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WW1 and WW2 Khukuri - 10'' Blade - EKHGAEI16

WW1 and WW2 Khukuri - 10

Overall Length: 17 1/4'' Blade: 10 5/8''

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Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 2 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 2 1/4''
Thickness: 10.3 mm - 6.7 mm
Width: 35 mm - 57.4 mm
Grip Length: 4 1/4''
Pommel: Integrated

This replica WW1 and WW2 Khukuri has a blade crafted from 5160 high carbon steel. It has been differentially heat-tempered to optimize the blade to give it a shock-absorbing spine of softer steel and a harder edge that will stay sharper for longer. The edge has a hardness of 58-60 HRC, the body is 45-46 HRC and the spine is 22-25 HRC.

The large grip is of carved rosewood and has been riveted into the thick blade tang. It is surmounted by a bolster of steel. It has a pre-drilled hole for a lanyard.

The scabbard is of carved pinewood and crafted with the traditional Nepalese ''Laha'' tree gum glue. It is fitted with a layer of tight black leather. It has an integrated belt loop and decorative, colored leather stitching on its front. It has two internal retainers for the ''karda'' utility knife and the ''chakmak'' sharpening tool - the traditional companion survival tools of the Khukuri knife. These are likewise crafted from high carbon steel and are fitted to handles of rosewood.

In WW1 some regiments of British Gurkhas opted to make their own Kukris for the war; this beefy, no-nonsense Khukuri is what they settled on. It is heavily constructed with a thick tang, large grip and a wide blade - clearly a Khukuri like this in the hand of a Gurkha would have made for a daunting prospect for a foe in a trench raid. The design would be revived for action in WW2 where it would be used in North Africa and Burma.

Over 200,000 Gurkhas would serve the British military in WW1 and they would be fighting not only in France, but as far afield as modern day Iran. Their most notable victory was at Gallipolli, when Gurkhas would storm a heavily fortified Turkish position whilst suffering few casualties. Their successful assault would go down in the history books as the action at ‘’Gurkha Bluff’

The Gurkhas and their battalions would be decorated with about 2,000 awards for gallantry by war’s end and 20,000 would lose their lives. In the words of one who fought alongside them, the British Captain Ralph Turner, the Gurkhas were; ‘’Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you.’’

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