Gurkha Knife Set
CARBON STEEL * LEATHER SHEATH
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This Gurkha Service Kukri has a large, heavy, polished and functional carbon steel blade making it the ideal tool for heavy chopping and brush clearing work or as an addition to a collection. Also includes two small knives which fit neatly in the brass tipped leather sheath. The Kukri comes with two small knives (Karda and Chakmak).
Dimensions: 1 x 3.25 x 18.375 inches
Carbon Steel 11.5 inch blade
Two small knives, each with a 3.125 inch blade
Brass tipped leather sheath
ABOUT THE KUKRI: The kukri (also sometimes spelled khukri or khukuri) is a curved Nepalese knife used as both tool and weapon. It is also a part of the regimental weaponry and heraldry of The Royal Gurkha Rifles. It is known to many people as simply the "Gurkha Blade" or "Gurkha Knife". Also widely used in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state of India, where it is called Kaanta or Dafya (in Kumaoni). It is a matter of debate where the design came into Nepal from another or who promoted it first. It may be indigenous to the Indian region, but ancient Egypt, the Iberians, and the Greeks used similar designs. One weapon of Iberian origin, the Falcata, shows some similarity with the kukri, and the Greeks used forms called the Machaira and kopis. Alexander the Great's men used weapons of this type and may have spread it into India when Alexander moved into the Punjab. The Greek kings in Afghanistan and India in later centuries who had relation with Mediterranean culture (after the time of Julius Caesar and Roman merchants, who had a huge commercial presence in India) seem to have used tools similar to kukri, and possibly were promoters of it. It is not documented if the Aryans had similar tool at that time. Eurasian steppe people, the Turks used a type of forward-curving Turkish sword yataghan (mid-16th to late 19th centuries) which first appeared in centuries after the Battle of Manzikert and looked similar to kukri. Gurkha troops were issued the kukri and regularly trained in its use. The weapon was used in combat in both World War I and World War II, where it earned a deadly reputation among enemy forces. During the Second World War, the kukri was purchased and used by other British, Commonwealth, and U.S. troops training in India, including the Chindits and Merrill's Marauders.