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6 March 2011

A junk shop find

Unfortunately for me, my daughter and her boyfriend found it :-(  But never mind, I get to play with it a bit...I found the handle as it is, is not confortable for me. The ridge in the middle of the handle is rubbing on the middle of my finger. The handle is a bit too small for my hand.

It's a very nice, old Kukhri, 17 1/2" long  (445mm)!  Despite this is really is quite light, just 450g. The blade is hollow ground, the spine is 5/16" (8mm) thick, and the whole knife is in very good condition, apart from a crack in the handle and a bit missing at the pommel. The blade also has a bit of a twist to it. I am not sure if this is deliberate or not.

I'll now let the pictures do the talking.

It came with it's scabbard and a Chakmak. The sheath is falling apart, but it's very interesting to find out how it was made. I am going to make a new sheath, copying the old one as closely as I can. The Chakmak is a blunt knife used to sharpen the Kukhri with, or to light fire with a piece of flint, that can be kept in the separate tinder pouch. We really are not inventing anything new!
Even has it's separate tinder pouch!

According to members on British Blades, it's probably between 60 and a 100 years old.

I have found out a bit more .  It is a  Longleaf Kukhri, military issue, late Victorian era, probably around 1900. This style of choil (the notch)  is known as a Chorten style, named after the silhouette of the budhist shrines found in parts of Nepal.

Not bad for £33.00!


  1. Whahey!Great knife. I love Khukuris quite a lot. The handle ridged I rounded a bit and it gets the job done very nicely, doubling as chopper, camp knife, axe replacement and draw knife. They chop like mad, in some cases even better than a comparable hatchet!