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Username Post: Khukuri Picture Thread        (Topic#811790)
Berkley
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11-20-14 13:06.20 - Post#2618988    


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At the opposite extreme:


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Berkley
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11-24-14 06:25.32 - Post#2619299    


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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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Berkley
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11-30-14 05:14.52 - Post#2619721    


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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
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12-04-14 05:10.53 - Post#2620115    


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Wow!


 
Berkley
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12-05-14 03:56.01 - Post#2620209    


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Thanks - It is an impressive beast.

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



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Berkley
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12-15-14 12:21.23 - Post#2620976    


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...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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Berkley
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12-28-14 13:45.45 - Post#2621908    


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A classic sirupate by most definitions, I think.




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Berkley
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01-11-15 09:50.29 - Post#2623125    


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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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Berkley
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01-17-15 06:30.41 - Post#2623564    


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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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Berkley
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01-24-15 09:44.59 - Post#2624041    


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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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