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Gurkha Service no.1 Kukri (pre 1990 Duty/Parade Knife)

Gurkha Service no.1 Kukri (pre 1990 Duty/Parade Knife)

a standard issue kukri of the British Gurkhas whose mother format is still being used/issued today even after so long time..

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  • Blade Size (in): 10.5
  • Handle Size (in): 5.5
  • Blade Material: 5160
  • Sheath: Black Leather
  • Actual Weight (gm): 550
  • Overall weight (gm): 750
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1050
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade thickness (mm): 9
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
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USD 59.99

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"Gurkha Service No1" is the better version of “MK5 (military kukri 5th)” that came into production as a standard issue during late 1980’s. Due to its better finishing, features and raw materials over his predecessor it has very close tie with the Gurkhas. All the current BSI models (British Standard Issue) are based on "Gurkha Service no.1". It is the most common kukri in the local Nepali Kukri market and obviously the most sought after kukri amongst Nepalese. Its also called the "Sarkhari (means government) Khukuri" due to its close association with the British government.

From the formation of 1st Gurkha unit back in 1814 until now Gurkhas have been issued with a number different kukris with notable modification according to the time, condition and requirement. Amongst which "Gurkha Service No.1" is probably the most famous of all due of its handy size, easy carriage and better finishing. It is both a Duty and Parade (Dress) knife for the soldiers. 

History ...
It was during 1980’s the production of Service No.1 khukuri started and soon massive production for military had begun. Mr Til Bahadur Biswakarma (TB BK) who was a Gurkha himself belonging to the 10th PMOGR's armor division actually created this better version after his retirement. Being a Gurkha and a "Bishwakarma (born kukri maker)" himself he corrected the shape and size and more importantly improved the overall quality and finishing of the current issue in his home town in Dharan (East Nepal). He then came to Kathmandu in 1988-89 with the new version and presented in front of the selectors who were working on the annual khukuri contract for that year. This complete new makeover of the kukri instantly pleased the military officers and was selected as the new BSI for the new recruits. Mr BK went back to Dharan for the production and set up the first organized kukri factory in Nepal. He also teamed up with Mr. Lalit Kumar Lama (Tamang), also an ex Gurkha from the same unit, to look after sales, supply and support to the army. The army asked all batch to be engraved by NEPAL (origin of the country) and DATE (year of the contract/enlistment) in one side of the blade. Mr Lama later opened "Khukuri House (KH)" in Ekantakuna, Kathamandu in 24th Feb 1991 to commence business in a organized way. And thus the legend was born, a master's creation from the master, whose mother format is still being used/issued today even after so long time. 

Blade: The blade of Service no.1 Kukri is well polished. The size and style is slightly modified than that of MK5. Its perfect size and range, well balanced weight, smart finishing and effective feature make it an ideal military knife + a utilty knife. It can be used for just about anything that involves cutting.

Handle: The handle is typical and like its counterparts made from Buffalo Horn to match with the dress specially the boot and belt. A rat tail tang goes through the handle (hidden) which is peened over at the brass pommel.

Sheath: It has traditional leather sheath with two small knives at the back (Karda; small knife and Chakmak; sharpener). A leather frog (farus) from thick leather is also fitted to carry the knife. 

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| 10th May, 2019 | Jeremy Chadwick

My khukri is a beautiful thing - the fit and finish is excellent and you would not believe that the blade has been made with basic tools.


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