I bought one of these (17" blade) from a then well known Arms / Militaria dealer near Manchester (who I belive no longer exists) in about 1989.
Nice piece. It came blunt and was an absolute beeatch! to sharpen as its about 1/4" bar stock construction (I got a Gurkha friend to do it and even he said it was a beeatch! he actually had to use a rough metal file to put on an edge and then finished with a whetstone)
It served me well for many years and I cut down several trees with it!
Was a bit prone to rust being carbon steel and eventually sliced through the side of the sheath, which in all fairness was probably partly due to my poor drawing technique. Make sure you keep it oiled and when drawing keep the spine of the blade firmly pressed against the back of the sheath or it wont last long!
After we kind of gave India back
we got 3 battalions of Gurkhas (only one left now I think) who remained part of the British Army and India got 9 battalions who i believe are still part of the Indian Army. This is obviously a Indian constructed Kukri. My Gurkha friend was a bit critical about it as it was not made in Nepal and did not have the more authentic buffalo horn handle. He claimed it was not differentially (range) tempered like the better Nepalese ones. In all fairness he got it damn sharp and it didnt really blunt much for years so I was happy with it. Would make a top practical bushcraft knife (which is what I used it for)
The current UK Army issue Kukris are about 9"-11" and actually not that great quality. I was briefly based at a Gurkha base in Folkestone and my friends all bought Kukris from the Gurkha shop and like a lot of British army kit you could kind of tell the lowest bidder had got the contract. They were nothing compared to a HI Kukri or one made by a halfway decent Kami (Nepalese smith). A lot of the Gurkhas carried Kukris passed down through their families in to combat and only used the issue ones for parade use.
This one if its the same as the one I bought is a pretty good piece of kit for the price.
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