Hello one and all I have just received a new kukri from down west. I was given the heads up on an auction sale for this kukri by one of our own here; Josh sent me a link as he is still on the look out for kukri just not buying and knew I would fancy it.
After leaving a commission bid and a nervous afternoon I found out that I had indeed won it.
Here are a few photos and first impressions straight from the box.
It is in overall good condition with a little active rust which I will sort out straight away. The blade has a very enjoyable feel and look. It has 2 fullers leading from the steel bolster to half way from drop to belly where it merges into one down to about 50mm from the tip. There are no grooves to the spine as is more normal. The fuller’s lead towards the spine to produce a pronounced T. it has a low bevel and a very keen edge, just a couple of minor nicks. The kaudi is very well cut with a Stupa centre.
The handle is wood and the fore piece is a fair size offering great grip, there is a raised band leading to the mid ring behind which is a flair section. The end of the handle has no but plate and is ridged there is a square nut like metal item on the end. (Can’t see the round tang end though)
The scabbard is in great condition with dark brown leather and a brass chape. There is a pouch on what would be the front of the scabbard. The pouch has 3 sections separated buy stitching. This looks very military in its construction. There is a raised collar round towards the mouth of the scabbard. There looks like “CLAbI” scratched into the leather.
I am not sure as to it’s age or origin but to me it shares some of the MkI’s features, Blade shape, nut and Kaudi. But it is has those fullers or fuller depending on your point of view. The scabbard is interesting too. My guess is that it has a military origin from about the first quarter of the 20th C. That’s my take on it but would very much like to hear the views of you all as I am a bit confused about it.
Many thanks in advance.
Spine @ricasso 10mm
Spine @belly 6.5mm
Edit; As I was cleaning the handle I noticed that it has a "4" stamped on it the mystery thickens.