With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.
Base 8.5 mm
Middle 8 mm
5 cm from tip 5.5 mm
Narrowest at base 31.5 mm
Widest at belly 55 mm
10 cm from hilt
Iron, steel, wood, leather, cotton thread
Probably late 19th century
From a European private collection
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This khukurī has a relatively fat-bellied blade, also known as budhune khukri ( बुधुने खुक्रि). The forging is utilitarian, with some cold shuts on either side, but no forging flaws appear along the edge, where it matters.
The hilt is quite well-made, with a high raised ridge and skillful floral engraving around it.
At the pommel are five notches, clearly intentionally cut. We can only speculate why: To keep score? To keep track of how many months he was away from home? We may never know.
It comers with its original leather covered scabbard. Knife and pouch are lost, but the cakmak (चक्मक्) a small fire striker and sharpening steel, remains.
Condition; See photos.
A humble, but sturdy and practical khukurī.
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Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.
The scabbard carved as to closely mimic a tooled leather scabbard.
Its scabbard with 12 pockets, with 10 of the items remaining.
With wide blade and a two-tone hilt in cattle bone and wood, capped with brass.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.