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Hello,

Is kukri the correct spelling?

I’ve wanted to buy a kukri for a while and just have done but needless to say, I know nothing about them.

Is anyone able to tell roughly when this one was made?

Should there be markings on the blade?

Would it have belonged to a soldier or could it have been someone’s kitchen knife?

Are they made to a certain length?

The frog looks very modern to me, any comments on that?

And finally should I clean the horn handles or are they best left alone?

It’s very sharp by the way.

Tony

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Hi Tony,

I think you have a nice example though I'm not sure that it is of great age. It looks nicer than the more modern blades however I do agree that the scabbard is more modern, perhaps a replacement. These were carried by more than just the military and many, even the military ones, lack markings. I would not clean the horn handle but, as always, this is a matter of collector's choice.

Personally I like this one, nice addition to your collection, thanks for sharing it with us.

Regards

Brian

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Thanks for the comment Brian.

I like it too and was told by the person I bought it from that he thought it may be from the 1960s. He had much older ones but I went for my example as I'm likely to use it in the garden too or possibly even take it on a trip to the Somme or Verdun if I ever get the chance again.

Tony

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Basically because I have had many, exactly the same these, through through my hands in my earlier years as an antique dealer's dogsbody. I started at the age of 11 in 1958 and they were quite common for many years. Of course I can't say for sure that they were not identical to ones made for use by the natives themselves. It was the same for assegais & zulu style shields.

Regards,

Pete

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