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Khaki Issue (20th Century)



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In the early and mid years of 20th century Gurkhas were also issued with this type..


PRICE   US$ 72.99
BLADE SIZE   12 inches approx.
THICKNESS   8 mm approx.
ACTUAL WEIGHT 615 grams approx. OVERALL WEIGHT 825 Grams SHIPPING WEIGHT 1175 Grams
FUNCTION   Attacking, Collection, Combat, Fighting, Gift, Military, Outdoor,Regular work
ORIGIN   KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
CATEGORY   Military_Standard-Issue_OLD
Blade Finishing   Semi-Polish




The excessive study and research by Khukuri House Handicraft Industry and the historic documentations support the fact that in the early and mid years of 20th century Gurkha Soldiers were also issued with kukris camouflaged with "khaki" (olive yellow canvas) for various operations at different places; replicated here as "Khaki Issue" by KHHI to represent it. It is believed that in 1930's the practice of covering the kukri scabbard with khaki cloth appears to stem from about this time when Gurkhas were called upon to secure the North-West frontier, an area rarely at peace. However it is also believed that it started much earlier in 1915 when Gurkhas were deployed in the Middle East during 1st world war. Similarly the practice also followed in the outbreak of 2nd world war in series of operations when Gurkhas landed in Sicily and in Italy in 1944-45. Likewise the Khaki version of the World War kukri was issued in 1945 when Gurkhas played a crucial role in containing the Japanese invasions and in regaining the lost territories in the Far East during the 2nd World War. This practice initiated when Gurkhas adopted themselves to best suit the environment, surroundings and to perfectly cope with the places to maximize their output. The total uniform/outfit was replaced by khaki in the above mentioned fronts and so was the kukri, to camouflage from the enemies' eyes.

The blade is basically the "World War" version but slightly larger (the exact size used). The scabbard is made from buffalo hide like the standard ones but wrapped by Khaki fabric from outside. A brown leather frog as depicted in the picture is for the belt to go through to hang the kukri from the waist. An extra effort to fix a leather string (loop) in the frog also comes handy to hang the kukri on wall for display. The wooden handle, as found in original ones, is slightly curved towards the end for better and more comfortable grip. Two accompanying knives are discarded to deliver the final touch of the original version issued then.

The "Khaki Issue" is the exact replica of the original version issued to the Gurkhas in the early and mid 20th century made after the intensive study by KHHI. It is truly a legendary kukri from the glorious history of the Gurkhas reproduced by KHHI for collection and at the same time a true utility knife when it comes to cutting.

Materials / Features:
Black normal leather scabbard wrapped by Khaki fabric, rosewood handle, unpolished blade, Brown leather frog with a loop string


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- KHHI Brochure [Company's profile, its websites, products and related]
- Info leaflet [Info of Gurkhas and Khukuri]
- KHHI Manual [Tips and techniques on handling, maintaining and using a Khukuri]
- Design Khukuri Pamphlet [Custom-design your own khukuri/ knife through KHHI]
- Letter from MD [An official letter addressed by the MD himself to the buyer]
- Letter of Declaration[Letter of authenticity and confidence declared by FHAN (Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal)]