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Kukri Identification

Postby csgrv » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:03 am

Does anyone know were to find Identification information on Kukri style knives?

I have searched the internet but come up with a bunch of things on the older collectors pieces.

I think the one I have dates to the 40' or 50's but would just like to know. I will post photos if needed but don't have it with me right now.

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Re: Kukri Identification

Postby PT7 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:35 am

csgrv wrote:Does anyone know were to find Identification information on Kukri style knives?

I have searched the internet but come up with a bunch of things on the older collectors pieces.

I think the one I have dates to the 40' or 50's but would just like to know. I will post photos if needed but don't have it with me right now.

Thanks


First time I've heard of a Kukri-style knife. Found some "off-topic" discussions about them on BladeForums.com. From reading some of those discussions, it appears to be that your task of "identification" is the most challenging one there is for owners of authentic Kukri knives.

On the BF site, this article was referenced: https://chinesemartialstudies.com/2012/ ... ary-kukri/ It is quite long with history, pictures of various Kukris, and a lot of info on attempts to identify and date these knives. I don't know if this will provide anything helpful, but I'm listing it for whatever it might be worth.

Also I suggest you might do some searches on the BF web site. There is a very large membership there; there may be more current discussions than the off topic ones I've looked at. Also saw some beautiful pictures of one of the knife craftsman's creation of a Kukri, which he made out of modern blade materials. Incredible-looking knife.

Best in your hunt. Pictures of your knife would be interesting to see.
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Re: Kukri Identification

Postby csgrv » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:23 pm

Thanks PT7,
I will post photos later this week. I will look at the links and check out BladeForums.....should be interesting.
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Re: Kukri Identification

Postby csgrv » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:39 pm

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Re: Kukri Identification

Postby PT7 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:23 pm

csgrv wrote:Thanks PT7,
I will post photos later this week. I will look at the links and check out BladeForums.....should be interesting.


Those photos are fantastic, Csgrv. I thought the BF fellow who made a Kukri out of modern blade materials had a good-looking knife. For the estimated age you think yours is, it runs circles around his brand new replica.

BTW, those markings are exceptionally clear on your blade; surprisingly so against the photographs I saw in the blog article link I posted. You really have a very sharp-looking knife in hand. I don't think you would, but don't let it get away!! If you learn anything further, sure hope you post to the Forum.

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P.S. I'm going to re-visit that blog and look at those photos one more time. You've got me quite interested again... ;)
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Re: Kukri Identification

Postby csgrv » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:13 pm

I will let you know if I find anything new. Tried it on a small tree branch today and it works very well as an axe......lol
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Re: Kukri Identification

Postby bmur66 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:29 am

I would say that is a Gurkha Kukri. Here is a similar one.

https://www.kukrimart.com/139/Mero-Pana ... viver.html
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Re: Kukri Identification

Postby PT7 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:57 am

bmur66 wrote:I would say that is a Gurkha Kukri


From what I've read so far, I tend to agree, Bmur66. Still haven't finished wading through the lengthy article I posted, but it might have some specifics to the markings on Csgrv's knife. His question re. identification information for his knife is still unanswered. Just hoping this article, and the pictures, might shed some light on that.

Early on the author posed the purpose in his research:
For the average collector the most frequently sought after military knives are the British pattern kukris issued to the Gurkhas during WWI and WWII. Nepalese military kukris are a different story. I felt like the British knives were already understood, and I wanted to make a contribution to the kukri community. The relatively fuzzy world of Nepalese military knives seemed like a good place to start.


Since you noted your thoughts that it is a Gurkha, I looked for that specific detail. Found the Gurkha term in this definition on a web sales site for Kukris: http://www.gurkhakukriknife.com/what-is-khukuri/ If you clicked on the "Shop" link, under "Nepali Khukuri" there are five sub-models or designs of these knives. Hard to imagine that originally, most of these knives were completely hand-made!

All above to say, the search is "deep," interesting, and fun.
Onward.

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P.S. There is one crazy detail I'm looking for. It would be something else, if the markings on Csgrv's knife came close to markings on one of the many military knives photographed in the article. A needle in a haystack is what that is!


csgrv wrote:….should be interesting.
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Re: Kukri Identification

Postby bmur66 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:18 am

The engraved KM led me to kukrimart.com. Maybe they made it? Also the bolster style is almost identical. At the bottom of the page there is this info that shows you can order custom markings:

Note:
•On your order, We can accept your special text, any logo or other particular images you want print on the blade of the Khukuri you purchase with additional charge however a dragon print can engrave on free of costs.

I don't know I just enjoy the internet research on things that interest me. :)

https://www.kukrimart.com/139/Mero-Pana ... viver.html
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