Since 1943 these Kukris have been made by one government contractor - Windlass Steelcrafts. The original, official military issue! Hand-forged from 1065 high carbon steel, each includes a regulation sheath with 2 accessory knives - the Chakmak & Karda. A must for outdoor activities that require chopping and cutting.
Used with devastating effectiveness by the famous Nepalese Gurkhas in the Siege of Delhi in 1857, in the trenches of WWI France, throughout the New Guinea jungle in WWII, and with distinction in the Falkland Islands.
The full profile tang blade is an impressive 1/4" thick with deep grooves and the traditional religious notch symbolic of the trident (3 pronged spear) of Shiva. It is differentially heat treated with an approximate Rockwell hardness of 45 at the spine and 53 at the cutting edge.
Traditional, native hardwood handle and metal butt plate. Includes leather scabbard with Chakmak & Karda, small accessory knives traditionally used with the Kukri. Genuine military issue to Gurkha Regiments in India, this is the only Kukri on the market that comes with a copy of the government contract, the ordinance drawing, and spec sheet. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts and comes factory sharp.
The accessory knives:
The chakmak & karda accessory knives are a traditional part of the kukri. The chakmak has no edge. It is a honing/sharpening tool of hardened “sharpening” steel with a wood handle. This tool is used to is to maintain the kukri edge and ensure it always has a sharp and burr-free edge. The chakmak also makes a great as a striker since the spine is flat and rigid. The karda, on the other hand, does have an edge. This little knife is great for detailed tasks such as skinning, carving, or whittling.