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    Username Post: Khukuri Picture Thread        (Topic#811790)
    Berkley
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    03-14-16 13:00.22 - Post#2624351    


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    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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    Berkley
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    03-24-16 11:04.44 - Post#2624525    


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    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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    Berkley
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    04-04-16 12:49.31 - Post#2624774    


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



    A WWII-era MkII.

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    Berkley
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    05-05-16 11:58.25 - Post#2625392    


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    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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    Berkley
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    05-09-16 22:50.57 - Post#2625439    


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

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    Berkley
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    05-15-16 08:57.44 - Post#2625514    


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    National Geographic 1935

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    Berkley
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    06-02-16 17:53.56 - Post#2625824    


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    Indian box kothimora - Lions of Ashoka.

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    Berkley
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    06-24-16 23:46.15 - Post#2626114    


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    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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    Berkley
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    07-14-16 15:16.10 - Post#2626336    


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    Forward the Gurkhas!

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    Berkley
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    08-20-16 16:52.19 - Post#2626779    


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

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