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Nasty
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Nasty
01-08-08 11:13.49 - Post#1415488    

Here it is...let's see them!

A few random ones from HI that were at my place for a while...


"Life has a special flavor to those who fight for it that the sheltered never know."

Patrik78
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Patrik78
01-08-08 11:39.31 - Post#1415531    

Bought in Bhaktapur fall -07. To my eye identical with the ones from KhukuriPalace. Edge on the two smaller ones (8") are great, the larger one (10") is not as good but okey. Although strong blades that I have tried to bend, I havent cared much for the edge since they all serve as decorative items. All three of them has visable tang alongside the handles.




shilohreb
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shilohreb
01-08-08 15:56.42 - Post#1415805    

My only one. I got it for Christmas. I would appreciate any info.
My Collections

Berkley
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Berkley
01-08-08 17:02.35 - Post#1415858    

Another random group - some HI, some older.

hollowdweller
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01-15-08 09:51.24 - Post#1422436    

Great topic Nasty!







WTF?

hollowdweller
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01-15-08 09:55.48 - Post#1422446    





WTF?

Nasty
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Nasty
01-15-08 13:19.36 - Post#1422696    

Thanks for the great pics guys...Hollow...you lose points for living in such a beautiful place. It's gotta even out somehow!

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hollowdweller
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01-16-08 10:47.30 - Post#1423511    

WTF?

CallsThunder
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01-17-08 17:00.59 - Post#1424852    

HD,
You really shouldn't allow strange lookin people to wander in to your photos.
DanR
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p90fred
01-20-08 22:47.58 - Post#1427211    

My Birthday gift from a friend




Nasty
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Nasty
01-20-08 23:26.39 - Post#1427215    

Sandbox Special?

Nice...

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Yvsa
01-21-08 09:23.51 - Post#1427611    

  • p90fred Said:
My Birthday gift from a friend



Very, very, nice!!!! May I ask who manufactured it and what the inscription says?
With high hopes and low expectations, I remain the optimistic pessimist.

Best regards,
Yvsa.

switchblade258
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switchblade258
03-08-08 04:09.00 - Post#1467387    

A larger one at about 28 inches.

Patrik78
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Patrik78
03-12-08 05:46.01 - Post#1470639    

So finally there are in, my 6 new khukuris from KH. Two of them are "designed". First impressions, rough. I think I`ll like them, going to do some minor tests tonight. If anything of interest comes up I`ll let you know.
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Svashtar
03-18-08 19:55.00 - Post#1475717    

  • Yvsa Said:
  • p90fred Said:
My Birthday gift from a friend



Very, very, nice!!!! May I ask who manufactured it and what the inscription says?




Yvsa, it is an "Operation Iraqi Freedom" kukri from KH. Very reasonably priced and a good value. About 16" OAL w/ 11" blade and listed as 1050 grams by KH (37 oz.) I would have guessed about 28-30 oz. tops. Nice standard bolster and chiruwa handle. I really like the sand colored scabbard, and no pointy chape is a plus.

It's inscribed (by request only) "Operation Iraqi Freedom" on the blade.

Do a search for the KH website and you'll see it a couple of pages down.

Norm
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Svashtar
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Svashtar
03-18-08 19:57.46 - Post#1475720    

Here's a pic of 3 HI CAK's:

Top: 16.5" 29 oz. by Kumar, satisal wood.

Middle: 16.5" 26 oz. by Kumar, USA antler horn.

Bottom: 16.5" 29 oz. by Kumar, in Raktha Chandan.

These are all pre-UB marked. Uncle Bill used to say that if you ever broke one of these he'd send you 2 to replace it!

I don't believe he ever had to make good on that promise.
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Svashtar
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Svashtar
03-18-08 20:14.49 - Post#1475726    

Here's a couple more:

Top is a nice 23" OAL Bag Bhairab I no longer own.

Middle is a shot of 3 sweet custom blades made by Petr Dohnal in the Czech Republic, the "3 Sisters." Note the brass filled holes in the blades denoting the sequence. Can't see it but each handle also has 1, 2 or 3 black rings to denote same.

The bottom some of you have seen before. One of my favorites, a 19" 33 oz. Gelbu special with beautiful rosewood carving. It is either HI Shop 2 or early Birghorka mfr.
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Yvsa
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Yvsa
03-19-08 13:50.01 - Post#1476424    

  • Svashtar Said:
  • Yvsa Said:
  • p90fred Said:
My Birthday gift from a friend



Very, very, nice!!!! May I ask who manufactured it and what the inscription says?




Yvsa, it is an "Operation Iraqi Freedom" kukri from KH. Very reasonably priced and a good value. About 16" OAL w/ 11" blade and listed as 1050 grams by KH (37 oz.) I would have guessed about 28-30 oz. tops. Nice standard bolster and chiruwa handle. I really like the sand colored scabbard, and no pointy chape is a plus.

It's inscribed (by request only) "Operation Iraqi Freedom" on the blade.

Do a search for the KH website and you'll see it a couple of pages down.

Norm



Thanks a million Norm!
With high hopes and low expectations, I remain the optimistic pessimist.

Best regards,
Yvsa.

akabu-1
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03-20-08 06:07.53 - Post#1476963    


The life of a man
Burn it with the fire
The life of an insect
Throw it in the fire
Ponder and you'll see
The world is dark
And this floating world
Is a dream



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Frankallen
05-13-08 13:19.07 - Post#1523329    

Here's Mine!!
Berkley
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Berkley
05-13-08 13:53.59 - Post#1523342    

Putting together a display for the Dallas gun show in June. Just a little test shot of the arrangement with a disposacam.

Nasty
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Nasty
05-16-08 23:07.46 - Post#1526210    

Got some nice ones there Berk!

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predatorextrem
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06-28-08 20:39.44 - Post#1560676    



Nasty
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Nasty
06-29-08 06:27.04 - Post#1560949    

AN interesting variation very loosely based on the khukuri, eh?

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predatorextrem
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06-30-08 05:50.30 - Post#1561651    

They are very expensive kukhries, made in Italy (europe)by http://www.extremaratioknivesdivisi...
They can compete with traditional nepalese kukhries?(sorry for my english)
Nasty
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Nasty
07-01-08 10:02.07 - Post#1562772    

I suppose that I'd have to try one for myself, but they don't look like the choppers I know so well.

Not dissing them my friend...just not what I look for in a *khukuri*...interesting knives, but not khukuris.

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ze_zaskar
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07-01-08 11:17.11 - Post#1562828    

Tora Havildar




Nasty
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Nasty
07-02-08 12:08.07 - Post#1563909    

Yup...*that* is a khukuri.

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ze_zaskar
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07-02-08 20:59.30 - Post#1564259    

It arrived yesterday. Sorry about the crapy pics, I'll try to get better ones in the woods.
northern1
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07-05-08 19:38.28 - Post#1566581    

just found this forum.thought i'd shoow you my most prized khukri.

justin gingrich of ranger knives

trench khuk

S7 steel

9in blade

Ranger Knives

Nasty
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Nasty
07-07-08 21:52.39 - Post#1568559    

Khukuris have indeed been the inspiration of many variants.

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sirupate
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08-05-08 23:05.42 - Post#1597396    

Here are some more variations;









Nasty
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Nasty
08-06-08 08:46.58 - Post#1597857    

envy

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Ad Astra
08-15-08 14:15.05 - Post#1606229    

I can't resist putting up a pic of the HI 25"-ers.




Mike
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Nasty
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Nasty
08-16-08 00:10.11 - Post#1606418    

Hi Mike! Long time no see...hope all is well with you.

Nice to see another member of the very small Falcata club (6th one down if you don't know about the HI Falcata!)

Stay in touch more my friend...

"Life has a special flavor to those who fight for it that the sheltered never know."

Ad Astra
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Ad Astra
08-16-08 16:58.39 - Post#1607108    

Hey there, Nasty.

I've been meaning to visit; just had to make the trip over to your "house."

This site has not worked with my Mac in the past; have a new PC- and added RAM last week- can see it now w/o crashing.

If this is the only place I can find you posting, I'll keep it bookmarked.

Mike
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Nasty
08-16-08 23:12.37 - Post#1607184    

This is it Mike...has been ever since. I've often wondered how you've been and continued Smoke that the old is still the old, eh?

This place isn't as busy...sort of like an old neighborhood B&G that only has a few regulars as opposed to the loud new disco downtown. Us old timers like it fine though. Still got the free big pretzels and pickled eggs in the jar.

You've got a stool near the middle...stop by any time!

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RoninSamurai
09-09-08 10:04.16 - Post#1628259    

Thought I might post a couple.
1. A tora Highlander and Tin Chirra
2. An early Sanu made HI YCS
3. My three Foxy Follys, Top one was one of the first ones. A beast at 20ish" and 52 oz. Second one is one of just a couple long lean ones. 21 9/16" and 28 oz. Last one is a 17" 24 oz one.
4. An assortment of HI models including my old Sanu Falcata!
5. HI Kothimora. Beautiful and a great cutter.
Nasty
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Nasty
09-09-08 11:52.51 - Post#1628356    

AA!!! *Damned* good to see you here! Pull up a stool next to Mike and stay a while!

Gosh...it's starting to seem like old times!

"Life has a special flavor to those who fight for it that the sheltered never know."

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RoninSamurai
09-11-08 08:45.35 - Post#1630532    

Thanks Nasty!!
I appreciate the hearty welcome. I do not do as much posting on the forums these days. I will try to be better about at least dropping in and saying hi to everyone.
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Nasty
09-11-08 10:12.24 - Post#1630655    

Heck...I'll take quality over quantity every time my friend!

Stop by whenever you want to...your seat is reserved.

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mitch_mckee
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11-28-08 12:18.13 - Post#1696394    

Sirupate style
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Shadowdiver
01-16-09 02:47.12 - Post#1737559    

Finally I got myself a Khukuri (Jungle Panawal), from KH. I have been curious for these type of knives a long time. Soon I´m gonna try this one out.
Specs: 10 inch raw unpolished blade, fulltang handle, costs 40 dollar. It will challenge my FK A2, now that will be interesting...
Preparatus Supervivet

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smcclown
02-02-09 15:03.11 - Post#1753987    

I have a request guys. I've been putting it off but as soon as I get enough funds I'd like to purchase my first kuk. Right now I've narrowed it down (i think) to a few. The Chiuwa Ang Khola, the WWII, M43, or BAS. I guess around 16.5"? Anyway, with all these awesome pics it's still hard for me to grasp the actual size of these knives. Could a few of you put up some pics of your Kuks in hand so I can get an idea of scale? Also if you could tell me what particular model/size they are it would really help. I'd like to get one as a good large belt knife and one as a good chopper. Thanks!
~learn to swim~

mitch_mckee
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02-02-09 15:19.25 - Post#1754006    

In my post (two above) the top is a 10" blade, middle 12" blade, bottom 15" blade. These are all the sirapate style. They are less bulky that other styles and are the choice of the regular folk in Nepal. The militayry prefers a much wider, heavier blade.

For general use, a 10" is sufficient for a general use hunting knife and light chopping. It compares well with out bowies. The 12" is a little better for heavier chopping, and the 15" even better that that, but at a weight cost.

I also bought a 10" with a modern grip as a woods knife. It is very useful and I highly recommend it. All were from Kukri House in Nepal. they are good folks to deal with and take pride in their work:

http://www.thekhukurihouse.com/


smcclown
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smcclown
02-02-09 16:47.19 - Post#1754080    

Mitch thank you for your post. I checked out the KH website. Is that the Hunter model in your pic? Do you have any kuks from HI? The knives from KH seem to be much cheaper than HI. Im wondering if there is any noticeable difference in quality to justify the price gap.
~learn to swim~

mitch_mckee
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02-03-09 02:27.10 - Post#1754278    

Yes, that is the hunter model. I don't own anything from HI. The major difference in price is shipping from Nepal. The prices listed for HI are higher since they have a location in Nevada. KH kuks are ordered directly from Nepal and shipping is slapped on top. The shipping is almost as much as the cost of the knife but if you order several at a time it waters down the cost.

I understand that the HI kuks are good quality as well. I prefer ordering direct from the factory. The KH folks are great to deal with. They actually answer your emails withing 24 hours.
Nasty
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Nasty
02-04-09 08:37.13 - Post#1755777    

FWIW, HI usually answers within an hour...

I like having a face in the US for my business.

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1stcavmp77
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03-05-09 07:31.19 - Post#1780592    

where did you get that one with the paracord wrapped handle. i like very much.
SharpMindSharperKnife
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SharpMindSharperKnife
03-29-09 02:06.02 - Post#1801434    

here's my baby, it has custom scabbard red leather belt loop improviser, and an citrus stains (see knife gallery). can u read what it says on the leather?
"Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers"


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mitch_mckee
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04-27-09 07:54.34 - Post#1826274    

I slightly modified this low end kukri and sheath.
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Nasty
04-27-09 08:36.27 - Post#1826324    

Always good to see how guys mod their gear!

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SharpMindSharperKnife
04-27-09 20:45.43 - Post#1826792    

is it 7"? looks nice! is the sheath waterproof
"Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers"


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mitch_mckee
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04-27-09 22:25.13 - Post#1826805    

12" blade, camo canvas sheath, silicon coated
Woolly
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05-05-09 12:57.30 - Post#1833641    

When posting a picture. Tell where you bought it. I so much like the one in the top of this page.
mitch_mckee
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05-06-09 13:54.38 - Post#1834455    

I don't remember. Probably a flea market.
Nasty
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Nasty
05-07-09 09:37.59 - Post#1835085    

It's not a rule...he probably meant to say "Please".

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Bootlegger0173
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Bootlegger0173
06-03-09 12:55.32 - Post#1855536    

Don't really have much to choose from...


www.photosbykw.smugmug.com

mitch_mckee
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06-03-09 13:13.37 - Post#1855556    

Looks like good choices to me
CzechMate
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06-11-09 09:56.37 - Post#1861901    

This is my Ka-Bar Kukri, my most proven knife


BIG-TARGET
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BIG-TARGET
07-12-09 12:11.53 - Post#1886959    

  • CzechMate Said:
This is my Ka-Bar Kukri, my most proven knife





Poor innocent ice cream
SIR BRYAN:OH-RANGER OF THE JERSEY PINE PINE BARRENS!!!!!

SharpMindSharperKnife
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SharpMindSharperKnife
07-31-09 02:08.12 - Post#1901926    

that is some radioactive ice cream, I thought it was some ham ha ha ha ha

Does anyone have exp with Jay Fisher khuks?
"Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers"


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Nasty
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Nasty
08-01-09 02:06.35 - Post#1902848    

Certainly attractive...perhaps too costly to use in the woods though for me.


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SharpMindSharperKnife
08-01-09 06:41.15 - Post#1902983    

my point too. why waste such money on a baby like that (show business ). I'd rater take a kothimora. Anyway I never hear reviews about them. Nobody owns them or don't use them?
"Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers"


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Nasty
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Nasty
08-02-09 14:25.15 - Post#1904118    

Likely not used...or not used hard anyway. I tend to try to destroy mine...the good ones don't fail and are kept.

Note that I do *not* know if these would fail or are perfect...just my guess that they cost too much to work hard enough to find out.


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SharpMindSharperKnife
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SharpMindSharperKnife
08-02-09 20:03.39 - Post#1904228    

Thy probably ARE highly good, but that money...shish! You could pay the whole assemble team of blacksmiths from nepal
"Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers"


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Berkley
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Berkley
08-04-09 12:56.59 - Post#1905689    

I unfortunately have no experience with Mr. Fisher's beautiful knives. I have handled a fair number of traditional kukris. He makes an interesting statement on his website:
  • Quote:
Traditionally only the finest khukris are hollow ground and there are many historical references that cite this.


I wish he had been more specific; I would like to read a few or even one of those historical references.

SharpMindSharperKnife
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SharpMindSharperKnife
08-04-09 19:33.01 - Post#1905855    

Yeah...about that...I doubt. Hollow grind is sharp, thus very very thin, making it brittle. That's why it's used mostly on mid size knives and folders, not mentioning cutthroat razors. If you swing that khukri on a wooden knot it would break easily, where a flat or convex would get a bit dull. Prove me wrong but that's my statement.
"Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers"


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Nasty
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Nasty
08-05-09 13:43.45 - Post#1906547    

I wonder how, traditionally, they would do a hollow grind with a fire a railroad beam anvil and a hammer?

They must have been *way* better in the past, eh?


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SharpMindSharperKnife
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SharpMindSharperKnife
08-05-09 20:01.07 - Post#1906797    

Well...being better in the past was true...but they all died in wars...like the turkish wultz damascus sabers. No one makes em like then. Or it can just be some government plots
"Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers"


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CzechMate
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09-09-09 10:29.19 - Post#1932521    

Took this photo while doing some chopping in the forest, the handle is wrapped in some ACU camo wrap.


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SharpMindSharperKnife
09-10-09 02:52.40 - Post#1933000    

Only thing I can say is....thumbs up
"Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers"


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migreen84
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12-04-09 19:20.49 - Post#1996878    

Hollow dweller who made the small axe pictured with the nessmuck?
sweets_06
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12-20-09 13:17.05 - Post#2011444    

nice piece...where can I get one?
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SharpMindSharperKnife
01-17-10 20:36.17 - Post#2034565    

There be my beauty at work




seanmizusmc
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02-06-10 11:05.01 - Post#2052842    

i finally decided on a khuk after going between KH, HI, and McCurdy...bought a mccurdy on ebay. the shipping and total blade cost was still less than KH by about 10 dollars and ive heard nothing but good things about john and his blades. i cant wait to test it. ill have to post some pics up when i get it. ebay estimates next friday so hopefully then ill get some pics of that along with my custom made axe . you can check my axe out one another site
http://www.adriaangerberknives.com/...
adriaan is a fantastic smith and a pleasure to work with.

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Nasty
02-07-10 00:26.03 - Post#2053238    

This is the *picture* thread, so that would be appropriate.


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Jason Boswell
02-07-10 15:15.07 - Post#2054016    

That thing is a beast..!
Which model is it?
seanmizusmc
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02-12-10 06:00.55 - Post#2058528    



16.5 inch mccurdy custom with my 17 inch haft 5 3/4 inch face custom fighting axe. damn zombies dont stand a chance.
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Berkley
03-10-10 12:41.47 - Post#2081699    

It looks as if I'll never stop buying knives long enough to get a decent camera, so I thought I'd try an experiment using my scanner and stitching the pieces together into a Frankenkukri.

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Nasty
03-11-10 00:41.37 - Post#2082097    

Interesting Berk!

As always...you find the nicest stuff. What and where from?


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Berkley
03-11-10 15:40.53 - Post#2082851    

Nepalese, 19th century - what we used to call a "hanshee" before that term got discarded in favor of some others that ended up causing shouting matches among the "experts". I'm pretty sure no one will disagree if I call it an old kukri, not made for cutting firewood .
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Nasty
03-12-10 05:58.07 - Post#2083310    

Fascinating, and I'd agree. It's a beauty for sure.

Thanks Berk!!!


"Life has a special flavor to those who fight for it that the sheltered never know."

Jason Boswell
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Jason Boswell
03-16-10 23:28.05 - Post#2087405    

Here is a pic of my first kukuri from Nepal (recent purchase from khhi), it has a 15" blade which is 10mm thick. It's the Vengence(sp?) model. Also included is my Cold Steel ATC-All Terrain Chopper with Carbon V blade. It's 1/4 thick..
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Nasty
03-16-10 23:33.18 - Post#2087407    

I like the khukuri...the other...eh.

Never been a fan of CS.

"Life has a special flavor to those who fight for it that the sheltered never know."

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Jason Boswell
03-17-10 15:28.24 - Post#2088278    

I like the recent Nepal acquisition, my first.

The CS was purchased as an investment as they are pretty scarce, especially in new/unused condition. Looking to purchase another khhi though, a little shorter on teh blade, and more thickness. looks like the 3 Chirra (Beast), will be it!
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Jason Boswell
03-28-10 08:35.47 - Post#2097947    

I sold the CS ATC, I can now buy 4 Kukuri's, hehe.
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Nasty
03-28-10 09:17.48 - Post#2097975    

WOOT!

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dragosani
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04-07-10 09:50.59 - Post#2105852    

Hello,
I'm Mike and i'm new here, however from year+ i'm interesting in knives. I got opportunity to buy khukuri that's why i wanted to ask here, maybe some expert will help me appraise this small sweet thing:









it appears to be gift for someone (could it be some officer cuz it looks like parade knife?)
from 1945 year. Seller want $30 for it it needs to be cleaned ofc, and new layer of nickel to be laid but it's np for me.

anyone can advise me?

M.

edit: forget to mention it's 6.5 inch long

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Nasty
04-07-10 10:56.56 - Post#2105885    

6.5 in overall or blade length?


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dragosani
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04-07-10 22:13.12 - Post#2105947    

i'm afraid so, it's small piece, kinda like mail opener.
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Berkley
04-08-10 04:36.32 - Post#2106133    

Looks to have been made by one of the major Indian military kukri suppliers, possibly as a gift for an officer. The grip appears to be elephant ivory. If it were mine I would NOT re-plate it, any more than I would refinish a WWII firearm. Originality is collectible.
If you don't want it at the price being asked, please let me know how to contact the seller.
dragosani
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04-08-10 10:36.20 - Post#2106375    

thank you for opinion, i've bought it i just needed confirmation like you just gave me.

if you say it's better to keep plate as it is now, then ill just clear and polish it, well i'll know it's condition for sure when it will arrvie to my home finally.

again, thanks a lot
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SharpMindSharperKnife
05-28-10 21:41.51 - Post#2139069    

I've been messing with my K. Not much work going on here so I had to have some fun. I hope noone will get this as a crime







Apple vinegar, stripped undershirt and flavles pattern. I've outdone my self with this one. This patina rules. If only it would be sahrp as it is pretty
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Nasty
05-29-10 01:27.34 - Post#2139125    

Bring it over and we'll hit it in my shop...would only take a few minutes to get to a hair popping convex edge.


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SharpMindSharperKnife
05-29-10 02:16.38 - Post#2139145    

Honestly I would...To bad I am only
4289.31 miles away from New York
Shuch a waste of perfectly good khukri. It's turning in it's sheat knowing that doesn't have any work.

Nasty
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Nasty
05-29-10 08:04.11 - Post#2139318    

I'm actually in Ohio...that could be further away *or* closer depending on which way you plan to travel!

You need to get yourself a simple belt grinder and a couple of lessons...


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SharpMindSharperKnife
05-30-10 05:25.13 - Post#2139754    

That's a must. I am hoping soon. Small rpms and 1200 grit
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Nasty
05-30-10 13:09.34 - Post#2139948    

A *number* of different grits. We'll talk when you get the grinder.


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SharpMindSharperKnife
05-31-10 07:21.17 - Post#2140286    

Ok, ty. Do you maybe know a shop site with belt sanders? I once found it but can't again. There were beltsanders for like 5$
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SharpMindSharperKnife
06-12-10 10:22.59 - Post#2147909    

Ah...Today I hit the woods. Got me brain a timeout and me khukri some overtime Bot khukries acctually.
Oh my...I forogt to say...I got a new K in the house. All worn out and sharp as hell. Bigger brother ifor big wood, smaller for fine carving (allthough it is still a huge knife, the smaller khukri is so...handy and agile)


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antonio_luiz
07-22-10 11:51.41 - Post#2176420    

Just delivered so haven't taken it out to try yet. Most of my knives are safequeens but this custom by USA maker AJ Michaels came at such a bargain price (even allowing for the $30 freight to Oz) that for once I'll be happy to give it a workout and it may well end up riding in the car. Fit n finish is very good, 9" pattern welded 1095 and 15N20 with a bit of unnecessary filework but very even grinds and reasonably sharp out of the box. The 9" blade doesn't feel very big in the hand - my A1 feels a lot bigger - and I think this is because this kukri is very well balanced. I would have preferred a more traditional retention ring on the butt but there's enough flare in the handle to provide a secure chopping action.

Sheath is pretty ho-hum but appears to be functional and to provide adequate protection. I'll give an update after I've had a chance to use it during my holidays
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SharpMindSharperKnife
07-23-10 01:43.09 - Post#2176737    

Looks hot. But looks don't cut trees down. Try out that theory
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antonio_luiz
07-23-10 14:43.58 - Post#2177196    

  • SharpMindSharperKnife Said:
Looks hot. But looks don't cut trees down. Try out that theory



Well - this blade will either make it or it will break - only one way to find out. I will get a 15" AK from HI one of these days so I have a real khukuri to compare it to
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Anonymous


08-01-10 10:35.36 - Post#2183193    

I've been meaning to post pics of my Khukuris for quite some time.





Nothing fancy, just two I picked up at the Khukuri House in Thamel when I was there in 1999. The buffalo horn one is a British issue model and it is stamped "NEPAL 1999". The other is a WWII repro model.

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Nasty
08-01-10 14:29.42 - Post#2183334    

Nice souvenirs.


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Anonymous


08-01-10 15:08.21 - Post#2183356    

Yeah. . . they chop pretty good too

I really like how the WWII handles.
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Nasty
08-01-10 22:57.26 - Post#2183483    

They've been making that model for a very long time...ought to have all the kinks out of it by now.


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SharpMindSharperKnife
08-02-10 22:51.55 - Post#2184291    

Nice pets. Do they behave?
Anonymous


08-03-10 17:35.43 - Post#2184950    

More or less

The WWII sheath has issues with a loose strap and the other knife has a cracked handle that I have "fixed" with rubberized CA glue. I may give a report on that later after I've had some time to test it out.

Neither one has bitten me yet though. . .
mephistopheles
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08-11-10 11:24.54 - Post#2190168    

It's from khukuri house thamel, it's the panawal gripper. 13" of blade, weighs about 3lbs, handle is super comfortable even when splitting wood all day (didn't have an axe) and it's thrice riveted with a full tang against the pretty rosewood (iirc).
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Berkley
08-12-10 15:43.33 - Post#2191032    

Three fullered blades from Himalayan Imports - the original dui chirra, a Foxy Folly, and a YCS.

Another shot of the dui chirra with the scabbard and all the tools.

Nasty
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Nasty
08-12-10 23:26.01 - Post#2191151    

Lovely stuff Berk...they *do* know what they are doing, eh?


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Berkley
08-15-10 10:59.28 - Post#2192697    

  • Nasty Said:
they *do* know what they are doing, eh?


I think so!

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Nasty
08-15-10 23:19.32 - Post#2192910    

Oh...the shiney Queen!


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Berkley
08-19-10 09:59.06 - Post#2195766    

More shine - the Uncle Bill Memorial Salyan.

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Nasty
08-19-10 12:25.52 - Post#2195857    

I remember...lovely indeed.


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Berkley
08-21-10 06:36.17 - Post#2197169    


Not lovely, but darned handy for a walk in the woods.
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Nasty
08-21-10 07:13.45 - Post#2197189    

I take lousy pictures, but you force my hand Berk...

Bill once described this one as "...the nicest he'd seen come out of Nepal..."


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Berkley
08-21-10 12:56.20 - Post#2197390    

WOW! Bill was right - and he'd seen a lot of khukuris .
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Berkley
08-24-10 06:21.46 - Post#2198898    

This one isn't as well made overall (the silver plate on the handle is already wearing off), but I have a soft spot for it because it was made to my order by Gurkha House, about ten years ago. It's a metal handled 18" sirupate with a kothimora scabbard, none of which HI made at the time. The dragon engraving wasn't in the original specs, but I like it.


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Nasty
08-24-10 08:23.24 - Post#2198962    

Okay...guess I will have to reach back into the big box to get one to compete with that one my friend.

Back later with another poor quality picture!


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Berkley
08-25-10 00:29.11 - Post#2199385    

  • Nasty Said:
Okay...guess I will have to reach back into the big box to get one


The big box?


Nasty
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Nasty
08-25-10 03:58.12 - Post#2199502    

Yup...The *BIG* box o' khukuris.

Not had a chance to fire up the forklift yet and the crate opens on the far side as a security measure. Need to get some propane first...*then* a picture.


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Berkley
08-26-10 16:14.13 - Post#2200673    

While we're waiting for the battery on your forklift to charge, here's my only Tora. This is a discontinued model called the Shah sirupate. Very nice feel to it, and well made. Too bad about the double whammy freight charges from Nepal to the UK to the US.

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Nasty
08-26-10 21:57.41 - Post#2200779    

There's a beauty!

I agree with you on the shipping though...makes them too rich for me.


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Berkley
08-28-10 11:31.55 - Post#2202067    

HI's version of a box kothimora, the Dhankuta:




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Berkley
08-28-10 15:08.15 - Post#2202216    

Here's one of a kind. Uncle Bill had the blade made as a special order for John Powell back during the Shop 1 days. It wasn't made by a regular HI kami but by somebody who was known to John and Bill at the time only as "the Royal kami". The cho is in the form of a Fleur-de-lis. Grip (of American walnut) and scabbard by Terry Sisco; buttcap and sash buttons are oosic.

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Nasty
08-28-10 23:27.12 - Post#2202319    

Wow...the good stuff from the good old days for sure.


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Berkley
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Berkley
09-02-10 12:01.29 - Post#2205268    

Also from the good old days - no "safe queen" here. An original HI "ugly duckling" true villager, a veteran of a tour in Afghanistan with a forward air control unit from Ft. Hood.

Nasty
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Nasty
09-03-10 01:31.21 - Post#2205542    

I got to the box just in time it seems. My *true* villager.

Maybe someone can read the writing on the scabbard...

The bottom one is an old one I have...might be ivory, more likely bone.


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Berkley
09-03-10 06:47.44 - Post#2205743    

Hooray, the box at last!
Can't help with the Nepali, other than to say the letters are upside down in the picture. Try posting it over at IKRHS where Beoram will see it.
The oldie is a beauty, really lovely shape to the blade with lots of belly and a graceful curve to the spine. I've been fooled by photos many times , but it looks like ivory to me.
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Nasty
09-03-10 07:34.23 - Post#2205775    



Shows how much *I* know!

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Nasty
09-03-10 08:01.17 - Post#2205790    

Posted at IKRHS...

Had a hard time getting in, I change email addys too often *or* I've just been online too long.

We'll see if he can answer.


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Berkley
09-04-10 16:32.25 - Post#2206455    

Glad you were able to log in and get a partial translation, and interesting history on the villager. I liked that style of kukri when I first saw it .
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Nasty
09-05-10 01:11.20 - Post#2206566    

lol...you win my friend!

Neat to see the export version of it!


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Berkley
09-05-10 11:02.00 - Post#2206902    

Polish is pretty, but a good honest villager has character.

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Berkley
11-08-10 13:26.41 - Post#2236941    



OK.....



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Nasty
11-09-10 00:00.37 - Post#2237066    

Image posting is still an on again/off again thing here...they will get it all sorted eventually.

Off site calls are of course not a problem...I favor Imageshack myself.


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ispayboy
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12-30-10 20:00.10 - Post#2261830    

Now this is a nice sirupate
ispayboy
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12-30-10 20:01.54 - Post#2261831    

this is an elegant kukri..nice
Marmike600
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Marmike600
03-23-11 06:04.47 - Post#2316899    

Here are my first two. I love the way they feel. Nice heft to them. Cant wait to get them outside and test them out. Both are from KHHI. Just got them on Monday.

Top is the SiruPate Special (Hunter) and the bottom one is the Panawal Dotted (Supreme)

After a bit of a fiasco in shipping (ordered in January, got them mid March), I am already looking at HI for my next ones. (Love the SiruPates that I am seeing on here)
SharpMindSharperKnife
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SharpMindSharperKnife
03-25-11 22:25.17 - Post#2318044    

Beautiful! Love the lower one!
Marmike600
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Marmike600
03-28-11 03:09.16 - Post#2319025    

Yea, kinda regretting getting the kind of grip that I got on the top one. Should have stayed more traditional. Oh well, live and learn.
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SharpMindSharperKnife
04-05-11 05:56.59 - Post#2322619    

Have you seee this one?

Looks good. Cheap too,
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Nasty
04-05-11 06:56.23 - Post#2322651    

The handle looks like a blister machine.


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PghMitchS
04-06-11 00:04.41 - Post#2322928    

  • SharpMindSharperKnife Said:
Have you seee this one?


Looks good. Cheap too,



I went to the website via the URL posted and immediately got a bad feeling: look at the brand name and look at the logo. I don't think that is unintentional at all.

Rope a Dope tactic!
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Nasty
04-14-11 23:52.11 - Post#2326578    

Beautiful as always Berk!

It's not the smooth that blisters...it's the shape of the other one posted. Without the usual flares, the thing would be twisting and slipping on every chop.

There's another thread here for you to look at too my friend. Let me get the link...

Here it is...http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/900952/


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Silverthorn
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04-24-11 04:55.17 - Post#2330106    

Saw this pic and fell in love, I am trying to find one to buy now.


http://www.torabladesforum.co.uk/up...

http://www.torabladesforum.co.uk/up...

Soooo beautiful.
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SamW
04-24-11 16:36.18 - Post#2330276    

That is one of the examples sent by a new kami for Tora. They have recently been rebuilding their knife maker list.
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bullosa
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04-30-11 02:40.50 - Post#2332763    

Been using this brute the last few months, nice chopper. I've added a lanyard to it since the photo was taken.



Cheers!


bullosa
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05-01-11 20:57.57 - Post#2333366    

My forced patina Standard Service Khukuri;



Cheers!
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Berkley
06-09-11 14:33.44 - Post#2347555    

Some military kukris - From WWII, a regulation Mk II, and an aircrew short version of the Mk II; a Mk I from the Great War.
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Berkley
08-23-11 15:59.28 - Post#2379357    

I finally got a decent scale, and have been making a record of the weights of various kukris. Weights shown are in grams; for non-metric types there's a good converter here.
Here are some old military kukris that might be of interest:
From WW I, a Mk I and a Mk II; from WW II a regular Mk II and an aircrew Mk II.

All pre-WWI: a 22" dui chirra that was the model for HI's big dui, a very early fighting sirupate, a longleaf, and a kukri used by the Kubo Valley Police Battalion (became the 10th Gurkha Rifles in 1903).

Some old Nepalese military models:

For comparison, a HI dui chirra and Foxy Folly:

Nasty
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Nasty
08-23-11 23:10.50 - Post#2379393    

Thanks Berk! I need to do something similar with mine just as a reference tool.

Wish I could spend some time helping you to go thru all that you have...what a chart that would be, eh?


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SamW
08-27-11 20:44.34 - Post#2380730    

Nice collection.

Do you have a picture of any that you use in the field?

I would be interested to see the style and weight of one you like for practical use.
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Berkley
08-27-11 23:01.14 - Post#2380740    

For heavy-duty chopping I generally use this HI YCS blem by kami Sanu:

Weight is 760 grams.
For all-around use, I prefer one of these 12" HI ang kholas. The one on the left lives in my Jeep. The other one is my everyday home user; it weighs 436 grams.

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SamW
08-30-11 15:36.10 - Post#2381784    

Thanks for sharing, I really like the idea of having one dedicated to a vehicle. So many times out on the trail have I needed a cutting tool. If I forget (which I have) to bring a tool kit, I am left in caveman mode. I think I will adopt a permanent tool kit for my rig. Including a chopper.
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SharpMindSharperKnife
09-12-11 22:43.46 - Post#2386193    

Sir Berkley that is some serious collection. Hope they all served your good.
mephistopheles
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12-07-11 19:48.10 - Post#2418095    



My buddy got me to order a sirupate khukuri from Khukuri House Thamel, I took pics of mine and his when it came in.

www DOT khukuriblades DOT com



IIRC the sirupate title on khukuris means they're a thinner, lighter and longer profile, akin to a type of leaf in Nepal.



Here's my Panawal gripper next to the sirupate.

The sirupate's blade is 15" long, the knife alone weighs a bit more than 2lbs.

My panawal's blade is 13" long and weighs in at good 3.5lbs.




The sirupate's blade is thinner and isn't as wide.

It's still a good .200" thick. It's strong as heck. Two to three times as strong as the average machete.



The khukuri I have is the panawal, the heavier one, and it like a mix between an axe, a knife and a machete. It has more "axe" in it than machete. The longer sirupate is more of a machete with knife and axe, much better suited for brush clearing and small branches or trees.



Don't get me wrong, they're both practically indestructible-level heavy duty, but one is balanced more for bigger work like splitting logs and prying stuff open/hammering or batoning, where the other is still very good at it but can be used for brush clearing with less fatigue.



So yeah, these knives are well made from good quality steel, properly heat treated and sharp. They usually run from 40 to 60$ and shipping is around 30$ from Kathmandu, Nepal. Very much worth it.
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Berkley
12-29-11 07:16.12 - Post#2425343    

Happy New Year everybody!
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Nasty
12-29-11 09:44.47 - Post#2425398    

Berk...totally awesome!

You always get the nicest stuff. Thank you for posting it!

Happy Holidays my friend!

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Big Mike
12-29-11 14:29.30 - Post#2425506    

  • Berkley Said:
Happy New Year everybody!




Yo Berkley, that's a beaut.




Big Mike




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Berkley
01-18-12 12:23.22 - Post#2432763    

Not such a beauty to look at, but one of the best user khukuris ever made IMO. A Bhojpure khukuri from the Nepal cache - more than a hundred years old, but showing very little use or wear. Well made, nicely balanced, and ready for the next century of use.

Nasty
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Nasty
01-19-12 11:07.24 - Post#2433148    

In my opinion as well...and similar to a drawing I did with my friend Mike several months ago. I ground one last year...will keep you in the loop.


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Big Mike
01-25-12 08:46.23 - Post#2435525    

  • Nasty Said:


...and similar to a drawing I did with my friend Mike several months ago...







Very interesting.


Big Mike


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jim frank
02-10-12 04:58.38 - Post#2441633    

Not to disagree, but that knife *is* a beauty to look at. I love an honest working knife.
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Berkley
02-13-12 03:54.44 - Post#2442522    

I'm pretty fond of them myself.

Bemo
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02-13-12 15:00.23 - Post#2442846    

Berkley, love the blade shape on the middle and last ones. Wonderful! I don't see one really like that in the H.I. catalog.
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Berkley
02-14-12 07:42.19 - Post#2442994    

Try a search for TRISULI GHAULE KHUKURI.

Bemo
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02-14-12 16:02.13 - Post#2443169    

  • Berkley Said:
I'm pretty fond of them myself.





Thanks for the reference Berkley, I read that review on the other site. Beautiful blade. But the ones you posted (hopefully my cut and paste works) seem to be more utilitarian, especially without the fullers, very work oriented. Just love them.
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Berkley
03-08-12 05:43.48 - Post#2450075    

Don't believe I've posted this one before. From the collection of John Powell, as described by John himself:
  • Quote:
"Kubo Valley Military Police Battalion kukri. This unit from 1887 evolved into the 10th Regiment of Madras Infantry and in 1901 became the famous 10th Gurkha Rifles. It is restored. 19"
I found this piece in a barrel in an antique store along with a few garden tools and bayonets. It was in [very poor] shape but still had traces of a blued blade and polished metal grip. After much research I found a passage in one old book with a chapter talking about military/police activity in Assam and one sentence described the "fierce" police and the "..white handles of their long knives with black blades made their presence known". Somewhere in my extensive library is that quote (I think) or from a book at the GM. Damned if I can find it. The GM does have a passing reference to some police units having these polished metal grips but I have yet to find a picture. The scabbard is a copy of the type being used at the time by both Indian and Assam/Burma police (IE: the 11 holes frog with tan straps). K&C are modern replacements."


The antique stores in my neighborhood don't have stuff like this.

Bemo
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03-08-12 14:03.51 - Post#2450211    

Wow, that's a great shaped blade. I never get finds like that.
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Berkley
04-06-12 07:59.58 - Post#2458890    

This is my idea of a really well-made traditional Nepalese khukuri. I have tried to add some detail shots to show the quality of the workmanship and materials - carved rosewood hilt, cast silver chape, tiny perfect stitches on the scabbard. They don't make them like this any more.




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Nasty
04-06-12 09:36.15 - Post#2458915    

Clearly a superior piece!

Fantastic stitching..............

They rarely pay any attention to grain direction in handles.

*Nice* find my friend!

"Life has a special flavor to those who fight for it that the sheltered never know."

Bemo
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04-07-12 03:02.57 - Post#2459067    

Wow, even the accessories have bolsters! Very nice. I'm finding that I really like the leaf-shaped blades; not sure if they're a better user, it's more from an aesthetic point of view. Thanks for posting these wonderful blades.
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Berkley
04-07-12 04:47.17 - Post#2459088    

The leaf-shaped blades are not so great on hardwoods but are excellent for tropical or subtropical vegetation. As for other uses, I notice that they seem to be carried by quite a few Gurkhas in Afghanistan.


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Nasty
04-07-12 10:42.56 - Post#2459158    

Few hardwoods to work with there...lots of soft targets.

I, too, like a the leaf shaped blades.

"Life has a special flavor to those who fight for it that the sheltered never know."

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Big Mike
04-07-12 13:31.05 - Post#2459221    

  • Nasty Said:


I, too, like a the leaf shaped blades.




Ditto on that my friend.


The long-leaf blade shapes are the most sexy of the Kukri patterns.


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Berkley
04-21-12 12:07.27 - Post#2463856    

Indian dui chirra kukri,

chased steel grips with silver buttplate inscribed:
H. Brooke
FROM
A.R.Grant


H. Brooke:

Brigadier General Henry Francis Brooke, 2d Infantry Brigade, Kandahar Field Force, Bombay Army. Killed, Deh Koja, Afghanistan, 16 August 1880.
Born 3 August 1836, eldest son of George & Lady Arabella Brooke of Ashbrooke, County Fermanagh. Entered army 6/1854; Lieutenant, 5/55; Captain, 9/58; Major, 2/61; Lt.Col., 12/71; Col., 2/77. Landed in Crimea 4/55 w/ 48th Regiment, served at siege & fall of Sebastapol - medal & clasp & a Turkish medal. China campaign as aide-de-camp `to Sir Robt Napier, present at actions at Sinho & Tangku, severely wounded at assault of Teku Forts; present at surrender of Pekin-medal w/2 clasps & brevet rank of major 2/61. Exchanged into the 94th, staff Bengal Presidency 64, Assistant Adjutant General. 11/77, Adjutant-General Bombay army. On formation of Bombay corps for service in Afghanistan, selected for command under General Primrose at Kandahar. Led sortie on 8/16/80 [a mission which he had previously advised against, but could not oppose after being named to command]. While carrying a wounded fellow officer to safety, was killed by enemy fire.


AR Grant: Lt.Gen. Sir Robert Grant GCB. Born 1837 in Bombay, son of Governor Sir Robert Grant. Educated Harrow & Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. 2d Lt Royal Engineers, 1854, Lt'54; Jamaica Command, West Indies, '57; British Honduras, '58; Aide de Camp to Gen Sir William Williams, Commanding British Forces North America, '59; Staff College, '61; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General,Army Headquarters, '71-76; Commander Royal Engineers, Aldershot, '77-'80 and so on up the ranks after Brooke's death until his own passing in 1904.
Based upon the chronological, social, and military similarities of the two it is likely that the kukri was a presentation from Grant to Brooke sometime in the period 1871-1880 when both were serving as Adjutant-Generals. The kukri, which is older than the inscription plate, could well have originally been a souvenir of Grant's father's service as Governor of Bombay.


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Nasty
04-21-12 13:22.06 - Post#2463868    

Amazing...both the khukuri and the reminder of just how long he battles have been running there.

Thank you my Friend!


"Life has a special flavor to those who fight for it that the sheltered never know."

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Berkley
04-21-12 14:48.32 - Post#2463887    

  • Nasty Said:
the reminder of just how long he battles have been running there.




Brooke was killed in the Second Afghan War. Our British allies are now fighting with us in what, for them, is the Fourth Afghan War.
General Brooke's diary, written for his children and privately printed by his widow, is available online: LINK
Apart from the mode of transportation - horseback rather than armored vehicle - it reads like a contemporary account:



Bemo
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04-21-12 16:01.09 - Post#2463904    

Wow Berkley, how do you get such old, and in this case historic, khukuri? Perhaps that's a story for a different thread.
muddog15
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05-11-12 11:59.31 - Post#2469623    

My Kukri has always worked just as good as a hatchet on hardwoods.
muddog15
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05-11-12 12:03.05 - Post#2469624    

I don't understand, my Kukri has always worked as good as a hatchet on hardwoods. I've been using it for 25 years or more.
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Berkley
05-11-12 12:43.21 - Post#2469638    

I meant that a thinner leaf-shaped blade (like the top one) has less mass than a thicker deep-bellied blade (like the bottom one). Greater mass means deeper penetration when it comes to chopping hardwoods.

Either one will chop down a sequoia if you have the time, determination and stamina. The bottom blade will require less of each.

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eman13
06-24-12 04:14.27 - Post#2479236    

This is my khukuri cutting off some dead branches in my back yard. It is the khukuri I was asking questions about here
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Berkley
06-24-12 04:25.01 - Post#2479241    

Good picture - it shows the quality of the workmanship on the bolster and small fullers at the spine. Better made than many arsenal khukuris. Keep an eye out for nails & such, and it should be a fine light duty user without affecting its collectibility.

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eman13
06-24-12 08:33.59 - Post#2479279    

Thanks Berkley, I love the feel and the balance of it, and I strop it if at all possible so it has less wear from sharpening. Its old enough I want to grind off as little metal as possible.
Bemo
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06-24-12 14:30.59 - Post#2479327    

Beautiful blade. Is that considered a long leaf style?
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Berkley
06-24-12 14:48.25 - Post#2479328    

  • Bemo Said:
Beautiful blade. Is that considered a long leaf style?

Dimensions (as given in the other thread linked earlier) are closer to what IMA/AC refer to as the "Bhojpure". This one has several differences, though, including a partial buttplate and the inlays in the handle, as well as metal work superior to typical arsenal standards.

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eman13
06-24-12 17:39.37 - Post#2479350    

It was also suggested that it may also be a worn down longleaf khukuri, or it could be a Bhojpure khukuri as well...
Also Berkley, nice khukuri, I LOVE its engraved metal handle; is it comfortable to hold?
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Berkley
08-02-12 16:49.22 - Post#2487877    

Here we have three different versions of the "tool-kit" khukuri, or as John Powell called them "trousse" khukuris, after the Chinese and French knife sets of that name.

At bottom, a Nepalese village version, with an assortment of tools, old and new, accumulated over the years. Middle, a Himalayan Imports Shop 1 ganjawalla. Top, the original HI dui chirra, ordered with only a karda and chakmak. When it arrived with a scabbard having four extra holes for tools, the addition of more tools was a natural.

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Big Mike
08-03-12 05:58.12 - Post#2487968    

Those are really nice Berkley.






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Bemo
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08-03-12 11:22.20 - Post#2488010    

Very nice sir.

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Berkley
08-19-12 15:06.54 - Post#2492311    

Here's an ang khola with horn hilt and a ring pommel, made by U.D. Pensioner & Sons, Kotli Loharan.



I have seen three other khukuris by this maker, all well made, and all different in style.
The location is in what is now Pakistan. Best estimate is that the khukuris were made there sometime between the World Wars.
Thanks to Google Earth, geographically challenged types like myself can locate Kotli Loharan in relation to the more well-known kukri centers:


  • Quote:
"Kotli Loharan consists of two large villages of Lohars (ironsmiths) lying about five miles north-west of Sialkot. All kinds of articles for use and ornament are made, such as shields and arms, betel-nut cutters, knives, boxes, plates, inkstands, and so on. The material used is iron, and gold and silver are used in inlaying. . . . . The Lohars of these villages are now very well off (unlike what was reported by Mr. Kipling in the last Gazetteer), having earned large sums as armourers and shoe-smiths during the War. There are some twenty concerns which turn out manufactured articles of iron and steel, including swords, spearheads, gurkha knives, razors, and stirrups. The workmanship is excellent in most cases."

-1920 "Gazetteer of the Sialkot District"

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Berkley
09-05-12 11:39.11 - Post#2495917    

Funny how an addiction can get started....
In 1995 I was wandering around a local gun show, not seeing anything that interested me (that I could afford ). Then I spotted this "Gurkha knife", and the guy only wanted forty-five bucks, and I thought it was cool although I didn't know much about it. The rest, as they say, is history....


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Berkley
10-03-12 12:11.20 - Post#2501007    

  • Bemo Said:
Beautiful blade. Is that considered a long leaf style?


This is a long leaf:

At more than 32 ounces, this genuine Nepalese military khukuri shows that HI didn't originate the sharpened prybar. The Gahendra Martini with it, in caliber .577-450, is not very subtle either.

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Komitadjie
10-04-12 04:51.56 - Post#2501131    

Good lord, bet THAT was a shoulder-buster!
Bemo
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10-05-12 14:50.28 - Post#2501396    

  • Berkley Said:
shows that HI didn't originate the sharpened prybar.



I thought Becker Knife and Tool invented the sharpened pry-bar

Yeah, that's a beast. Makes my ASTK look like a sirupate!


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Berkley
10-12-12 13:27.15 - Post#2502707    

Before the Nepalese Army had Martinis, there were Nepalese P-53 Enfields - and assorted edged weapons for close work.

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Berkley
10-20-12 16:35.11 - Post#2504367    

And before the Enfield was the Brown Bess - complete with "kukri" bayonet.

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Berkley
10-27-12 04:22.55 - Post#2505675    

A veteran of WWII, the blade of this Mk3 khukuri is stamped "K44".

Bemo
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10-27-12 14:37.47 - Post#2505818    

very nice! That butt cap looks like it has some curvature to it.
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Berkley
11-02-12 15:33.59 - Post#2506991    

Two veterans of The Great War - a MkII khukuri, and a 1909 ShtLE Mk.III.


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Berkley
11-09-12 15:47.05 - Post#2508568    

Imagine a Gurkha soldier in WWI as he carrried all this gear!
Not shown are a gas mask and entrenching tool. The khukuri is a MkI.


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Big Mike
11-09-12 18:00.54 - Post#2508586    

Great photo Berkley, but heck, I carry the same kit squirrel hunting.




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Berkley
11-15-12 16:01.06 - Post#2510029    

A more useful rig for squirrel hunting - the CBKCC* khukuri from HI.

*Chesapeake Bay Knife Collectors Club

Bemo
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11-16-12 01:30.48 - Post#2510083    

Very nice Berkley. What are the specs on that?
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Berkley
11-16-12 05:43.29 - Post#2510118    

  • Bemo Said:
What are the specs on that?



(Measurements are eyeballed with a ruler, so some conversions aren't exactly equivalent. )

Bemo
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11-16-12 15:21.47 - Post#2510227    

So roughly the size of my HI kagas katne. Cool! Especially cool with the fancier fittings!
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Berkley
11-16-12 15:50.23 - Post#2510229    

I definitely am attracted to fancy fittings.

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Big Mike
11-17-12 01:54.13 - Post#2510280    

  • Berkley Said:


I definitely am attracted to fancy fittings.






I'd say!


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Angkhola
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11-20-12 03:41.34 - Post#2510913    

Hey guys, i didn't want to open a new thread so i am asking here. Can anybody identify this kamis mark? The kukri it belongs to was a gift of a gurkha soldier to my father, who serves in the British Army. The only thing i know is that it was made in Kathmandu but i don't know by whom or when. The kukri is a very very nice made chiruwa ang-Khola.

I hope u can help me!

Thanks



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Berkley
11-20-12 12:01.53 - Post#2511004    

To my eye the markings don't look like characters in the Devanagari alphabet. I'm afraid I can't help - it doesn't look like any maker's mark I've ever seen.

Angkhola
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11-20-12 20:53.01 - Post#2511111    

That's sad to hear but thank's anyway Berkley. I'll ask my dad about it, maybe he can tell me more, but i doubt it. The fact that it is very well made doesn't let it appear as a cheap tourist kukri.
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Berkley
11-21-12 01:22.08 - Post#2511123    

Would be great to see a picture of the whole khukuri.

Angkhola
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11-21-12 04:35.44 - Post#2511155    

Sure! Sorry for the poor quality, hope you still can see it properly. The khukuri is 16 inch ol., 1/2 inch thick and it weighs ~2 pounds.
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Berkley
11-21-12 04:42.49 - Post#2511157    

Fine looking khukuri - hope your dad can tell you more about it.

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Berkley
11-24-12 13:21.40 - Post#2511859    

More bling - a Nepalese kothimora khukuri. In addition to the silver mounted scabbard, the butt plate is silver, the horn handle is encircled with silver rings and inlaid with silver pins.


Angkhola
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11-24-12 23:36.42 - Post#2511931    

That is a really nice khukuri,how old is it?and where do you buy those nice khukuris?
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Berkley
11-25-12 02:25.24 - Post#2511959    

I reckon it dates to the early 1900s. I found this one on eBay. A widow was liquidating her late husband's collection. He bought this one in the 1980's and never polished it, so the whole thing was black. It looked terrible in the photos, and I was the only bidder. The nice lady sent along the original auction catalog from Wallis & Wallis that the khukuri was listed in when her husband bought it. I paid considerably less than he had 25 years earlier, when it was shined up and there were a number of bidders.

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Berkley
12-01-12 12:35.04 - Post#2513285    

Many village khukuris are rough-and-ready workhorses, with the emphasis on the "rough". OTOH, somebody lavished hours and hours on the inlay of so many tiny brass and white metal pieces into the handle of this one, which is nonetheless still a workhorse blade.

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Berkley
12-06-12 06:10.54 - Post#2514246    

My avatar khukuri, a 19th century Nepalese military dui chirra - the model for HI's dui chirra.


Bemo
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12-06-12 14:33.06 - Post#2514487    

Berkley, any markings on that? One of my cache khukuri has script on the spine.
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Berkley
12-06-12 15:52.23 - Post#2514515    

No markings - this one was commissioned to its owner's specs, not government issued and marked.
To learn more about deciphering inscriptions on the Nepal cache khukuris, see "Thrice Honoured Moon": The Mystery of the Nepalese Inscribed Khukuris.

Unfortunately the illustrations have disappeared, but there are other helpful links. Also see the Appendix on Nepalese markings in Guns of the Gurkhas by John Walter.

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Berkley
12-15-12 16:32.22 - Post#2518239    

This Himalayan Imports sirupate is, AFAIK, the last of its kind. The handles of the khukuri and by-knives are chandan, or sandalwood. This particular piece is more than 150 years old, and was salvaged from an old barn on Kami Sherpa's farm in Nepal. Unfortunately the wood did not travel well, and all the examples except this one developed major cracks and were returned. Pala removed the defective handles, ground them up and burned them as incense in a Bishwakarma puja.

This massive sirupati is 21" and weighs 33 ounces. It was made in the short-lived Shop 2, the precursor to BirGorkha. It was the first time HI had attempted to get the kamis to mark their initials on their work. This one is marked SN1 (Serial Number 1), Made KGR.

However, KGR (whoever he was) probably did not make this khukuri. KGR was the only person in the shop who was literate, so all the marked khukuris from Shop 2 bore his initials.

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Berkley
12-23-12 05:14.34 - Post#2519918    





(Kagas katne [paper cutter] khukuri by HI).

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Berkley
12-27-12 12:49.03 - Post#2520768    

An appropriately festive outfit for the season, a presentation kothimora with red and green accents.



Presented to Acting Lt. Tule Ale, 2/2 Gurkha Rifles, Indian Distinguished Service Medal, during the Malayan Insurgency (1948-60).

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Berkley
12-31-12 18:07.48 - Post#2521599    

This is a very early military khukuri - notice the deeply carved fullering at the spine, the almost non-existent center spike in the cho (kaudi), narrow bolster joining the relatively straight blade shape and tapered, smooth grip. A similar khukuri in the National Museum in Kathmandu (inset) is provenanced to 1757.

If this one is that old - and there is really no way to know without provenance - it would have already been an antique when this East India Company musket was new.

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Happy New Year to all the friends of the Khukuri Cantina!

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Berkley
01-09-13 08:37.13 - Post#2523511    

This is probably a late WWII or post-war variation on two military designs. With the integral bolster of a M 43, but a blade shape similar to a MK 3 and horn grip scales, this is obviously a bazaar piece of mixed ancestry following no fixed pattern. A nice handling khukuri, though.

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Berkley
01-27-13 13:44.38 - Post#2527681    

For chopping wood that nothing else seems able to cut, I use this extremely ugly but amazingly tough Nepalese village khukuri, with a handle made out of recycled Coke cans and toothpaste tubes. The blade, OTOH, appears to be made of Kryptonite.

Weight is 632 grams.

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Berkley
01-31-13 18:07.07 - Post#2528570    


A classic Darjeeling-style khukuri, with a little extra bling for the handle. Made by K.B. Thakuri & Sons, Ghoom, Darjeeling, India. WWII or thereabouts.




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AlphaFox
02-04-13 03:49.15 - Post#2529451    

Berk,

With my slow overseas connection it took me most of the day to get through all of these pages but it was definitely worth it. I cant help but wonder though if you have one of every model of Khukuri ever made!!!

Between you and Nasty you guys have the market cornered on Kuks!!
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Berkley
02-04-13 09:52.55 - Post#2529578    

So many khukuris, so little time (and money)

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Berkley
02-07-13 02:15.28 - Post#2530296    

The latest addition is a Sirmoor khukuri, with an ang khola blade. Possibly the work of Manton & Co., Calcutta; the handle is steel, engraved like the scabbard fittings and all nickel plated.

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Berkley
02-13-13 04:09.51 - Post#2531903    

The chitlangi khukuri is a fairly recent development, derived from the older traditional chainpuri style with its bell-shaped butt and closed "eye of the dove" cho (kaudi). The distinctive features of the chitlangi are a heavy brass buttcap, decoratively cross-hatched handle and bolster, a fullered blade, and a scabbard with an angular front. The style was first developed by kamis in the Nepalese shop of Lalit Kumar Lama. It was originally introduced by the now-defunct importer Gurkha House around 1999. At first advertised as a "chainpuri ang khola sirupate", the name was quickly shortened to cheetlang. When the kamis Jag and Prem joined Himalayan Imports' crew, they took the design and the name was changed slightly to chitlangi.
This is one of the very first cheetlangs from GH. It's still one of my favorites.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

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Berkley
02-22-13 13:47.11 - Post#2534086    

This is an interesting oldie. Lots of care and attention to detail went into the making of this presentation khukuri.


Wish I could decipher the monograms .

Bemo
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02-22-13 14:43.51 - Post#2534091    

Nice! Would that be the usual white metal or would that actually be silver?
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Berkley
02-22-13 15:12.23 - Post#2534095    

Silver. It tarnishes pretty badly if not kept polished.

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Big Mike
02-24-13 03:26.38 - Post#2534393    

Savage Berkley,


...love those handle details.




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Berkley
03-04-13 09:37.41 - Post#2536232    

Speaking of handle details -

Artistry in wood and steel by Himalayan Imports kami Lokendra.

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03-10-13 15:48.25 - Post#2537498    

Bill Martino, who founded the Khukuri Cantina, once said that "kothimora" means "rich man's khukuri". At least that's what his Nepalese father-in-law told him. While it's not a very good translation, it does convey the truth about many of the people who own kothimoras, from royalty to military brass.
There are different levels of weath within any society, however, and the "village kothimora" is an example of trickle-down economics. Lacking the precious metals and exquisite workmanship of the more upscale versions, these are actually much more numerous than the silver and gold models. Usually of brass or "white metal", sometimes low-grade silver, ornamented with small semiprecious stones and decorated with typical Nepalese religious symbols, these are not tourist trinkets. They are the status symbols of village headmen and elders, proudly worn as male jewelry but usually being stout working knives for all their decoration.


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TheScoundrel_70
03-11-13 12:47.19 - Post#2537679    

Thanks for that posting Berkley, I never realised there were "user" kothimoras. That's a really good looking example!
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Berkley
03-11-13 13:29.09 - Post#2537693    

Here's an even nicer example being worn. Despite the better quality silver, the handle and accessory knives still show it's a working knife.

By way of contrast, here's a nineteenth century image of a Shah dynasty princess with a royal kothimora. Nothing about this picture says "work" .

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Berkley
03-17-13 16:08.08 - Post#2538814    

Speaking of non-working, here's something a bit different in the way of a tourist khukuri:

The tourists for whom these Indian decorator pieces were intended were from an earlier time, during the British raj.

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Berkley
03-21-13 15:43.35 - Post#2539574    

An unusual piece, especially the cross-hatched or checkered treatment of the bolster. The handle is very black wood, with no visible grain - possibly ebony.


Length 19"; maximum blade width 2 1/2"; thickness at bolster 5/16"; ridged spine. 670 grams. Zombies beware.

TheScoundrel_70
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TheScoundrel_70
03-22-13 07:27.17 - Post#2539701    

That looks near tailor made for beheading water buffalo! Do you know any of that beastie's history Berkley? ( the blade beastie, not the buffalo beastie )
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Berkley
03-22-13 08:49.07 - Post#2539719    

  • TheScoundrel_70 Said:
Do you know any of that beastie's history Berkley?


I wish I did!

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TheScoundrel_70
03-22-13 09:18.13 - Post#2539725    

Very cool version, regardless of its history. It seems to have very fluid lines, all curves and very little straight lines or angles. If the zombies do come, I hope whoever swings that had good arm strength and stamina, given my lessons learned off the one I had made!
BRKCA #Mike1131

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fuggelsby
03-26-13 01:30.29 - Post#2540301    

Berkely, that curved one is magnificent!
I love the knurling on that little band too.
Just posting my darling KHHI Scourge on here as well.


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Berkley
03-29-13 10:03.04 - Post#2540986    

The first Bollywood zombie movie is just hitting the screen, so maybe it's time to dust off this Indian semi-classic:



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Berkley
04-06-13 16:00.56 - Post#2542731    

Here is an Indian khukuri with a history. If only it could tell us what it is.
A typical native khukuri of the Darjeeling type, complete with carved wooden handle. However, it has apparently been adapted for military use by fashioning a frog from the top half of a scabbard for a standard issue WWII Bitish military machete, dated 1940.



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TheScoundrel_70
04-07-13 06:35.17 - Post#2542827    

Hey! I recognize that sheath! There's a machete at the cottage with a heavy leather backstitched sheath. What gets called a "bolo" pattern machete. The sheath retention strap has a brass stud on it, and is light tan leather. I seem to recall seeing the Collins Gator on the blade, and the handle scales look and feel like black Bakelite.

Very cool find Berkley, and good eye recognizing the recycled sheath as what it is!

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Berkley
04-13-13 11:00.26 - Post#2544153    

Long ago, when Uncle Bill Martino was the first moderator of this Cantina, Himalayan Imports brought in some very interesting villager khukuris. These were not made in the HI shop, but actually produced in tiny aruns by village kamis who carried their wares long distances over mountain paths to the HI shop. A few, which were good enough to carry the HI name, were sold to eager buyers like me.
This sirupate, at 16.5", and 16.3 ounces, is purely a fighter. I told Uncle Bill that, if I tried to carry this in my Jeep I would break out laughing if I ever had to try to convince a LEO that this was "just a tool, Officer, just a tool".

Berkley
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Berkley
04-27-13 09:46.04 - Post#2546833    

This pattern has been the subject of much discussion. Some say that it was never issued to Gurkhas, while another authority says khukuris of similar design were issued to the 3rd Gurkha Rifles during WWII.

This particular specimen came from Australia, as many of this type seem to. Almost a million Australian troops served in WWII, and many who served in Asia and the Pacific carried khukuris. This blade shows evidence of sharpening on a grindstone, a not uncommon occurrence in wartime conditions.

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Berkley
04-30-13 09:17.06 - Post#2547254    



Just a test to see if anybody notices - no, it's not a khukuri .
It's the "Christmas katana" by Himalayan Imports, with a kothimora scabbard of silver, turquoise and coral. Best $20 investment I ever made.

Bemo
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04-30-13 11:52.18 - Post#2547282    

I've looked hard at HI's sword offerings. One day it'll wear me down.
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Big Mike
05-01-13 03:13.10 - Post#2547359    

  • Berkley Said:


Just a test to see if anybody notices - no, it's not a khukuri...






Of course we notice!




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Berkley
05-03-13 04:53.40 - Post#2547691    

Also not a khukuri:

I posted a pic of this in the General Forum thread on 1800s knifemaking, so why not here as well. The Himalayan Imports Cherokee Rose. Inspired by a Texian hero, as interpreted by Hollywood movies, designed by a Cherokee and made by a Nepalese - something for everybody.
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Next -- back to khukuris!

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Berkley
05-05-13 10:57.41 - Post#2548051    

  • Berkley Said:
back to khukuris!




Bemo
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05-05-13 11:14.27 - Post#2548058    

Love that picture. The dui chirra's always call my name. But it's in Nepalese and I don't always hear it

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Berkley
05-11-13 01:55.49 - Post#2548842    

The handle on this Nepalese sirupate khukuri is made from brass. The two sides and butt cap are sheet brass hammered from the reverse side to create a design in low relief, a technique known as repoussè. The pieces are then soldered together to form a single unit. That is filled with a wooden plug and laha and attached just like a horn or wooden handle, making the balance just as blade-heavy as any other khukuri. Although requiring a lot of skilled work, it makes for a better-handling weapon than would be the case if the handle were cast from a single piece of heavy brass. A khukuri like this would be a status symbol for its owner.

fuggelsby
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fuggelsby
05-19-13 10:39.01 - Post#2549933    

That is a helluva bargain, man!
Berkley
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Berkley
05-24-13 15:59.48 - Post#2550710    

Another metal handle - this one of engraved steel, on a tin chirra from India.


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Berkley
05-31-13 13:38.37 - Post#2551867    

Here is an eBay khukuri which was so odd that I was the only one attracted to it. Oh well, that's better than those unseemly sniping wars where a crowd of eager buyers throw money at the seller of a Mk !
Seller's description:
  • Quote:
Vintage 1940's Set of 3 India Kukri Fighting Knife It has a sheath and 2 small knives that are about 3" and the big knife is about 15+". I am selling this for a friend he found it in his fathers items and it had a letter from when he was in the service and brought these home The letter says " Jan. 15, 1944 I certify that the enclosed articles are bonafide gifts from a member of the armed forces of the United States on duty outside the continental limits of the United States and entitled under Public Law 790, to Free Entry.  Marvin Lazette 2nd Lt. Sig. C." No markings. The blade is 11" handle is about 4-1/2



Here is the khukuri, with the letter. Details include two kardas, a highly polished blade, small bone inlays in the grip and a distinctive stupa kaudi. I cut a piece of seasoned wood to test the edge. It performs admirably, is comfortable and well-made.

Research shows 2d Lt. Lazette of the U.S. Army Signal Corps was a script writer for Popular Comics before the war. One of the other writers was Milton Caniff, creator of the popular wartime comics Terry and the Pirates and Male Call. Mr. Lazette was born in 1916, passed away in 2000, a member of the Greatest Generation.

Bemo
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05-31-13 15:50.11 - Post#2551879    

How appropriate for the past Memorial Day!
Berkley
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Berkley
06-15-13 16:53.00 - Post#2553943    

Is the Greek kopis an ancestor of the Nepalese khukuri?

When Alexander III, King of Macedon, Pharaoh of Egypt and King of Persia, crossed the River Indus, to become Sikandar, King of Asia, the kopis was prominent among the arms of his troops. Although he and his army departed, did the forward-curving blade remain, at least as an influence on armorers of the Indian subcontinent?
Prominent writers have answered in the affirmative; some contemporary scholars say there is no link.
Rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, I am not old enough to have any personal knowledge of the truth or falsity of the claim.

However, I think the Valiant kopis is a handsome weapon in its own right - and does bear more than a passing resemblance to the khukuri.

Bemo
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06-16-13 07:10.50 - Post#2553998    

Another gorgeous blade there Berkley. I've never understood how some scholars can say there is no link between the Kopis and the Khukuri. I didn't think the documentation on Khukuri history extends back in time more that 400 years ago or so.
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Big Mike
06-17-13 00:19.16 - Post#2554062    




Friggin' Savage Berkley.




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Berkley
06-23-13 13:30.24 - Post#2555005    

Thanks, guys.
Here is a khukuri without any doubt, with some nice individual touches.



From John Powell - handle is bone with a cast aluminum butt; typical Nepalese Buddhist lotus symbol in leather and fabric stitched on to the leather scabbard covering.

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Berkley
06-27-13 16:33.48 - Post#2555414    


Posted as a picture test, just think of this as a summer re-run.

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Berkley
07-02-13 08:01.41 - Post#2556005    

There are few more beautiful khukuris to my eye than the early Himalayan Imports Foxy Folly models made by master kami Bura.

When you flick the edge of the blade with your fingernail, it rings like a bell.

Berkley
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Berkley
07-11-13 11:57.10 - Post#2557036    

Here is a khukuri I bought on eBay several years ago. I was the only bidder. A quick look reveals the reason, as the blade has been badly pitted and is in relic condition (and this is the good side ).

However, the grip is nicely carved and inlaid with bone Xs, and has a marvelous delicacy. It probably dates from the first quarter of the 20th century.

The damage to the blade may be due to prolonged storage in an ill fitting scabbard, as it seems to spread from the spine towards the edge, and then be all around where the mouth of the scabbard might have been. It may have been holding moisture close to the blade and allowed the rust to spread. Check your blades often!

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Berkley
07-23-13 15:54.17 - Post#2558529    

The Indian officers' ang kholas from the '20s and '30s are some of the best looking, best handling blades ever made. The ornamental metal ring around the grip is typical of the pattern. This one is brass, some are silver.


Bemo
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07-27-13 12:41.51 - Post#2558928    

Wow that's nice. Thanks for showing this.
Berkley
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Berkley
07-27-13 17:57.02 - Post#2558957    

Glad you enjoyed it. More to come.

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Berkley
08-01-13 13:45.12 - Post#2559494    


The customs declaration simply says "antique ornamental cutlery". Pretty accurate, really.

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Big Mike
08-02-13 02:22.56 - Post#2559531    

The fabulous sheath and (bone?) handle do look quite "ornamental",

...but that blade looks like "all business" to me.




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Berkley
08-02-13 17:15.42 - Post#2559648    

Bone it is. The blade was what sold me on the khukuri - a classic fighting blade, thin and light with a smooth flowing curve and deep belly that give so much forward balance.

Berkley
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Berkley
08-10-13 15:19.48 - Post#2560685    

Here's another big old blade - a classic "longleaf" that John Powell picked out of the very first arrivals from the Nepal cache back in 2003. Complete with original scabbard, tinder pouch, karda and chakmak, it's a good example of a Nepalese military khukuri c. 1900.

Berkley
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Berkley
08-11-13 17:08.03 - Post#2560813    



Hey, it's the khukuri picture thread, right? See if you can spot the khukuris.

vance71975
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08-12-13 10:27.07 - Post#2560958    

Now here is one that i like the handle on, These are my fav Knife, but i have always hated the handles on them, i prefer a contoured handle with finger grips.
Berkley
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Berkley
08-12-13 18:42.44 - Post#2561027    

  • vance71975 Said:
Now here is one that i like the handle on,


Did you mean to post a pic, or were you referring to the pic of Milla?

Berkley
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Berkley
08-15-13 14:20.16 - Post#2561388    

This posed photograph of Gurkhas was taken in 1918 in Mesopotamia (better known now as Iraq). They are shown in full tropical kit, including a MkII khukuri.





Berkley
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Berkley
08-21-13 23:55.38 - Post#2562194    

Forward the Gurkhas!



(Great picture, although if you compare it with the photo above you'll see that the illustrator has the scabbard backwards and somehow hanging from the belt without a frog. For that matter, it would make more sense if the discarded rifle in the foreground was a Mauser to match the pickelhaube instead of a ShtLE. )

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Big Mike
08-24-13 02:19.03 - Post#2562461    

Even with it's inconsistencies,

...that's still a Savage drawing my friend.




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Berkley
08-28-13 10:00.43 - Post#2562982    

This week's nominee for best eBay sleeper, a Classic Gurkha Army Khukuri (AKA Longleaf), complete with original scabbard and 2 side knives.

Winning bid: $32.95, with free 2-day shipping!


Inscription on spine indicates manufacture for Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, who ruled Nepal from 1901-1929. Issued to Bhavani Dal Battalion, Company 8, No. 8.



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Big Mike
08-29-13 12:26.03 - Post#2563176    

I missed another Savage deal?




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Berkley
08-30-13 14:52.01 - Post#2563343    

I kept repeating "That is not the khukuri you're looking for".

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Berkley
09-03-13 15:14.03 - Post#2564004    

This is the oldest known provenanced khukuri. Dating from c. 1550-1570 A.D., it belonged to Drabyah Shah, Rajah of Gorkha.


Berkley
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Berkley
09-14-13 16:13.00 - Post#2565476    

This village khukuri is primarily designed for the ritual slaughter of sacrificial animals during Hindu religious festivals. At 20 inches and 727 grams it is not big enough to cleanly behead a bullock, but more than equal to the task for a goat, which is an expensive sacrifice for a poor village.

mohd
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09-18-13 04:51.39 - Post#2565916    

HI Kagas Katne.



Got them some times in 1999, IIANM

mohd
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Berkley
09-18-13 06:49.10 - Post#2565931    

mohd,
Good to see you in the Cantina. Thanks for sharing those.
Nepal Ho,
Berkley

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Berkley
09-21-13 02:50.46 - Post#2566351    

From the DVD of BLADE Magazine's first twenty-five years, a beautiful khukuri made c. 1900 by the famous Sheffield firm of Joseph Rodgers & Sons Ltd.


Berkley
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Berkley
09-24-13 17:05.23 - Post#2566910    

This Indian dui chirra khukuri dates from the period after WWII and Indian independence. Typical of kothimoras of the period, the blade was originally chrome plated, although the plating has been removed when (as almost always happens) it began to oxidize and flake off. Although we now think of chrome plating as synonymous with poor quality tourist blades, in the exuberant post-war 1950s the shiny material, so heavily rationed in wartime, was often used on military presentations to British and Indian officers.

The silver scabbard decoration portrays the heavily armed Hindu goddess Durga, astride her lion, a fitting presentation for an Indian officer.

Berkley
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Berkley
09-30-13 18:45.19 - Post#2567822    

This kothimora khukuri dates from about the fifties and is also Indian, but the style of the khukuri is typically Nepalese. It was probably made in Dehra Dun or Darjeeling by a kami (Hindu lohar) of Nepalese descent.

Dedicated to another powerful female with an exotic name (Elizabeth II Regina, whose royal cypher it bears), this was likely a presentation to a British officer.

Berkley
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Berkley
10-06-13 05:00.56 - Post#2568628    

One of the classic illustrations of how the khukuri was intended to be used: "Goorkhas clearing a passage through bamboo jungle, 1889".

Berkley
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Berkley
10-09-13 03:48.52 - Post#2569053    

Whenever I look at the highly polished export khukuris that most of us use, I am reminded that the average Nepalese khukuri is somewhat less refined in appearance.

It works just as well, though, whatever it lacks in finish.

Berkley
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Berkley
10-14-13 08:06.04 - Post#2569843    

Here's an example of what Benjamin Judkins calls the "Late Gurkha Army Kukri (LGAK)" in his excellent article Identifying and Collecting the Nepalese Military Kukri :

  • Quote:
If the SGAKs [Short Gurkha Army Kukris, AKA "Budhumes"] are something of a mystery, the “Late Gurkha Army Kukris” are positively opaque.  This category corresponds somewhat to a group of knives that IMA and AC marketed as “WWI Vintage Kukris.”  This description is erroneous. 
I am starting to suspect that they represent a late production run of SGAKs as Nepal was restarting its weapons production during WWII.  Many of these knives use totally traditional construction methods.



  • Quote:
Many of these blades are carved with three fullers by the spine..  With the exception of the very early Sirupate and Budhume models (which had only one very deep fuller) almost everything in the IMA/AC cache featured a two fuller design.  In that sense the “WWI vintage” knives were certainly a stylistic departure from what had come before.



  • Quote:
Usually these knives appear to have had their fullers carved with an electric grinder.  Many also look like they were mechanically buffed.  A greater availability of sophisticated tooling might also explain why many of these knives have three fullers rather than the more common two, and generally more complex and finely carved kaudi [or cho].
Some of these later knives are very nice high quality pieces. Their blades are often thinner and a bit more uniform than the SGAKs, making for a knife that feels great in the hand. Further, the differential hardening of the edges of these knives is more pronounced, allowing them to be sharpened to a much greater degree. This is particularly noticeable when compared with the CGAK [Classic Gurkha Army Kukri, AKA "Longleaf"]. These late examples offer a lot to like.


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Berkley
10-19-13 15:55.26 - Post#2570597    

The LGAK shown above was one of the first to arrive in this country in 2003. Here's one that just came from AC this week. (Original scabbards are not to be had any more ). This one clearly shows evidence of mechanical grinding and finishing.


Berkley
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Berkley
10-22-13 06:33.53 - Post#2571022    

The main patterns of Nepalese army khukuris - longleaf (GAK), budhume (SGAK), and WWI (LGAK).

Berkley
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Berkley
10-22-13 10:14.07 - Post#2571062    

...and two more, with a military sirupate on the bottom.

Berkley
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Berkley
11-06-13 01:22.36 - Post#2573378    


Not a khukuri.

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Big Mike
11-06-13 11:42.58 - Post#2573499    

  • Berkley Said:

Not a khukuri.




But Berk, ...what is it.





Big Mike


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Berkley
11-06-13 12:14.15 - Post#2573506    

It's a sacrificial kora, AKA khunda. Specifically designed for cleanly separating the head from a water buffalo with a single blow at the Dashein ceremony. A bit of searching on Google Images will show you possibly more than you want to know - certainly more than I intend to post here.

Big Mike
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Big Mike
11-06-13 14:00.06 - Post#2573524    

Savage.




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Berkley
11-13-13 09:09.00 - Post#2574838    

This one undoubtedly has a story to tell - if only it could. WWII era, with a sheath that looks American.

The story may be in these cryptic numbers - can you decipher them?

Berkley
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Berkley
11-26-13 08:34.15 - Post#2576793    


Big Mike
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Big Mike
11-27-13 02:11.28 - Post#2576877    

A very interesting photo.

The differences between the Mk1 and the Mk2 become apparent when studied side by side.





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Berkley
11-27-13 16:18.29 - Post#2576993    

You can see the further evolution of the MkII design in the WWII khukuris, which are indeed industrial looking compared to their Great War ancestors.

Unmarked specimens like this one were not issued to Gurkhas, but were carried by other Allied troops who found them invaluable for jungle warfare - like Merrill's Marauders.



Berkley
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Berkley
12-01-13 12:55.06 - Post#2577725    

In addition to the full-size MkII, there was a smaller version. Not regulation issue, the so-called "aircrew" MkIIs found favor in cramped spaces like fighter cockpits and tank turrets.

(Wonder if a Bark River aircrew khukuri would find any takers?)

TheScoundrel_70
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TheScoundrel_70
12-07-13 10:29.37 - Post#2578559    

Hey, that's a nice size! And still has great lines! It doesn't look like a stubby runt, the way many designs do when scaled down.
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Berkley
12-10-13 15:46.53 - Post#2579019    

  • Berkley Said:
You can see the further evolution of the MkII design in the WWII khukuris, which are indeed industrial looking compared to their Great War ancestors.


OTOH, even the WWII MkIIs are works of sculpture compared to the late-war Mk3 design.

However, many people find them to be an excellent handling khukuri, still used by the Indian Army Gorkha troops long after the war that was the impetus for the design.

Berkley
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Berkley
12-26-13 12:11.02 - Post#2581516    

At the end of WWII, Indian khukuri makers and sellers found themselves freed from rigid patterns, and inundated with uniformed tourists eager to bring home a "Gurkha knife" as a souvenir.

  • Quote:
Calcutta, India. c. 1945. Most interesting items in this collection of all kinds of hardware, from carpenter's tools to garbage caps, are Ghurka Kukris, here being inspected by RAAF men on leave at the Hogg Markets. Shown: 423804 Flying Officer Elvin Matley of Glen Innes, NSW; 418274 Warrant Officer (WO) W. G. (Hap) Hazard of Lower Ferntree Gully, Vic; 413799 WO I. G. Smede of Taree, NSW. These heavy, curved knives, used by Ghurka troops, make useful jungle knives for airmen.


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Berkley
01-01-14 00:26.43 - Post#2582369    

To welcome the new year, a reminder that 2014 is the centennial of World War I, AKA the Great War - the War to End All Wars.



May it yet come to pass - a peaceful and happy new year.

Glinja
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01-02-14 11:43.00 - Post#2582661    

Here's mine


Don't know much about it and have never seen another one like it. Got it from a seek at the martial arts exhibition.


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Berkley
01-02-14 12:13.06 - Post#2582672    

Welcome to KnifeForums, and thanks for posting.
The Indian khukuris with tulwar hilts are not the traditional design, but do turn up from time to time.

The fancy plating on yours looks ideal for demonstrations of Sikh gatka.

Glinja
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01-02-14 13:38.42 - Post#2582700    



Ahhh! Thanks for the info and the welcome!!

..and indeed, all his blades had similar plating! it was amazing to watch as well!
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Berkley
01-07-14 17:48.45 - Post#2583811    



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Berkley
01-22-14 16:44.11 - Post#2586299    

A little eye candy courtesy of the royal family of Nepal.


Not mine, of course. But a fellow can dream, can't he?

Ravenman
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01-30-14 06:40.50 - Post#2587526    

I got this Kukri. Any Information about the knife would be appreciated.




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Berkley
01-30-14 12:02.39 - Post#2587589    

You have a well-known fake military piece, the so-called "The MKIII handled MKII". See the excellent article by German collector Andreas Volk, "Avoiding the Military Kukri Fake".
The letters, symbol and numbers stamped on the blade

indicate Indian Government property MkII inspected at Cossipore Arsenal by Inspector 43 in 1916. Unfortunately, that style of khukuri handle was not made until 1943. And inspector 43 is the only guy who ever marks these fakes.
OTOH, if the edge is properly hardened it could make a decent user - if you can get used to or reshape the clumsy grip.

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01-30-14 19:42.13 - Post#2587659    

Thank you very much. It is always better to know the truth.
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02-10-14 02:58.30 - Post#2589211    

Picture test following forum downtime for Private Topic fix.


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Berkley
02-17-14 13:58.12 - Post#2590440    


As Mad Elephant Disease spreads to the British Isles, now we can say a fond farewell to the ivory-hilted antique khukuris in the Royal Collection:
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How this will save one living elephant is a mystery to me, but apparently quite clear to people with sufficient hereditary wealth to be able to cull beauty and history for a whim.

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TheScoundrel_70
02-23-14 07:30.01 - Post#2591194    

Beautiful blades! There is something criminal about his Royalness pulling such a thoughtless knee-jerk reaction to the ruling. In all things that change, there should always be a grandfather allowance for pre-existing pieces. By destroying a piece of art like that, it makes the death of the animal completely pointless and now a total, shameful waste. I think it also screams volumes about His Elevatedness' values on history. Ironic since the Royal Family themselves are now little more than shiny, expensive hood ornaments for Olde Britania themselves.
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Berkley
02-23-14 13:56.18 - Post#2591256    

Not always such ardent conservationists.

King Edward VIII, then Prince of Wales tiger hunting. Nepal. 1921.
(If I wanted to be tacky, I could post a pic of the Principled Prince's grandmum, QEII, on a tiger hunt in the 1950s. To be fair, though, she only rode along on the elephant and did no shooting.)

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Berkley
02-25-14 14:04.26 - Post#2591541    

OK, enough with depressing political diversions. Back to khukuris!

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Berkley
03-02-14 15:57.31 - Post#2592239    

More khukuris!

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Berkley
03-07-14 19:10.04 - Post#2592993    

Bring the khukuris!


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TheScoundrel_70
03-11-14 02:39.39 - Post#2593474    

Those are gorgeous!
Berkeley, what is the type/story with the bottom Kuk? It's unusual with almost bolo characteristics.
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Berkley
03-11-14 03:11.14 - Post#2593481    

The Himalayan Imports YCS (Yvsa Cherokee Special) is made in Nepal, but was designed by the late Yvsa Gigagei, a Cherokee NDN from Oklahoma. He was a multi-talented craftsman who created a very personal vision of his ideal khukuri, loosely based on old traditional styles but really unique. It is my favorite heavy- duty chopper.

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Berkley
03-14-14 17:03.55 - Post#2593956    


The blade of this khukuri is inscribed in English:"Presented by Rana General Bhim P. Jang"

[Major General Sri Sri Sri Maharajkumar Bhim Pratap Jang Bahadur Rana was the eldest son (by first wife) of the Nepalese Prime Minister and hereditary ruler of Nepal 1846-1877, Commanding-General His Highness Svasti Sri Madati Prachandra Bhujadandyetyadi Sri Sri Maharaja Sir Jang Bahadur Kunwar Ranaji, Maharaja of Lambjang and Kaski. The son died from a beating administered by his father.]
"To H H The Maharaja Bv of Rawa State".

[His Holiness Maharaja Bhaktivedanta (Bhai Maharaj Singh) of Rawalpindi, was "a saintly person turned revolutionary who led an anti-British movement in the Punjab after the first Anglo-Sikh war", died in New Jail, Singapore, 1856.] It is quite likely that the son's friendship with the anti-British revolutionary was what angered his father to the point of murder, since Jang Bahadur was extremely pro-British, in the interest of strengthening Nepal. Had the son lived, he would have been the heir apparent to the hereditary position of Prime Minister.
The handle is unique, being a form of ivory known as "elephant pearls".

Rare ancient Gaja Mukta ("elephant pearls") in elephant tusks come about with the collection of bacteria through an infection at the base of the tusks, growing like a cancer into the tusks. An elephant can live 125 years, and it takes 75 to 80 for the "pearls" to be formed. These are venerated in the Hindu religion. The Rana family, which ruled Nepal as hereditary Prime Ministers, owned many hundreds of captive elephants, including some which were described in contemporary accounts as being of exceptional size.
Such a presentation undoubtedly came in a gold kothimora scabbard - unfortunately long ago scavenged, stolen or otherwise separated from the khukuri. On the blade are Hindi inscriptions in the characteristic dot script of Bikaner Armoury, one of which is an inventory number, while the other reads "treasury" or "storehouse".
There is much history and drama associated with this khukuri.

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TheScoundrel_70
03-17-14 03:57.46 - Post#2594178    

Thanks for the info on the YCS, that is a gorgeous and serious looking blade!

At first, I thought the Gaja Mukta handles were a Curley burl like birch or maple. Absolutely stunning! I can't believe these treasures could be at risk due to the recent ruling on Ivory.
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Berkley
03-20-14 10:53.52 - Post#2594580    

From the sublime to the ridiculous:

An actual Chinese knock-off of a Nepalese khukuri, made in the Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Nothing is sacred any more.

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03-26-14 07:31.50 - Post#2595438    

You know, I don't have a problem when someone else makes their own version or interpretation of a design, but it bugs me when they try to make a duplicate and pass it off as authentic. Looks to me like they made all efforts to put "authentic" markings of this Chinese fortune-khukuri.
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Berkley
03-26-14 17:42.17 - Post#2595501    

  • TheScoundrel_70 Said:
Chinese fortune-khukuri.




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03-29-14 11:41.42 - Post#2595881    

A couple of photos of politically incorrect rubbish, soon to be consigned to the dustbin of history for the greater good of...er, something or other.


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04-01-14 12:26.30 - Post#2596339    

The dust of a future past??
Beautiful blades!! I just can't wrap my head around destroying anything because of a change in policy. It just seems such a knee-jerk reaction, and worst of all, by policy makers who seem so far removed from the situation as to not want to put much effort or thought into addressing the issues. Most sweeping, all encompassing measures are rarely well thought out and make circumstantial criminals out of honest and conscientious folks who were never part of the problem in the first place.
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Berkley
04-06-14 10:50.49 - Post#2597045    

I've always been fascinated by this picture. Obviously taken with modern color film, it shows a Nepalese farmer and his family. The farmer's son has an 1853 Enfield, and he has a Gurkha army khukuri of the type sold by IMA/AC as antiques.
It appears that great-grandpa brought his weapons home with him when his hitch in the Royal Nepalese Army was up!


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Berkley
04-09-14 12:27.50 - Post#2597460    



This just in from across the sea. It's always a relief when a long-distance trade is completed successfully and both parties are happy. And I'm definitely happy.

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04-10-14 23:26.18 - Post#2597637    

Wow! Another beauty!! The carved metal on the handle along with the inlays looks really classy!
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Berkley
04-13-14 14:44.36 - Post#2597944    

Another dui chirra blade with a fancy handle.

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Berkley
04-15-14 13:22.02 - Post#2598246    

A thread in the general forum made me realize that I have never posted the entry for "kukri" from Stone's Glossary.



Its full title (A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: in All Countries and in All Times, by George Cameron Stone) gives some idea of the scope of this amazing and unique reference. Every serious student of edged weapons should have a copy in the library or on the Kindle.

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brianWE
04-15-14 16:42.35 - Post#2598262    

Why not make that a sticky?


Edit:
I mean...on its own.
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04-15-14 18:22.08 - Post#2598270    


SmokingJoe
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04-15-14 21:01.21 - Post#2598281    

  • Berkley Said:
Imagine a Gurkha soldier in WWI as he carrried all this gear!
Not shown are a gas mask and entrenching tool. The khukuri is a MkI.




Thats an Ex-JP Mark I isn't it Berk ?

Joe
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04-15-14 23:58.48 - Post#2598288    

  • SmokingJoe Said:

Thats an Ex-JP Mark I isn't it Berk ?

Joe



I believe you can just see the tip of the scabbard at the top right.



Glad to see you again. Pull up a chair and make yourself at home.

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Berkley
04-17-14 12:55.06 - Post#2598523    

Sometimes a picture is all there is . I watched this one on eBay, finally convincing myself that I might try to take it with a last minute snipe bid even though I didn't have the money. Alas, the two bidders took it above my level long before the auction was over. I cleaned up the seller's photos so you can see the details.


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Berkley
04-23-14 08:01.20 - Post#2599339    

OTOH, this is one I do have. The first HI I ever bought, a 20" shop 1 sirupate "blem" with an epoxy-fixed crack in the horn handle.



The fix was done by Bill Martino when a fussy collector returned the khukuri. I snapped it up at a bargain price, and have had it ever since. It did a tour in Iraq with a friend back when Saddam was still alive, but was returned, sharper than when it left.


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Berkley
04-27-14 15:38.52 - Post#2599825    

Another one I don't have.
Just as well - it's contraband now, anyway....


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Berkley
04-30-14 12:53.45 - Post#2600223    

More contraband.



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TheScoundrel_70
04-30-14 13:40.48 - Post#2600226    

Gorgeous, gorgeous blades. Makes me want a career in contraband! Wow, that Ivory Ban really backfired, didn't it?!?
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Berkley
05-03-14 07:04.17 - Post#2600496    

Yet more contraband.


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Berkley
05-08-14 21:37.00 - Post#2601224    

Here's one that brings to mind the phrase "fit for a king".




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Berkley
05-09-14 16:57.02 - Post#2601344    

An early and unusual khukuri from the Gurkha Museum.

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Berkley
05-16-14 11:30.43 - Post#2602131    

Jumping ahead a few years, here is the (as yet unused) World War 3 model:


Gurkha House WW III khukuri. Serial number 1 of 40 ordered, although fewer than that were ever completed c. 1998 (the first batch of 12)-2000.
18" WW II model bare blade with full tapered tang, furnished by Lalit Kumar Lama of Khukuri House. Marked with Gurkha House "G.H." in Devanagari script on right side of blade; NEPAL over WW III over serial number on left side.
Blued and fitted with smooth black canvas micarta handle by Robert Couture.
Scott Evans sheath designer - Edge Works Manufacturing, custom fitted quick-release side opening Kydex scabbard.


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Berkley
05-24-14 03:32.31 - Post#2603029    

Traditional khukuris usually reflected Hindu (or Hindu/Buddhist) aesthetics. Here's a Mughal presentation with some Islamic (and perhaps English as well) influences.

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Berkley
05-29-14 04:49.48 - Post#2603639    


From The Gurkha Rifles by J.B.R Nicholson, Men-at-Arms series

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06-08-14 07:27.05 - Post#2604880    

Berkly, the gems you post always impress me.




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06-09-14 04:15.13 - Post#2604987    

Thanks!

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06-17-14 23:15.05 - Post#2605887    

Most people correctly associate the khukuri with Nepal or India (including the portion of former British India now known as Pakistan). However, this khukuri is unquestionably a product of Afghanistan.

This 19th Century Royal Afghan Army khukuri bears the coat of arms of the government armoury at Kabul, with its stylized depiction of a mosque and crossed cannons.

There are fewer than 10 known specimens in the West and in Russia.

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Berkley
06-22-14 08:34.59 - Post#2606302    


Some military khukuris, showing their weight in grams for comparison.

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06-25-14 16:49.10 - Post#2606680    

Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun, 3rd Battalion, 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles. Recipient of the Victoria Cross, 23 June 1944, Pin Hmi Road Bridge, Burma.



"His outstanding courage and superb gallantry in the face of odds which meant almost certain death were most inspiring to all ranks and beyond praise."

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Berkley
06-30-14 10:17.13 - Post#2607069    

"Lion head" khukuris turn up for identification so often that I decided it was useful to prepare a stock response that fits most cases. It's stored on the hard drive of my computer to save time and keep from reinventing the wheel,

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Your khukuri is an Indian-made "lion head" type. So called because of the shape of the butt cap, which is supposed to represent the Lion of Ashoka. Sometimes it does, sometimes it looks more like a pig head or a shapeless lump, depending on the quality of the workmanship. It is the most common type of khukuri, having been turned out in the hundreds of thousands for the last sixty years or so. Intended for the tourist and souvenir trade, they vary in quality from dreadful to just useable. That basic design has been made since c. 1945, so there is really no way to tell the age of any one example. The water buffalo horn handle is frequently found to have damage from dermestid beetles, probably a result of the general lack of hygiene in the Indian sweatshops where they are made. Value of even the best specimens in good condition is low. Supply of this type greatly exceeds demand.



However, I have admit that I'm not immune to the charms of a pretty lion head. This one followed me home years ago, and I still enjoy it.




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Berkley
07-05-14 00:40.33 - Post#2607463    

Some time ago i posted a picture of the Sirmoor khukuri in my collection: LINK.
Recently I had occasion to put together a group photo of every Sirmoor that has ever appeared on the Web:

Khukuri porn.

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Berkley
07-11-14 12:12.43 - Post#2608144    



OK, not a khukuri - the other Nepalese knife, a hasiyah, sometimes known as a "women's knife". This one by Himalayan Imports, so of course much fancier than the working blades found in the fields of Nepal.


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07-20-14 06:09.43 - Post#2609031    



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07-22-14 05:00.35 - Post#2609239    



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07-24-14 03:08.05 - Post#2609448    

  • Berkley Said:
Most people correctly associate the khukuri with Nepal or India (including the portion of former British India now known as Pakistan). However, this khukuri is unquestionably a product of Afghanistan.

This 19th Century Royal Afghan Army khukuri bears the coat of arms of the government armoury at Kabul, with its stylized depiction of a mosque and crossed cannons.

There are fewer than 10 known specimens in the West and in Russia.






Berkley, I did not know that.

I guess you can teach an old dog something new.



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Berkley
07-26-14 11:14.29 - Post#2609643    

Here is an Indian kukri, probably from around 1950. The silver-mounted kothimora scabbard bears a gilt image of the Indian national emblem, the Lion capital of Ashoka.

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08-01-14 01:59.53 - Post#2610115    



Featured in John Powell's article "Kothimoras, The Fanciest Kukris" in the November 2002 edition of Arms Collecting, described as:
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A "box" kothimora with a beautifully engraved silver shield and chape. This piece is also unique in that the kukri itself is so elaborate with a decorated grip of silver and rosewood. c. 1890.


Every detail is either elaborately decorated or uniquely designed, including a full width tang with lined handle scales, a finely chiseled kaudi and a very unusual attached belt frog (only partially remaining). It has a full, tapered tang and a lanyard attachment, in addition to the two-part spring-release frog attachment.

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Berkley
08-06-14 06:48.40 - Post#2610652    

Speaking of John Powell, here are a few from his collection.

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Berkley
08-10-14 12:46.12 - Post#2611048    

Yet another box kothimora, from the same source as the last one.


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Berkley
08-15-14 04:56.26 - Post#2611496    

Got ambitious and spent a couple of hours with the Sunshine cloth, polishing up all the kothimoras. Might as well show some while they're still shiny.

J Roberts
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08-22-14 12:36.13 - Post#2612194    

Beautiful Khukuri brother, really love the color on the blade and hilt. what are the specs on that and where did you get it?
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Berkley
08-22-14 13:23.55 - Post#2612203    

shilohreb hasn't visited the forum since 2011, so I don't know if you'll get an answer to your questions about his 2008 post.

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Berkley
09-03-14 04:11.09 - Post#2613014    

The Cantina is now officially back open for business. First one's on me.

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09-13-14 00:42.16 - Post#2613925    

Khukuri porn:

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09-17-14 19:41.15 - Post#2614324    

Hello everyone! It's good to be back...yes it is! Still looking like there's a khukri mania out there ;))
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09-19-14 11:14.25 - Post#2614469    


Himalayan Imports khukuri collection

1 Dui chirra w/ horn handled tools by Bura ("Berk Special")
2 Christmas kothimoda katana by Bura
3 Foxy Folly by Bura
4 Yvsa Cherokee Special (YCS) by Sanu w/ 2 kardas
5 Museum Model by Sher
6 Elephant by Lokendra
7 Special fleur de lys cho blade by the Rpyal kami for John Powell; walnut handle w/ oosic buttplate by Terry Sisco
8 Ugly Duckling true villager, scabbard by Sarge from Afghanistan
9 Uncle Bill Memorial Salyan by Bura
10 Biltong kothimoda by Sgt Khadka
11 Chesapeake Bay Knife Club khukuri - 1999 reissue
12 Kagas katne
13 Kagas katne
14 JKM (James K Mattis) Special
15 Kerambit
16 Kumar karda
17 20" Shop 1 sirupati
18 18" special Shop 1 sirupati
19 SN1 Shop 2 chandan-handled sirupati
20 Shop 2 sirupati
21 Lightweight unknown model, engraved buttplate, horn hilt
22 Village sirupati
23 12" villager ang khola
24 knife w/ carved handle
25 Dhankuta
26 12" villager chiruwa "as forged" ang khola

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Berkley
09-20-14 18:18.01 - Post#2614491    

Perhaps my favorite blade from HI, the Foxy Folly:


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Berkley
09-22-14 16:37.31 - Post#2614663    

A group of typical Nepalese village khukuris.

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Berkley
09-27-14 02:22.52 - Post#2614942    

From the opposite end of the spectrum:

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Berkley
10-01-14 11:50.31 - Post#2615282    

Gold Nepalese box kothimora.



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Berkley
10-05-14 01:23.26 - Post#2615515    

The top one got away, alas.

But three out of four isn't bad!

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Berkley
10-10-14 16:31.50 - Post#2616029    

Lest we forget a major reason why the khukuri is such a famous blade -

the man behind the blade!

JayGoliath
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10-12-14 02:00.27 - Post#2616156    

A clearer pic!



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Berkley
10-13-14 00:51.16 - Post#2616225    

Thanks, Jay. Feel free to post any other good ones.

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10-14-14 16:01.53 - Post#2616365    


Apologies if I have posted this photo before, but this is an experiment. The hard drive on my big computer
died, and I am trying to learn how to upload photos from my iPad.
And my list of photos I have posted was, of course - on the hard drive of the big computer.

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Berkley
10-19-14 09:00.24 - Post#2616671    

Another Nepalese Army military khukuri.

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Berkley
10-21-14 00:05.35 - Post#2616797    

Sirmoor khukuri, possibly the work of Manton & Co., Calcutta.

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10-29-14 13:14.17 - Post#2617398    


Nepalese Royal Armoury, c. 1865.


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11-03-14 12:49.17 - Post#2617728    


Nice bone inlays and a hollow-forged blade set this Nepalese khukuri apart from the ordinary.

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Berkley
11-09-14 11:36.11 - Post#2618097    

Also not ordinary:



(Not a khukuri. Nepalese military kora (Khunda), 19th C. Designed to really reach out and touch someone. )

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Berkley
11-11-14 05:13.08 - Post#2618256    



In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Berkley
11-13-14 03:49.14 - Post#2618435    


A tool kit or "trousse" khukuri, with an accumulation of tools and room for even more in the scabbard.

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Berkley
11-18-14 01:53.22 - Post#2618765    

Smaller than any of the tools shown above, a tiny kothimora.

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Berkley
11-20-14 13:06.20 - Post#2618988    

At the opposite extreme:

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11-24-14 06:25.32 - Post#2619299    

A real workhorse chopper, the "WWII" pattern is a go-to staple for many folks.

This one is no exception, although the brass handle makes it unsuitable for cold-weather work.

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11-30-14 05:14.52 - Post#2619721    

For those who might think metal handles are not traditional, here's one I got from John Powell:



OAL: 19 3/8"
Blade: 15 1/2"
Grip: 4 1/4"
Drop: 3 1/2"
Belly: 2 3/8"
Weight: 1lb 15oz

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This was a knife used by the Burma Military Police (Kubo Valley Police Battalion) between 1887-1890. This same unit was absorbed by Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles in 1906. The history of these police groups is quite extensive, and specific mention is made about the "crispness of their kit", "bright leather belts" and "distinctive gleaming metal handled kookries" with "blackened blade".
All specs and descriptions taken from museums and dispatches from the 1870's and 1880's. The light straps on the frog have been reconstructed from photos and written descriptions . The karda and chakma are from Himalayan Imports and are a best guess as to size.

-JP


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insector
12-04-14 05:10.53 - Post#2620115    

Wow!



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12-05-14 03:56.01 - Post#2620209    

Thanks - It is an impressive beast.

Here's another big 'un. It may be one of the oldest I have.


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12-15-14 12:21.23 - Post#2620976    

...and here's the very newest!



A pretty little Bilton from Himalayan Imports, with horn and antler handle.
Thank you, Santa!

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12-28-14 13:45.45 - Post#2621908    

A classic sirupate by most definitions, I think.



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01-11-15 09:50.29 - Post#2623125    


Presented to George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India, by the Maharaja of Nepal.

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01-17-15 06:30.41 - Post#2623564    

Back to the real world - a very nice 22" HI chainpure/sirupate from the old Shop 2 days.



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The kamis in shop 2 have reverted to a method of forging that was used by their grandfathers. I don't think this method of manufacture has been used in Nepal for maybe 40 years except in rare instances in the villages when they were trying to make a top notch khukuri. It involves rubbing the blade with some kind of "magic" stone during the forging process. What this stone is I still don't know but I'm trying to find out. My guess is it is some type stone that imparts small grains of sand or some other material to the blade which is pounded into the steel during the forging -- maybe a higher silicon content or carbon content is the end result of the "magic" stone. I'm just not sure right now. However, the kamis swear this insures the blade will never break under any circumstances. And, who am I to argue with kamis who have a four or five hundred year tradition of knifemaking to their credit. Kami tells me these are the best lot of khukuris he has ever seen so I have to believe they are something special.

-Bill Martino, 06/01/99

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01-24-15 09:44.59 - Post#2624041    

Here is a village kami from the Nepalese village of Palanchok, about 55 km NE of Kathmandu:



Yangdu Martino of Himalayan imports visited the Goddess Kali temple in Palanchok in 2011. She also visited the village kami, and took pictures of some of the work he produced - true villager khukuris, sacrificial koras (khundas), and simple gowa knives



And here is one of those very knives, at use in my kitchen, far from the place of its origin.


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03-14-16 13:00.22 - Post#2624351    


1/4th Gurkhas at kit inspection showing kukris [Le Sart, France; 24 Jul 1915]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood. British Library Digitised Manuscripts.

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03-24-16 11:04.44 - Post#2624525    

It is rare for a seller's description and photos to be good enough to relieve the buyer from having to improve upon them before posting. Not so in this case, and not surprising given the provenance.
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This item is from the estate sale of the ethnographic arms collection of Lewis Waldman
Khukuri (Kukri) Inscribed 'EFR Dakka 1935' on Hilt Cap
This military style khukuri features a 12 inch (31 cm) blade with a well formed cho that is 0.33 inch (0.83 cm) thick at the spine. A concave cutting edge from the cho becomes convex to form the 'belly' of the blade and ends in a relatively acute point. A typical pair of shallow, narrow fullers track the spine on either face before the forward turn. The blade face is slightly concave from the back, widening before the bevel to a sharp edge. The blade is finished bright with fine grinding marks and some scattered discoloration and fingerprints. The hilt is of dark wood with an iron bolster. The hilt has an aluminum cap plate with a rocker engraved inscription 'EFR Dacca 1935'. (Dacca is the former name for Dhaka, currently the capital of Bangladesh, located in the Bengal delta.) A well fitting black leather covered wooden scabbard with an aluminum tip cap accompanies the kukri. There is an area of damage on the display face of the scabbard with leather loss (possibly there was once a strap here) and all but the back of the pouch has been been lost. Sheathed length is 17½ inches (44.5 cm) with a weight of just over 20½ ounces (588 grams).





The Eastern Frontier Rifles were founded as the Frontier Protection Force by the East India Company at some point in the second half of the eighteenth century. In 1795 they were renamed the Ramgarh Local Battalion. In 1861 they became the Frontier Guards; in 1891 they were renamed the Bengal Military Police, modernized and given up-to-date weaponry as a unit of the Bengal Army. In 1910 they were enlarged and headquartered at the East Bengal capital Dacca (now Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh). They fought in World War I as a unit of the Bengal Command of the British Indian Army.
In 1920 they were reorganized and renamed the Eastern Frontier Rifles. They were actively involved in suppression of the Indian independence movement, including the pursuit of Surya Sen after the Chittagong Armoury Raid of 1930. On 22 April they engaged the Raiders; as a result of the action, 12 persons were killed and 29 police muskets and 2000 rounds of ammunition and many empty cases were recovered. Four of the rebels were killed and two captured, while six revolvers were recovered. The District Magistrate, Mymen Singh, wrote to the Government of Bengal, saying that: "Eastern Frontier Rifles have been invaluable as usual. The mere fact of their presence is a valuable asset to District Authorities." The Eastern Frontier Rifles fought in the Second World War. (Wikipedia).

I was very pleased to acquire this well-made khukuri associated with an interesting, if little-known, unit.
Thanks to our forum's unfortunate attack of amnesia, I can share it here again as I first did in 2015.

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04-04-16 12:49.31 - Post#2624774    

Another previously posted acquisition from 2015, to help reconstruct the lost year:



A WWII-era MkII.

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05-05-16 11:58.25 - Post#2625392    


The kaudi, or as Uncle Bill referred to it, the cho, is one of the most distinctive elements of the khukuri. Whether you consider it a functional blood dripper or a symbolic religious image, it comes in an amazing variety of shapes. Above are just a few.

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05-09-16 22:50.57 - Post#2625439    


A Nepalese Brown Bess musket with a khunda (kora) sword and a fighting khukuri with silver butt cap.

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05-15-16 08:57.44 - Post#2625514    



National Geographic 1935

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06-02-16 17:53.56 - Post#2625824    


Indian box kothimora - Lions of Ashoka.

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06-24-16 23:46.15 - Post#2626114    

Nepalese khukuri, 19th century, incurved blade, widening towards the point, gold damascening decoration on the forte and along the back, the gilt hilt set with floral bosses set with rubies and emeralds, the gilt mounts on the hilt similarly decorated, 47.5 cm. long.


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07-14-16 15:16.10 - Post#2626336    



Forward the Gurkhas!

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08-20-16 16:52.19 - Post#2626779    



Silver dragon kothimora - 18" sirupate, engraved blade, silver plated brass hilt. Khukuri bling.

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09-07-16 08:17.26 - Post#2626935    



HI katunje, Yangdu special

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09-16-16 08:42.43 - Post#2627014    

This is going on the auction block tomorrow:



I was tempted to try my luck, but the opening bid of €1,500 was just a little too rich for my blood.
If you're interested in adding a gold-mounted royal kothimora to your collection, send me a PT and I'll give you a heads-up on the auction location.

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09-29-16 16:33.34 - Post#2627137    


When Jang Bahadur Rana left Nepal to visit Britain late in 1850, one witness testified that the prime minister had 'stepped into the verandah overlooking the garden [of his lodgings in Calcutta], on the broad path of which a long line of bright and terrible bayonets (shaped like the Kookree, or Nepaulese knife - a very handsome curved weapon) glittered in the sun...'

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10-09-16 07:50.02 - Post#2627198    


"It is in felling small trees or shrubs, and lopping the branches of others for this purpose, that the dagger, or knife worn by every Nepaulian, and called Khookheri, is chiefly employed; it is also of very great use, as I repeatedly experienced, in clearing away the road when obstructed by the low hanging boughs of trees, and other similar impediments.” - An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul by Col. William J. Kirkpatrick, London, 1811

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10-17-16 04:03.30 - Post#2627297    



Here's another recent auction item.

The opening bid on this was low enough that I could at least afford to throw some money at it. Unfortunately, the winning bid was considerably higher.

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11-18-16 17:48.34 - Post#2627666    

The original version of the HI Foxy Folly is still my favorite modern khukuri.


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01-01-17 02:33.04 - Post#2628126    

New year's resolution: clean some of this clutter off the desk!


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02-25-17 17:14.19 - Post#2628691    





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