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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby cybernex » Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:24 am

Moon wrote:Can I get one on a blade that shows signs of wear...dated late 1800's? :S


Bit of metal blackener on the blade, sandpaper on the hilt & blade and a few bad hits agains a bit of 6mm steel rod and we can have it looking like it was used in the 1800's Moon :D
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby darkness2 » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:54 am

Moon wrote:

Would that be the same DF tamahagane that we're all still waiting for pics of Jono? :S



yup moon dude the very same !!!!
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Cool McSerious » Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:44 pm

I trust in BUK, that's all I can say. I mean it's not like kukri's are a rare thing that'd be hard to find antique examples of.
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Moon » Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:27 am

Cool McSerious wrote:I trust in BUK, that's all I can say. I mean it's not like kukri's are a rare thing that'd be hard to find antique examples of.

That's true but in another thread...

Cool McSerious wrote:Pics or it didn't happen! :D

...and you haven't answered my question as to where the 'date stamp' is yet.
Pics dude..."Pics or it didn't happen".
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Cool McSerious » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:03 pm

Fine, fine, fine!

But the only camera I have is on my phone so bear with me...

Some time later...

I got some pics, just about to upload them. I'm not sure what a 'date stamp' is. Unless, of course its the obvious and somewhere it should say 1892 or something. There are a couple of stamps that my camera couldn't pick up near the base of the blade. One of them is a kind of arrow, a bit like ^, but with a short horizontal line down the middle, starting from the tip. Underneath that appears to be some letters that I can't quite make out. Almost like two capital Bs slightly overlapping each other. Have to say, your cynicism has put me in a similar frame of mind and if there's some kind of indication that the knife's bogus I'll be very disappointed in BUK. Logically speaking I think it's probably fine - BUK has always been reliable, its a well made, sturdy peice of kit. Simple but attractive etc. on top of the fact Kurkri (kurkris?) are not uncommon knives. Anyway...

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Typical, imageshack has decided this is the appropriate moment to kill itself. I'll post back in a bit with the rest.
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Loz » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:41 pm

We're not some two bit ebay seller so I appreciate a bit more faith from our forumites to say the least, if you want more info on the knives, other than the 3 pages of info supplied with each knife, all you need do is ask us and we'll point you in the right direction. That would be wiser than questioning whether I've ripped you off, something I find offensive.

I'm 100% on the kukri's authenticity given that we buy from a very specialist militaria company with many, many years of trading, I've been dealing with the owner for years for my own collection of fairburn sykes and he has gotten me some incredible one offs so has mine and many others respect.
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby DarkEntity » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:16 pm

hmmm my Military Grade Kukri looks slightly different that that image of Cools.

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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Cool McSerious » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:36 pm

Mine was a one-off I believe. It's actually relatively small (see crisp-packet scale pic) which leads me to believe that it was probably used more as a tool than a weapon (as far as I know, in all my extremely limited knowledge of such knives, they varied hugely in sizes).

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PS. Hey Loz, can I get my DVD + Cane art order through soon? It's been a long old wait, which I know is down to the disgraceful circumstances our government has put us in, but I'm still an impatient bugger :D Cheers.
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Moon » Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:04 pm

Cool McSerious wrote:Mine was a one-off I believe. It's actually relatively small (see crisp-packet scale pic) which leads me to believe that it was probably used more as a tool than a weapon (as far as I know, in all my extremely limited knowledge of such knives, they varied hugely in sizes).

That's true Cool...it looks like a 'one-off' to me and it's very unusual in that it has a round hole instead of the conventional 'double notch' which I've read is symbollic as well as acting as a 'drip' which kept blood from running onto the handle,which obviously wouldn't work on yours.
There are a few versions of the meaning of the symbollic 'double notch' floating around and I'm not gonna quote them because I don't know which,or if any of them is accurate.
The thing that aroused my curiosity and not cynicism is the arrowhead stamp which apparently was only applied to the Khukri issued by the British Army and the Mk.1 model didn't go into production until circa 1903 according to...

http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=77657

Please note “Text & photos copyright, Spiral JRS Feb. 2007.”

I don't know what Loz is upset about as neither you or I have questioned his integrity or the quality of the Khukri he sells. :S
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Cool McSerious » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:48 pm

Nice article, cheers Moon.

Interesting about the arrow... Although mines slightly different to the ones pictured in that the middle vertical line is so short it doesn't descend any further than the lowest tips of the angled lines. Other than that theres just the 'B' stamp/s slightly below it.
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Postby the blade master » Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:00 pm

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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Loz » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:54 pm

What's annoyed me is the person who purchased the antique Kukri has the contact details for the company who sold us the knife and can clear up any queries immediately by telephone anytime during working hours, and yet, rather than a calling Paul and clearing it up, they would rather come on here and imply that the kukri may be bogus.

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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Cool McSerious » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:39 pm

Sorry you feel that way Loz, didn't mean for it to come accross in that manner - hence why I reiterated my trust in you. It was just Moon's cynical attitude planting a little seed of doubt in my mind, though thanks for reminding me about that number you gave me... Calling it is in my extensive to-do list.
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby Moon » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:28 pm

Cool McSerious wrote: It was just Moon's cynical attitude planting a little seed of doubt in my mind.

Unbelievable. :|

Of course...it was all down to me,I made you write it. :roll:
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Re: Military Grade Kukri

Postby kiri » Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:48 am

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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