Original British WWII Dated MkII Pattern Kukri by Pioneer Calcutta with Hard Leather Scabbard
Original Item: One Only. The Gurkha Kukri 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: PIONEER / CALCUTTA 1943. This example has a 12 3/4 inch blade, and an overall length of 17 1/4 inches. The blade is in good condition, though it definitely did see service and has some small nicks and chips, as well as sharpening. The grip scales are in good condition, with some 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.
The hard leather scabbard is in very good condition, with the leather almost completely intact, and the brass nose cap still in place. It is marked 1944 / C (Broad Arrow) 873, and fits the kukri well. This is one of the last of these kukris that we will have to offer, and makes a great addition to any Nepalese collection.
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