This is an excellent World War II period, Nepalese made private purchase Gurkha fighting kukri as carried by the Nepalese Army and Gurkhas within the British Army, many of whom brought their prized kukri with them when entering British military service.
The 266mm blade has a thick, ridged spine narrowing gradually to the point and is approximately 53mm wide at the belly. A short, narrow fuller runs below the spine. The blade is in excellent condition and sharp.
The Cho at the base of the blade serves to stop blood, sap or other fluids from running onto the handle, making it slippery. The Cho is also believed to be a symbolic representation of a cows’ foot, a sacred animal to all Hindus.
The buffalo horn hilt meets a steel bolster that is forged as one piece with the blade. The tang is peened through an oval brass butt plate. The grip flares to a broad oval at the base allowing the user a very good grip. The horn grip has carved ridges and is in overall excellent condition. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The wooden, leather covered scabbard incorporates a military style frog and belt loop and is in excellent condition. These kukri were solely intended as a fighting knife and as such there is no facility to hold a Karda and Chakmak.
This is a very nice and good quality Nepalese private purchase fighting Kukri dating to the 1940’s.