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Original British WWII 1943 Dated MkII Pattern Kukri by ATD in Personalized Hard Leather Scabbard

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Original Item: One Only. The Gurkha Kukri (Nepali: खुकुरी khukuri) is possibly the most recognizable and famous fighting knife ever developed. Indigenous to the mountain Kingdom of Nepal, home of the Gurkhas who were "absorbed" into the British sphere of influence with the Treaty of Seguli in 1816. These ferocious fighters were infamous for their valor and for using the kukri an amazing "Tool of Death". It is a forward leaning leaf shaped blade, which provided the user with leveraged striking power. The kukri was became an everyday tool as much as it was a deadly weapon. Introduced long before the British arrived in the early 19th century, the Kukri became standard equipment for Gurkha Regiments serving in the British Army. Ironically the earliest Kukris are the largest, which seems improbable as improvements in nutrition and health care has resulted in mankind in general being much larger today than in 1800, yet with Kukris it is the exact reverse.

This kukri originates from our 2003 purchase of the Royal Nepalese Arsenal, which was located at the palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal. The purchase included a considerable number of military issue Kukris, including a very small number of British-Issued WW2-dated MkII Pattern Kukris. These examples were produced in India and Nepal under British Contracts for the War effort, and are very hard to find on the market today.

This example is in very good condition, and is maker marked and dated on the blade: ATD 1943. This is the abbreviation for Army Traders Dehradun, a known maker of Kukris, who produced MkII kukris from 1942-1944. This example has a 13 inch blade, and an overall length of 17 1/2 inches. The blade is in good condition, though it definitely did see service and has been sharpened several times, most likely in the field. The grip scales are in good condition, with some small chips near the pommel and dents, but no major cracks. As with other MkII Kukris, this example has a full length and width blade tang, which significantly increased the durability of the kukri when compared to the small partial tang earlier versions had. It has a steel butt plate, as is correct for the MkII.

The hard leather scabbard is in very good condition, with the leather almost completely intact, and an intact brass nose cap. It is marked CO 1943 / C (Broad Arrow) 905, and fits the kukri well. There are some lovely hand embossed decorations on the marked side of the scabbard as well, mostly side profile faces.

This is one of the last of these kukris that we will have to offer, and makes a great addition to any Nepalese collection.

Blade Length: 13"
Blade Style: Forward Curved Kukri
Overall length: 17 1/2“
Scabbard Length: 15"

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