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British Gurkha Service no.1 Kukri (2009, Ceremonial)

British Gurkha Service no.1 Kukri (2009, Ceremonial)

The 2009 service khukuri issued to British Gurkhas as their dressed/ceremonial knife..

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  • Blade Size (in): 10.5
  • Handle Size (in): 5
  • Blade Material: 5160
  • Sheath: Black Leather
  • Actual Weight (gm): 575
  • Overall weight (gm): 775
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1125
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade thickness (mm): 9.5
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
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USD 64.99

This Kukri is the exact model selected by the officials of BGN (British Gurkhas Nepal) for the annual khukuri tender for 2009 for the new recruits intake. It is stamped with "NEPAL" on one side and "2009" on the opposite. 


Besides being known for their bravery and ferocity in battle, the Gurkhas are equally well known for their loyalty and discipline. Part of military discipline involves the care and deportment of the soldier’s uniform and personal effects. Being an integral part of the Gurkha’s identity, the Kukri, like the famous Gurkha hat, is an iconic part of the soldier’s uniform. In addition to having a well pressed uniform and mirror-polished boots, a Gurkha is expected to maintain that high military standard with their Kukri. That is why, since the 1990s, the Gurkha recruits have been issued with their working Kukri (Service No.2) as well as their formal parade Kukri (Service No.1) .

The "Service No.1 Ceremonial" has a patent leather sheath, which shines like a mirror on the parade square, as well as an equally brilliant polished handle with gleaming brass fixtures like the chape in sheath and the pommel in handle. The blade is also mirror polished, and is expected to remain so, in case it is inspected by an officer. The patent leather frog is another part of the kukri that has been changed for 2009 issue. The adjustable Brass Bottom at the back of the frog is removed and replaced by 7 black rivets; 3 pairs and 1 single.  The 10.5 inch blade is slightly broader than previous versions with a steep peak. The blade is also wider and heavier when compared to the earlier versions The accompanying knives; "Karda", small Knife and "Chakmak" sharpener are also well polished. 

A Gurkha keeps his Service kukri throughout his career and is a prized possession, and a constant reminder of his loyal service even after retirement. Service No.1 is a collectible item and an iconic souvenir with historic significance that shows great respect and admiration to the Gurkhas. The value and pride of the kukri is immense to those who know this amazing knife.


Size of blade: 10.5 inch approx.
Materials: Patent leather scabbard, water buffalo horn handle, 2 x small knives

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