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Gorkhali Army 18th Century Kukri

Gorkhali Army 18th Century Kukri

a historic kukri that unified Nepal and defeated its enemy by its sharp edge and decisive blow, and in the process forever cemented its reputation as the most feared and functional knife of the world ...

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  • Blade Length (in): 13
  • Handle Length (in): 4.5
  • Blade Steel: 5160
  • Handle Material: Rosewood
  • Sheath: Special treated buffalo leather scabbard
  • Actual Weight (gm): 575
  • Overall weight (gm): 775
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1200
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade thickness (mm): 8
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
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A classic kukri from the House of Gorkha that played a vital role in uniting Nepal and that cemented its image forever in the glorious history of Nepal. Of the many kukris used in the unification campaigns that started in 1743 by the Gorkhali Sainik (Paltan), this “Gorkhali Army 18th Century Kukri” version was widely used as a dominant weapon in/for the battles.

Nepal’s first recognized and documented army, the famous 'Gorkhali Sainik' also known as the 'GORKHAS', was initiated by the legendary King Prithivi Narayan Shah from Gorkha. The army with kukris, swords, spears, and a few pump guns in hand battled their way through countless kingdoms and eventually united all as one state in 1768, today which we know as modern 'Nepal'.

This kukri is the reproduced version of the originals issued to the king’s army exhibited in Nepal’s National Museum in Chauni, Kathmandu. It not only cleared its way for the successful unification but also advanced and resisted the “East India Company” of the British Government on all three sides of the country and also China in the North. The expansion had reached as far as Kangra in the far west close to Punjab and Sikkim in the East and some southern regions which is now called the GREATER NEPAL.


A reproduced version of the most feared and functional kukri knife of the world


The blade is 13inch long with unpolished finishing. The unpolished finishing enhances the cutting ability and durability of the blade as losing of temper is prevented by avoiding the long machinery process undertaken to polish a blade. The shape of the blade resembles the classic kukris where the blade is forged wider at the head/upper portion than the lower section. This is done for better swinging capability and to produce immense force when used.


The handle is like the original classic 'parawal kukris' where the rat-tail tang goes through the rosewood handle and remains hidden. This tang is glued to the handle with epoxy and wood dust. In the exterior part of the handle, the middle section has rings and the end of the handle is slightly bent, both done to provide extra grip.


The scabbard is made from water buffalo hide and wood. The interior has wooden pieces shaped like the blade to provide strength to the scabbard. The exterior leather has a unique pattern overlaid making the scabbard look beautiful. The top section features a frog loop for the scabbard to be carried around. 


The kukri has always been a prime and preferred weapon/tool for the army and people, be it for warfare or household purposes. Soldiers in the battle carried the kukri for both reasons, as the main weapon and as a backup weapon in their armory. Locals carried for performing their daily activities as a typical farmer/villager in the rural. It's an everyday way of life for all walks of life but more importantly it was self-identity, dignity, and honor.



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