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)” from the “Gurkha Knives (Standard Issue)” category 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.
A soldier retains his “Service Ceremonial” throughout his army career (Other ranks) as a soldier and is a prize possession after retirement
Service Ceremonial has a simple basic khukuri blade with brass fixtures. It has Buffalo Horn handle fitted to go with the boots and belt of a carrying soldier. The 10.5” long blade is highly polished to go with the shinny patent leather scabbard. 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. A rat tail tang goes through the handle (hidden) which is peened over at the brass pommel (butt cap). A protective brass chape (tip) is also fitted in the scabbard for support and good look. Two accompanying knives “Karda (Small Knife)” and “Chakmak (Sharpener)” are also highly polished.
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 mainly a decorative kukri to honor the most formidable soldiers, a collectible item of the legendary Gurkhas and an iconic souvenir with historic significance and country’s pride to take back home as a memento to pay one’s respect and tribute to the Gurkhas, or even as gift for loved ones from Nepal that no other things could compete or surpass.
Size of blade: 10.5 inch
Materials: Patent leather scabbard, water buffalo horn handle, 2 x small knives
Origin: KHHI, KTM, Nepal
- 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