Post-WW1 private purchase military kukri

I find many kukris so aesthetically satisfying – they just ‘look right’ – that I keep wanting to start these pieces by saying ‘another nice kukri’ . It’s rather like being attracted to a photo that adheres to the rule of thirds – maybe there’s a rule of thirds for cutlery?!

Today’s example is similar to the pre-WW1 military kukri I posted about here. It’s a little younger, probably just post-WW1. Again, military, with a short handle, which for me is ideal, but a shorter blade with the point of balance closer to the grip.


Unlike the older, partial tang, pre-WW1 kukri, this one has a metal butt cap held in place by the peened-over end of the full-length, rat-tail tang. The blade is gently curved and looks to pre-date the ‘dog-leg’ blade profile which increasingly appears before WW2.

The blade is clearly hand forged, with noticeable undulations along its length. Historically, there has been substantial localised corrosion, now under control, but the edge feels as though it would sharpen up nicely were I minded to do so (see update below). The fullers are not the blade’s best feature, and look as though they were allocated to the apprentice. There is no sheath or accessory blades (knife and sharpener).

It’s a very capable tool, and if I had to chose a kukri to carry whilst out in the bundu, it would be close to the top of my list: a good blade, nice balance, solid handle.

As usual, much assistance and useful information received from friendly denizens of the IKRHS forum.

Update: I decided to touch up the edge of the blade with a 400 grit diamond stone and was totally amazed at the hardness of the steel. It is by far the hardest blade of all my kukris. It also takes a beautiful edge.

Post-WW1 private purchase

Post-WW1 private purchase kukri

Post-WW1 private purchase

Very comfortable handle

Post-WW1 private purchase

Steel butt plate retained by peened-over end of a full-length tang

Post-WW1 private purchase

Nice kaudi

Above: post-WW1 private purchase Below: 1890-1915 private purchase

Above: post-WW1 private purchase kukri
Below: 1890-1915 private purchase kukri

A. 5.7cm
B. 30.2cm
C. 8.6cm
D. 40.2cm
E. 10.3cm
F. 8.5mm
G. 5.5mm

Balance: 10cm forward of bolster
Weight: 524g / 1lb 2.5oz

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About Nigel

Retired law firm project manager based in Jersey, British Channel Islands. When he isn't shooting clay pigeons, he's polishing his collection of kukris or digging his vegetable patch.
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6 Responses to Post-WW1 private purchase military kukri

  1. ian bellis says:

    I have recently acquired 2 kuks,one in scabbard like the post ww1 example same colour steel,lovely balance,in a scabbard marked ajab sing&sons shum darjeeling, the other dui chirra, very light and fast,stamped frog,would like to learn more,and can’t get a referrer to ikhrs, can you help

    • Nigel says:

      If the kukri is the one I have just found via Google, the address – as I suspected – is Ghum (sometimes spelled Ghoom), Darjeeling (I agree it looks like Shum in the photo). Ghoom was also home to K.B. Thakuri & Sons, another kukri maker in whom I have a particular interest. As suggested on the IKRHS website, drop an email to registration (at) and include the details they request. I joined without a referrer without any problem.

  2. David Wallis says:

    This Kukri was once mine, I believe. (The two marks on the lower front side of the wooden handle are quite distinctive). I found it at a Militaria fair in Kent, UK. It was in an unrestored condition and I gave it a sympathetic overhaul. The thing I noticed about it, was the light colour of the wooden handle, compared to other Kukri I had. I sold it at the same fair about 2 years later, together with, I think, 3 others, all to the same guy.

    • Nigel says:


      Thanks for the message. This kukri was bought over here in Jersey, but my supplier must get his kukris from somewhere (I just wish I knew where!). I generally don’t sharpen my kukris, but this one sharpens very well, the blade is very hard, and I have been using it this afternoon to remove side branches from a felled tree. The wood of the handle is more fibrous than usual and looks quite different. Nigel.

      • David Wallis says:

        I get to find quite a few Kukris at Militaria Fairs. Either at silly prices or ridiculously cheap! I usually post them on the IKRHS forum (dodgydave). Every so often I’ll sell one or two, as I am at the moment. I believe you have one virtually identical to one I purchased recently and put on the forum? Dave.

  3. Ian Bellis says:

    You guys seem to see a few nice kuks,I am currently looking for a nice original mk2,
    It was the first kuk that took my interest.
    Anyone got one,or know of one please get in touch.

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