Service No.1 (British Gurkhas Ceremonial)
The first standard issue khukuri of the British Gurkhas of the year 2009 worn by Gurkha soldiers on parade and on duty..
Service No.1 Kukri (British Gurkhas Ceremonial) Standard Issue Khukuri
It is one of the standard issue khukuris of the legendary British Gurkhas of the year 2009.
Service Ceremonial or Dress knife, and also known as the “No.1 Khukuri” in army vocabulary is a standard issue khukuri worn by Gurkha soldiers on parade and on duty. It is this modern day kukri that stupendously distinguishes a Gurkha from others and has become an integral part of a Gurkha’s official uniform.
KHHI’s extensive research into the standard issues of the Gurkhas has led to the opening of this new chapter (category) containing the standard issues of the year 2009 (current year) as in each year new khukuris are selected for new recruits through official tender. Basically the selected khukuris are from the same old template however the shape of the blade and some minute changes in the set may occur each year. The selection committee selects the best verifying all details from the requirements of the tender and the same is issued to all freshers.
At this time we cordially request you to see “Service Ceremonial (Dress Knife)” to find out more info on the “Service Ceremonial” kukri. It would briefly guide you to the formation and background of the knife.
Like its old counterparts the overall look of the khukuri is very shinny, from blade to handle to scabbard to the two small accompanying knives which is the reason why it is picked as the Dress Knife since smartness and discipline is very important,. However unlike its predecessors this Service Ceremonial has no “Nepal” and “Recruitment Date” stamped in the blade. The scabbard is made from high quality extra shiny pattern leather to furnish intense shininess and smartness to the uniform and the carrier himself in whole. Gurkhas also carry this khukuri on events like "Ceremonial Kukri Drill" and on special army occasions attended by high-ranking military officers, VIP dignitaries, honorable guests etc. During the presentation they withdraw the khukuri from scabbard and hold it out for the guest to inspect.
The blade of Service Ceremonial is very simple and has brass fixtures like other kukris, the blade is 10.5” long and is highly polished to match the shinny patent leather sheath. The blade unlike the previous ones is slightly broader and has a steep peak. The overall panel of the blade is wider comparatively to the earlier issues. The handle is made of Buffalo Horn and has a rat tail tang that goes through the handle till the end and is peened over by the brass pommel. The small knive “Karda and Chakmak (Sharpener) are also highly polished to match with the bigger blade. The patent leather frog is another aspect of the khukuri that has been changed. The adjustable “Brass Bottom” at the back of the frog is removed and replaced by black rivets (7 altogether in each loop; 3 pairs and 1 single).
Service Ceremonial is meant for parade or for gifts, it is a decorative kukri and not meant for work. Soldiers take them as memento when their tenure is completed as soldiers. It is also a souvinier or gift from Nepal
A soldier retains his “Service Ceremonial” throughout his army career (Other ranks) as a soldier and is a prize possession after retirement
Size of blade: 10.5 inch
Materials: Patent leather scabbard, water buffalo horn handle, 2 x small knives
Origin: KHHI, KTM, Nepal
The second standard issue of the British Gurkhas of the year 2009 "Service No.2 (British Gurkhas Training)"
- Actual Weight (gm): 575
- Overall weight (gm): 775
- Shipping weight (gm): 1125
- Blade finishing: Mirror
- Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
- Blade material: 5160
- Place of Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
- Blade thickness (mm): 9.5
- Handle finishing: polish
- Sheath: Patent black leather
- Tang type: Stick
- Fixture: Brass
- Edge grinding: Semi convex
- Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
- Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
- Function: Decoration, Gift, Military, Show Piece, Collection, Regular Work