World War (Historic)

World War (Historic)

This old army kukri model was preferred and used by Gorkha soldiers in World War 2..

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USD 65.00

USD 38.28

Delivery: Estimated between Aug 17, 2024 and Aug 27, 2024

Item Location: Nepal

Return: 14 days return policy.

Default Specification

  • Blade Size (in): 11
  • Handle Size (in): 5.5
  • Handle Material: Rosewood
  • Blank price (USD): 160.00
  • Blank weight (gm): 650
  • Actual Weight (gm): 625
  • Overall weight (gm): 825
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1175
  • Blade finishing: Polished
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade material: 5160
  • Place of Origin: Dharan, Eastern Nepal
  • Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
  • Blade thickness (mm): 10
  • Handle finishing: Polish
  • Sheath: Water buffalo leather
  • Tang type: Rat-Tail
  • Fixture: Brass
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
  • Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
  • Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
  • Function: Attacking, Defending, Hunting, Lethal, Military, Combat, Regular Work, Trekking
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World War Kukri (Historic); personal favorite of Gurkha heroes

History, background and importance of World War Kukri used by British Indian Army (Gukhas-Gorkhas)

Since the formation of 1st Gurkha Military unit back in early 19th century many kukri knives have come into limelight and countless legendary tales attached to it. The World War version is one of the many used by Gurkhas towards the end of 2nd world war period. The documented sources do not really point to the fact that it was issued then but because of its more effective size, shape and weight Gurkhas were individually found widely using the kukri during the war torn days. Particularly it is learnt that Gurkhas used to bring this kukri from their villages when returning back from their official leave. When their official issue got lost, damaged or stolen then it was replaced by this privately purchased (acquired) model.

world war kukri in war daysThe historic and commendable relationship of Gurkhas and British has come a very long way that in fact began with horrific violence and intense battle only to turn into mutual understanding, friendship and brotherhood. Both parties were fascinated by the khukuri and when British decided to make it a part of standard gears of a Gorkha it swiftly earned a friendly and fearsome reputation and more so important became a very battle-cum-domestic utility knife. The same story goes with the World War; one of the many khukuris used by Gurkhas that famed them into glory and victory.

"World War (Historic)" kukri is a very common and famous khukuri in the local market of Nepal. It later appeared in early 1980’s when makers made this kukri believing it was issued and used by Gurkhas in World War days, and hence named so. The khukuri was such a success probably because of its appealing name, shape and size, it quickly stormed the khukuri market and within a year it was seen being made by all local and international makers. Ironically, KHHI’s deep study and research does not lead to the fact that it was actually issued and/or officially supplied. The shape, style, size and structure heavily vary than the original issued versions. This World War version was more like a preferred knife of the Gurkhas since they bought and brought on their own for service. Nevertheless it cannot be completely ruled out since the documented sources are very sketchy and imprecise itself. There are few old images from the world war era that show the kukri in action/service.

Making of World War Kukri (Historic) by Khukuri House , KHHI

This 11 inch long kukri knife has a beautiful shape with no peak in the back edge. The belly is small and enlarges as it moves towards the head-point portion. The knife carries much of its weight at the front area but nonetheless the over-all weight is well balanced and effective. The blade is well polished and is fitted with a regular wooden handle. The rat tang of the blade goes through the handle and is peened over at the brass pommel cap at the base of the hilt. Brass metal is used to make the bolster and butt cap.

World War Khukuri has a basic sheath made from wooden frame in inside and wrapped with buffalo hide from outside. A simple single shoe leather (2mm) loop frog is fitted, for the belt to go through.

It comes with two traditional accompanying knives, KARDA (the small utility knife) and CHAKMAK (the sharpener).

Size of Blade :11 Inch approx.
Material/Features :Water buffalo leather scabbard, Indian rosewood handle, 2 x small knives 
Origin :Dharan, Eastern Nepal


:: This Kukri model is also available under our Primitive Wing. Here this kukri is made in primitive methods; by pure skill, bare hands and natural raw materials. To learn more and buy under this age-old making method click Primitive Khukuri Making  also u can order directly by clicking on the 'Primitive Version' button above::


Some old photos of 'World War Khukuri' being used and showcased by Gurkhas during the World War time >>

World War kukri with Gorkhas

World War in Gurkha's hand


Intro Video of World War Kukri >>


Reviews (15)

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Curtis Fox Verified Buyer

Estes Park, Colorado, USA

Date: 20th May, 2024


Finishing as described:

Customer Service:

My favorite Blade

I have three kukris from 3 different makers...This on by Khukuri House. ( World War Historic). is my favorite...its the most balanced, the lighest and well made of the three... Its was also half the price of other ones that I bought. Highly recommend

Lee Goodman Verified Buyer

Date: 13th December, 2023

Quality workmanship

I had this blade delivered a while back now, it is amazing the same as my previous purchase. Have no doubts about this company the quality workmanship is second to none and I will be making further purchases in the future.

Christopher Tucker Verified Buyer

Amesbury Wiltshire, England

Date: 19th March, 2023

13" World War (Raw) Historic

Firstly, A very humble apology to KHHI and mainly to master craftsman Mangaldhan Biswakarma. Never doubt the craftsman or their work. When i received this khukuri i was convinced it was wrong ( STUPID westerner ideology ). Now having used it i can honestly say Thank you for creating a khukuri that i have been looking for, for me this khukuri is perfect. It will chop, it will slice and cut. this IS a one khukuri for all, from chopping wood for shelter building to making very very fine shavings for fire starting, it does it all with relative ease. I have decided to name this khukuri ( The Teacher ) as i have already learned a few very important lessons, mainly, humility, thankfulness, acceptance and acknowledgement. I asked for the 13" World War Khukuri with a carved handle and Raw finish to the blade, it is Beautiful not to heavy for one handed use. every now and then i put all my 7 Khukuri's on the bed in line and choose which i would take if i could only choose one and i would always choose my 11" World War ( historic ) over all the others Untill now, I would choose both the 11" as a backup and the 13" as my go to Khukuri. Thank you for MY perfect Khukuri, there is one for everyone, this is MINE. The only problem i have with it is that i must handle it and admire it every day, it just feels as though it belongs in my hand. the Chakmak, karda and dap ( sheath ) are excellent and have used them ith great results. I am very happy to be the proud student to this Khukuri.

Marcus Tze Verified Buyer


Date: 1st December, 2022

Dear Usha.

Thanks for reaching out again.  The package arrived on Tuesday, nicely packaged.

5 stars for sales, support and delivery.

I've only unwrapped the World War (historic) since the Budhune (classic) is a gift to a friend.

Don't know how to rate my khukiri as this is my first experience with one.  It is pretty.  Actually too shiny for me (prefer a "working" look over "show"), not as sharp as I expected (liability issue or wrong expectation on my part?) and the handle does not quite fit my hand. 
Again, just my opinions as I have never held a khukiri before in my hand.  I am thinking back decades ago on the 2 authentic parangs my dad had in Borneo.

When I am ready to purchase another, I may try a shorter, unpolished one.

serge campailla Verified Buyer

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Date: 28th December, 2021

Another wonderful custom World War (Historic) panawal Kukri by Master Rasaili fine blade 6 mm double chisel Scabbard too leather and Mr.Director Saroj lama Tamang always present to satisfy us. Love team .

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