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Habib

I remember as a kiddie in Rockhampton, where my old man was OIC of the local CMF unit (42nd Btn), they had a visiting Gurkha detachment there for some exercise or something; I was hanging around the mess, and asked one of these Nepalese loons to see his knife- he pulled it out and handed it to me; when I gave it back he sliced his thumb before sheathing it and I screamed blue murder (aged about 8). An uncle had a similar experience in Borneo- on sentry one night in the jungle, he felt something cold against his throat while another hand felt the insignia on his collar. If the AIF badgework was missing, so would his head have been. The bastards are mad.

Yobbo

Ghurkas!

My Dad has a Ghurka knife at home...bought it in Nepal on his honeymoon in 1970.

-keith in mtn. view

I have one too, got it in Darjeeling when I was about 9 back in '68 or so. I have the utmost respect for the Ghurkas and the Nepalese, and I soon hope to hear of a small room, full of dead Iraqi terrorists.

Barry Dunagan

I have a question. I have a Ghurka knife that I recieved as a child, probably 25 years ago. This knife has no markings other that the notch near the handle. The handle is wood with brass fittings. How would one date the knife and get an idea on its worth.

CB

Barry, seeing as the majority of these knives are made within local villages, bar official issued knives, it would be damned near impossible to ascertain age or history from such a knife.
Even knives issued to troops would be difficult to trace.

don

The military khukris are stamped 'Made in Birmingham' or something like that and are superior to any from India or Nepal.

Don

nicci

i'm trying to find out info about a ghurka knife made in india, it is approx. 16-18 inches, the blade alone is probably 12, and it has two smaller knives with it. it looks very old, but in pretty good condition. the blade and the handle both have a sort of floral pattern, the handle seems to be wood and metal with a lions head (brass?) on the end. the sheath has a brass tip. we just don't know anything about these knives, if anyone knows more info to share, we'd really appreciate it, would love to know approx. age, and value.

Dante

I have a Ghurka that I made Myself.It wasnt easy forging but I got it done.It took probably 120 hours of work.They are not made easily.I also added serrations for utility usage.

Richard Bosch

I own two Ghurka Khukuri Knifes, one a 15" and a 2 foot Sacrifical knife. Could someone e-mail me and tell me what the notch on the blade and the two small agues are for? thank you

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Lee jenkinson

I have 2 original ghurka knives in sheaths.

They come from brize norton... and where handed down to me via militray personnel.

Both blades are used and one is slightly damaged.

Both blades are in their own sheaths and one as two smaller ghurka miniature knives inset into the sheaths.

The knives themselves are approx 14-16 inches and have black leather handles, and what appears to be brass pommels and guards.

They are estimated to be around 20-30 years old, and one has a serial number engraved into its blade...

Any help to identify their cost and identity would be of help..

Many Thanks...

Eljay

CB

Well, now that I appear to be the centre of knowledge for kukri's, perhaps someone who actually knows a more about the subject than me can help these folks out.

NRAJOE

Just ordered a Khukuri:

http://groups.msn.com/NorthAmericanGunrunners/knives.msnw?action=get_message&mview=0&ID_Message=4048&LastModified=4675518817370198297

Robert

I recently came across a ghurka khukuri stamped WTC with a "broad arrow" above the WTC. It is also stamped Made in India. Is this a Wilkinson, a Windlass or ?. The sheath appears to have some age to it and accomodates just one of the small knives. I hope someone can provide some information... Thanks.

CB

Pretty sure Wilkinson DIDN'T make these style of knives. I will endeavour to find out though.

two shoes

my pa has got a kukri, beautiful knife. i sharpened till it had a two centremeter silver edge along it. it could cut down thick stems of bamboo in one whack.

james bridge

i am currently posted in afgahnastan. i had a peddler try to sell me a kukri for some money, now it has numbers 1613 on the blade and it is in a hide case. how dow i figure authenticity? I would like more info on the history of them the dates the ghurks' first arrived in afgahnastan and is this sreail number"1613" real? any email would be appreciated.

james bridge

i am currently posted in afgahnastan. i had a shop handler try to sell me a kukri for some money, now it has numbers 1613 on the blade and it is in a hide case. how dow i figure authenticity? I would like more info on the history of them the dates the ghurkas' first arrived in afgahnastan and is this cereal number"1613" real? any email would be appreciated.

Tom Hawkins

Ah yes - kukri, khukri, khukuri. Since the word has three syllables, I will use khukuri

Wilkinson did make khukuri for the UK Gurkha units in 1951. They were not well-received by the troops. Good collector value if you find one as relatively uncommon. Marked "WSC" and "51." Widely faked (as are WWI models).

Nepalese don't have to draw blood before returning the khukuri to its scabbard. That is an "urban legend." The khukuri is the tool-of-all-work in the area, like the machete in Latin America. It is drawn many times each day. They only have so much blood. If their fingers are all cut up, they're clumsy.

Other than the Wilkinson episode, UK military khukuri are and have been made in Nepal.

The "lion's head" (AKA "lion's butt") khukuri with thoer punched decoration are tourist models made in 10,000's since 1920's. Typically, they are decorative only due to poor heat treatment.

Khukuri marked "India" and with a "broad arrow" are typically fakes. Not replicas - fakes -intended to decieve. After independence, the symbol of colonialism was never used. Before independence, "India" did not appear. "IG" (Indian [colonial] Government) did appear. A few khkuri with "India" overstamped to obscure the UK "broad arrow" have been reported.

One cannot see good heat-treatment. Unless you have some expertise, buy for a reputable vendor like Himalayan Imports (importer located in US) or Tora (importer located in UK).

India calls them Gorkas: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th Gorkha Rifles

UK calls them Gurkas: Once the 2nd, 6th, 7th and 10th Gurkha Rifles - now a single regiment-sized infantry formation with supporting service units - by courtesy the "Brigade of Gurkas."

bob

hey there. i was at a flea market and i found a knife that was really old and rusted. i paid 20 bucks for it and a guy told me that it was a ghurka knife. it even has those 2 little knives with it. i did research about it and found that one of them is for sharpening the blade and the other is for skinning animals. also both my ghurka knife and its sheath have designs on them. the one on the pouch is geometric but the other is hard to say because of all the rust. also there is a chance that there was a lion's head on the handle, but that part is damaged. there is also a possibility that it has the number 15 on it, but i'm not sure. email me if you know how much it is or any more info about it thanks.

Phil

Hi there, I have an 18" or so ghurkas khukri i think it is a size 3 ceremonial blade! with a leather hide, hand stitched sheath. It is stamped 1915 with the markings "Co I^G" with a "10" underneath the arrow thing. The handle is wooden with hand carved decoration that seems to be unfinished with flower pettel designs. I was given it as a present from someone who bought it in an auction of a museum that was closing down. Could anyone tell me any more about it and maybe how much it is worth?
Phil

CC Coleman

James Bridge's information is the most correct here.

Besides the Indian Fakes and Windlass garbage floating around beware of copies made in Malaysia. They are very poor and not even display quality.

Having seen some Gurkhas in Private Security it seems that they prefer to carry the British Army version even when not attached to the UK Army.

Unlike the WWII version the brass is highly polished and the sheathes are of very high quality. They are real works of art.

Only order from Nepal, I would trust nothing less. IMHO.

Sam

ive heard people say ghurka's are issued khurkri knifes. ive met the 2nd ghurka rifle reg and spoke to a few of them. each of their khukri knifes are hand made. they take 3-4 men and 15-24 hours to make.

AJ

The blade notched near the handle is incorporated in the blade design to prevent blood dripping down over the handle and making it slippery. So says a mate of mine who served with the 10th. Davi came to Aus when he married an Aussie girl. Of course he may have been pulling the piss out of me, he has a wicked sense of humour and I never thought to ask any of the Ghurkas I met when in the green.

Cheers,

AJ

jase

hiya i have a ghurka knife and was just wondering about the price or even how to go about getting it valued

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