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Ghurka Kukri info...

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by SwissArmyDad, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. SwissArmyDad

    SwissArmyDad Well-Known Member

    So I've had a Kukri for a long time. I remember getting it in jr. high or so. So, about 20 years ago.

    I'll describe, and then post some pics when I can. I'm pretty sure it's an East indian Kukri, but I don't know much else.

    It has a black handle with two gold bands near the middle
    It has a lion pommel
    it has a floral design near the beginning of the handle/end of the blade (hilt?)
    It has the word "India" stippled on the blade. (the floral design is also stippled)

    The blade itself is rather thick at the un-sharpened edge (spine?), and the sides of the blade have two or three very smooth, shallow ridges running the length of the blade

    It has a leather scabbard with pressed designs in the leather.

    The blade itself has a very rough sharpened edge on it, and quite a bit of surface rust, because, tell you what, I've used the crap out of it for the last 20 years clearing brush, chopping small tree limbs, clearing saplings, etc. The blade itself actually has a pretty good fore to aft twist to it now.

    I know "tourist" models exist, but I also know that some of them were of fairly high quality.

    I'd appreciate any info y'all could give me on it.
  2. SwissArmyDad

    SwissArmyDad Well-Known Member

    Reason I'm asking, is that I really like having a sizable, useful and quite formidable fighting knife around. This one instills quite a bit of confidence, due to the fact that I'm very comfortable with how it handles.

    It's in need of a re-finish on the blade metal and cutting edge, though, so before I did that I kind of wanted to see if I should keep it, restore it, or if I should retire it and pay $100.00 or so for a good quality Nepalese replacement.
  3. SwissArmyDad

    SwissArmyDad Well-Known Member

    Handle with pommel detail

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  4. SwissArmyDad

    SwissArmyDad Well-Known Member

    Overall shot

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  5. SwissArmyDad

    SwissArmyDad Well-Known Member

    Blade detail.

    Hopefully you can see the stippling, and the "ridges" on the blade

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  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Take a look through these and see which comes closest to yours.http://himalayan-imports.com/

    It has given good service so you could clean the rust off and wax it to keep it free of the "red death" to pass on to the next generation.
  7. SwissArmyDad

    SwissArmyDad Well-Known Member

    10-4, thanks!
  8. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member

    i must say,

    it does look like one of those tourist items ....

    Handle looks exactly like the ones i see on fleamarkets regularly.
  9. SwissArmyDad

    SwissArmyDad Well-Known Member

    That's my thinking as well, having purchased it 20 years ago in, 1994 or so, I remember being told or understanding that it was already quite old when I bought it, but other than that, I'm not positive of it's origin or age. I didn't pay very much for it. Maybe $20-30.00?

    Could very well be a Indian tourist item from the 1950's-1970's, but then again, it could be fairly old, too? Love to get some more accurate info.

  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I'm going with souvenir item too.

    A real one would not have 'India' and the 'decorations stamped in the blade with a center punch!

    Last edited: Apr 7, 2014
  11. DIY_guy

    DIY_guy Well-Known Member

    Hit it with naval jelly, 400 and 600 grit sandpaper and then cold blue it. Then sharpen the blade exposing the shiny silver edge through the bluing. It will look quite nice. Then wipe it down with strike force, G96, Eezox or some other water displacing rust inhibitor. Then display that sucker or fight with it (whichever you think is more likely)
  12. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member

    My best guess is between ยด70 and 90`s.

    And even 20$ is too much.

    Better than a stick sure.
    But usually the balance is not comparable
    to real Kukris. Neither is the "steel".
  13. SwissArmyDad

    SwissArmyDad Well-Known Member

    I think I might just do this. I'll post up "after" pics if I do. :)
  14. gyvel

    gyvel Well-Known Member

    Don't cold blue it. Cold blue never comes out evenly and you will end up with something that looks like crap. Cold blue ends up being a very unattractive gray mottled finish, especially if you apply oil to it. Cold blue is just a stain, and has no durability.

    Tourist kukris are generally sold with polished blades, so, if you want to "restore" it, just repolish the blade.

    I bought one almost identical to yours when I was stationed in Thailand in 1969. I paid 30 baht for it. (Roughly $1.50.)
  15. DIY_guy

    DIY_guy Well-Known Member

    That is all a very untrue and incorrect statement. As a custom knife maker myself and one who does a lot of cold bluing of knife blades and firearms I cant stress enough how incorrect your statement is. I must ask how many knife blades you have cold blued to arrive at this opinion??
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2014
  16. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

  17. kieranklein

    kieranklein Well-Known Member

    Hand forged at $40? Dang they got some fast people or slave labor. I would like to know what their "high carbon" steel is. It didnt say or I missed it.
  18. Ron James

    Ron James Well-Known Member

    No, no slave labor, just 50 cents an hour for 12 hours a day , six days a week. PS: no medical benefits or retirement program.
  19. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Well-Known Member

    That picture that you linked to is exactly like the one I have. Mine has India stamped on one side of the blade and a symbol that looks kind of like a leaf or a turkey foot. Got it 15 or more years ago from a guy.
  20. DIY_guy

    DIY_guy Well-Known Member

    Please do post up the before and after pics of the bluing job.

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