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 Post subject: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:28 pm 
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Morning Gents,

A friend wishes me to re-haft an Afghan arsenal marked kukri for him, that he picked up when stationed at Spin Boldak or however you spell it!
The present handle is merely a new-ish turned thing, very like a handle from a scythe!
My Question;

Do these early hilts have a pommel cap? The blade is about 15" If I remember right, and I Think these had a square nut attaching blade to handle. (Threaded rat-tail tang)

Any help most appreciated!!
Richard.


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:18 pm 
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Good Project! I think Chris has a few examples he could probably share with you.

Heres a current auction sale for a one, which I notice is using some of my my old photos on red background.

spiral

http://www.marktplaats.nl/a/verzamelen/militaria-algemeen/m1084449835-kukri-1895.html


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:48 pm 
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Good morning Spiral,

Thanks for your reply.
Long time no talk!
The Kuk is actually the one owned by Douglas, and there is a no-pic thread about it here somewhere.

Couple of questions if I may;
What type of wood?
The ones I have seen appear lighter in colour, not like the Indian/Nepalese rosewood looking hilts.
I was going to use birch as it with stain could turn out medium brown and it pretty sound and split resistant.
Just yesterday I found the old thread about Douglas' kukri, and it appears they are rather scarce and do not want to just put a handle on of any old thing.
What wood would you suggest??
And;
Douglas sent me a bolster, but it is not as deep as the blade is, so the heel of the blade would require rounding and I do not think this is right.
I Have seen kukris rounded like this behind the chowk though.
Are we on the same page thinking I should just make a deeper bolster?? (PITA but I think it should be right!)

Thank you for your time mate, and all the best,

Richard.


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:38 am 
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Hi Richard!

Ahh that's the old boster I let Douglass have as a good cause....

The relic it came from had a wider blade & the rounded bottom corner, In photos Ive seen other some Afghans like that as well.

I agree it would be wrong with an Indian or Nepali Kukri but perhaps not an Afghan as some were made like that?

Either way I think Idealy the bolster should be cast.

I'm not sure of the timber. It may have been sisso Rosewood just a a lighter variant or using the sapwood. {not good really.}

The main native timbers of Afghanistan other than Sisso {& all the pines,firs , ceders etc.} Are Walnut, Planus Oriental, Mulberry, Cheery ,Plum, Apricot, Almond Peach etc. ,

Of those choice mulberry seems the best , then maybe the other fruitwoods or walnut. {The lighter colour so called European walnut not American black walnut.} {Some mk.1 kukri appear to have walnut hilts.}

But given all that, its you re,handling the piece, not me!

Lets us know how it goes!

Spiral


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:48 pm 
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Thanks for taking the time to reply, Spiral, and thanks for the information!!
I will use your old bolster, and just re-shape the blade slightly.
I do have some fruitwood and it is as hard as hades. Will use that.
Will keep you posted, but harvest and haytime have all run into one, and no time to spit at present!

Ta muchly again,....

Richard.


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:26 pm 
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Well Gentlemen, I finally got Douglas' kukri re-hilted.

Used some Very old, Very Hard, Very Dense fruitwood. I think you could make kukri blades out of it! LOL!

Scrounged around in my tins in the workshop and found a very old square-headed nut for the pommel.


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:31 pm 
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Pardon the double post, but a few more photos;
I see they came up in reverse order so will endevour to rectify that in this post!


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:37 pm 
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Pictures still outsmarting me.....

Bit of leather dye and linseed on the finish'd hilt. last photos;

Does it look about right for an Afghan?

Richard.


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
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Very good, damn near perfect in fact...... Skilled craftsmanship with an eye for detail. You have honoured that blade.

You will probably pick up a few job offers from that! So Ill ask What would your fee be? { Personally Ive only got a few kuks ,but they don't require re hiliting. but To put it into perspective for those with broken hilts harbouring lustful thoughts, lol }

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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:00 pm 
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Amazing work!


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:17 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:42 pm 
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That is superb work, Congratulations!

I could certainly throw a few "projects" your way!


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:34 am 
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Pleased you think it's OK Gents.

What reminded me to post the pictures, was that I found Douglas' scabbard when I was looking for something else in the workshop! Gave it to him sans scabbard.
Well He didn't remember either!

Few jobs? I suppose I could but am about swamped at the moment. Just got a bunch of antique crippled guns in from England that need to be fixed, and some moved on. Then there's a million other projects.....
I Do like mending things though, Very satisfying!
Trouble is, these sort of jobs take time. A case of removing all the wood that doesn't look like a Kukri handle.
I know that sounds simple, but it's a case of working on it and looking at it. Can't go by measurements, just what Looks Right.
Seems there's only one right, and a lot of wrongs so it's a painstaking job. A worrying job even.
Can't charge someone for sitting looking critically at a half finished handle!

Best bet is PM me if you have something you would like to see fixed, then you can email pictures to me.
If I can, I'll work it in. Takes time . One set of hands and all that.


Now to let Douglas now where his scabbard is!


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:44 pm 
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Link to Douglas' original thread;

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and old handle...


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 Post subject: Re: Q. Re. Afghan kuris.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:49 pm 
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An exceptional restoration. You have taken that fab kukri and returned it to how it would have been.
That would looks great, lovely grain and should last a lifetime or two. Thanks for sharing.

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