I purchased this kukri from Josh as part of a trio, The other 2 have been posted already. I was hoping to have had more info about this one but I am waiting to hear from the dealer so this is what I have so far.
The blade is a partial tang construction and is hollow forged. It has two hand cut grooves along the back edge. It is a light kukri with a rounded slender tapered spine.
It has a keen edge and a very clean kukri. The Kaudi has a drop back to it and a round peg. The bolster seems to be a bright white metal. It looks like it could be Nickel silver (there are no hallmarks) to me. There are no rub marks and the metal seems a bit soft.
The handle is a quality affair as well. It looks like horn but not like the Buffalo horn I have seen on later BSI’s or the horn on my 1920’s Officer Dia Chira. The handle is very cleanly carved with a delicate mid ring and two pairs of grooves on the fore handle. The end of the handle is flat and has no marks either.
The scabbard looks original; it is tooled leather over wood as is traditional. There are no pouches on the back they look to have been lost at some point. There would have been a strap around it too. The leather is decorated with lining around the edges; there is no chape and no sign that there was one. Unfortunately it is split down the belly.
This Kukri came from the estate of a WW1 officer it was sold to a dealer along with his medals. I contacted the dealer who sold Josh this kukri and he is looking through his ledgers to find out who owned it. I am very hopeful that he will have the name of the officer so I can do some research into his service. If the medals were sold at the same time his name will have been stamped into the edge of them and recorded as it is thought there were not just the standard WW1 trio.
Spine @ricasso 7.5mm
Spine @belly 6mm
I would like to hear the thoughts of my fellow forumites and I am looking forward to hopefully getting the name of the original owner and trying to research his history, service and learning more about the man. I will of course keep everyone up date as to my progress.