepal designated for the soldiers serving in Iraq. It is obviously not an issued knife but can be carried by interested soldiers. It is especially created to be a part of the warfare kit carried by the troops of the coalition force. A belief in Nepalese culture as “Kukri” being the protector because of its religious and practical values may possibly play a role in encouraging or stabilizing the minds and mission of the soldiers in the front line.
This kukri blade is basically the “World War” version (private purchase) used by Gurkhas during world war days however, with an improvised finishing. Unlike its siblings, the blade is semi-polished and has a fuller or chirra from tip to the notch area on its surface level/panel. It is designed so to give more strength and durability to the width of the blade while in use and at the same time cuts down the unnecessarily weight of blade as in the I-beams concept. The curvature will also give much needed support to the flat surface for heavy duty work as it absorbs the direct impact felt by the edge of the blade. It is a display of true craftsmanship as it is the hardest to craft. The unpolished blade also skips the long machinery process of getting polished and as a result the temper stays on resulting into stronger edge/bevel and additional sharpness.
The handle of this kukri is made like that of the famous “Panawal” version where the full flat tang goes all the way through the handle and aluminum rivets are fitted to strengthen the whole fixture. The metal tang can also be clearly seen at the two sides of the handle. Both, bolster and pommel are also made in steel to give strength and better look. An extra effort is put to make the handle from white Indian rosewood to match the scabbard and uniforms of the troops.The handle has a typical kukri profile.
Like its handle, the sheath of this knife is also made in cream (Off White) color leather to give a uniform look and stay with the desert color theme. The color also gives a perfect camouflage to dodge the eyes of enemies. The sheath is durable and displayable as well.
The kukri has engraving in one side of the blade; “OIFK" to dedicate this special unique knife to the cause and mission of the war.
(PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ENGRAVING IS DONE ONLY ON REQUEST WHEN ORDERING THIS KNIFE)
Materials / Features:
- Cream/off white leather sheath,
- riveted full flat tang white/cream rosewood handle,
- fuller/groove in the blade,
- thigh lanyard loop-tip,
- twin belt loops,
- 2 x small knives - KARDA (small knife) CHAKMAK (sharpener)
ORIGIN: Khukuri House (KHHI nepal), Kathmandu, Nepal (released on 23rd Aug 2007)
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)]
- Actual Weight (gm): 685
- Overall weight (gm): 900
- Shipping weight (gm): 1300
- Blade finishing: Semi Polished
- Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
- Blade material: 5160
- Place of Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
- Blade thickness (mm): 9
- Handle finishing: Unpolished
- Sheath: Cream/off white leather
- Released date of KHHI Nepal: 2007-08-23
- Tang type: Full Flat
- Fixture: Iron
- Edge grinding: Semi convex
- Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
- Blade (panel) Grinding: Chirra
- Function: Heavy Duty, Lethal, Military, Fighting, Combat, Jungle warfare, Collection, Attacking
Give us your valuable review on our items.
Got my delivery today very happy thank you so much it was a big decision for me to choose as you are well aware there are some dodgy Khukuri makers. I am so impressed with the quality and craftsmanship i will have to be nice to my wife so i can buy more from you guy's so a big thank you again.
Date: 12th February, 2020
Steve Hooton Australia
Love this one!!! A absolute workhorse! A blade you can trust .
photo of my normal iraqi while bowhunting
Date: 23rd January, 2020
The kukri itself is stunning
I was looking at buying an authentic kukri from Nepal for a while. After a few conversations with the guy at KHHI Nepal, I decided to go with them. I was very pleased I did, they helped every step of the way the customer service is excellent, even after receipt. Even delivery times are fair (bearing in mind they are handmade and Nepal is a very long way away from the U.K.). The kukri itself is stunning, a very well made piece that will undoubted serve not only myself, but generations to come. If you are looking for a kukri I would advise you to give KHHI serious consideration. I was certainly not disappointed. Richard
Date: 12th May, 2019
Richard Swoboda, UK
Hi , i have recieved my Kukri today and i am very pleased with it .
Well packaged and no damage and delivered very quickly .
Craig Pauley, UK (Sale ID / Warranty #: 15287 P1 )
Date: 8th November, 2018
Craig Pauley London, United Kingdom
Bought one in 2012 as a present for a friend and he swears by it. It stands up to heavy chopping tasks and maintains a good edge despite heavy abuse.
Date: 4th November, 2018