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!