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 Post subject: 1920's Officer Dia Chira
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:57 pm 
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I was searching back through my posts to put a link for Paul and I can't believe that I have not listed this one to date, But I can't see it. I bought this Dia Chira from Spiral a few years ago now.
This large angular rat tailed kukri is distinctive for its 2 very cleanly forged fullers mirrored with 2 hand cut grooves at the spine. The blade is marked at the Kaudi with mirror image or arrow armoury mark, this mark is found on many handmade armouries made officer kukri.
The kukri is fitted to a horn handle with a brass bolster and end cap. The handle is decorated with a carved brass band either side of the mid ring. It is also decorated with 2 circles of bone/ivory discs on each side of the handle.

Specs are;
Weight 600g
Over all 490mm
Blade 380mm
Handle 120mm
Arc 400mm
Belly 60mm
Drop 95mm
Spine @ricasso 8mm
Spine @belly 6mm


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:41 pm 
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Yes I'm sure you posted it at the time but I cant find it either...

It is top 20s forging & grinding work {in my opinion.} & superbly balanced for such a monster 15 inch blade, & with a slender enough point to easily stab as well as I recall?

One of the early Brass fitting using north Indian pieces I think.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:50 pm 
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Spiral wrote:
Yes I'm sure you posted it at the time but I cant find it either...

It is top 20s forging & grinding work {in my opinion.} & superbly balanced for such a monster 15 inch blade, & with a slender enough point to easily stab as well as I recall?

One of the early Brass fitting using north Indian pieces I think.

Spiral



It is indeed an exceedingly well poised in the hand and in the correct hands would have been formidable as both a slashing and stabbing weapon. The point is very sharp and definitely forward facing.
This one is still one of my top kukri, still much enjoyed and very much appreciated.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:17 am 
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That is a beauty Captain, 38cm blade... that's longer than my longleaf GAK and 7cm longer than my similarly styled piece. Must have been made for a pretty big man (or one that just liked to play the old Crocodile Dundee "That's not a knife..." game with everyone he met :lol: )


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:08 pm 
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Paul W wrote:
That is a beauty Captain, 38cm blade... that's longer than my longleaf GAK and 7cm longer than my similarly styled piece. Must have been made for a pretty big man (or one that just liked to play the old Crocodile Dundee "That's not a knife..." game with everyone he met :lol: )



It is a long old blade, The latest DC is just a wee bit longer.
It is a great kukri to hold and no matter how many times I hold it it always has something new to show me. I am a very lucky chap to be able to enjoy kukris such as this. (I know we all feel like this) and to think how it all started. A random Bric-a-Brac shop, a knife phobic shop keeper and this ones little bro kept in a locked drawer. Quite a long time ago and many many happy memories of deals done, friends found and kukris on the wall.

I guess he had it made to order so who knows? maybe a real tall Officer or maybe he was overcompensating for something else entirely.......... :oops:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:15 pm 
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:?: Hello Captain ,
I just came across this post with pics of your Officers 1920s Dia Chira which I think is a beautifully made piece , but I would like to know if you can give me any info regarding the style of bolster ? or origins , Indian , Nepalese ?
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Spiral wrote:

One of the early Brass fitting using, north Indian pieces I think.

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