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British Military Kukri WW2 (MK3)

British Military Kukri WW2 (MK3)

The third in the prestigious line of military issued khukuris to the Gorkhas/Gurkhas; a tribute to the legendary war kukri for all kurki fanatics..

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  • Blade Size (in): 13
  • Handle Size (in): 4.5
  • Blade Material: 5160
  • Sheath: Water buffalo leather
  • Actual Weight (gm): 700
  • Overall weight (gm): 885
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1300
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade thickness (mm): 8
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
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USD 109.99

MK3 brief history ... 


Learning from the experiences of numerous wars and military campaigns, British Army began issuing MK3 (military kukri 3rd) to Gorkhas as early as 1915. This model was mass-produced consistently from 1915 all the way into 1944-45 (WW2). KHHI’s extensive research on Military Kukris shows that this particular model is probably the third major model of Gorkhas' service kukris since the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 (Delhi Siege). After the mutiny British realized the importance of having a neutral army (from 3rd country) like Gorkhas and were thus upgraded from native army to national force. Gorkhas were given more command, role, respect, and were better dressed and equipped. It is our belief that the official service kukri era started from here and MK3 is likely to come on 3rd down the line. 

During the war especially in WW2 British started recruiting more and more Gorkhas to accomplish their war mission, sometimes thousands at a time. The demand for Kukris also skyrocketed with many companies in India mass producing it to keep up with the army demand. Historical samples found on original MK3s show that that the Kukri was initially manufactured by many local companies and individuals in India. After the First World War and later, during WW2, well-known companies like ATD (Army Traders Dahradun), Pioneer Calcutta and others started producing kukris on a massive scale. Most of the original MK3s are stamped with the manufacturer’s name, the inspector’s name, and even the year it was manufactured and a ‘Broad arrow’ mark pointing up to symbolize official British military issue. Some even had the leather sheath stamped while few of them had the handle stamped by official mark. The marking is confusing (hard to figure it out) but definitely tells its the official piece. 

 

Why MK3?? MK3 as a knife...


MILITARY
The MK3 faced and succeeded numerous wars and campaigns for the British Army thru the hands of Gorkhas. Its decisive swing generating a lethal blow sent enemies tumble down the ground while it cemented its name and of his master forever in the glorious pages of history. MK3 proved in the hands of Gorkha as the most feared knife that changed the course of battle and hence became the world's most famous knife of the modern times.

LOCAL
While we recommend this knife as a collection or displayer piece due to its historical/military significance, we also highly suggest it as one very effective and functional knife. MK3 has all the features and qualities to be one very useful knife for any field or domestic works. Its dominant blade profile (flawless curve having deep belly and broad chest) would simply make it's way through anything with ease. The full flat tang panawal handle that is very durable (reliable) and its comfortable grip make using a satisfying experience and second to none. We know you will just LOVE IT :) 

"British Military Kukri WW2 (MK3)" kukri is a KHHI’s version of one of the variants of original MK3 (Military Kukri 3). KHHI pays its tribute and reproduces this legendary war kukri for all kurki fanatics.

ORIGIN: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal (released on 1st Jan 2009)

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