World War (Historic)
This old army kukri model was preferred and used by Gorkha soldiers in World War 2..
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.
The 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 >>