Just registered to see if anyone can offer advice or pointers on who to get help from.
In essence my gran passed away at the end of last year and I have been given her old Kukri which has hung up on her wall for as long as I've been alive. Little is know about it's origins as my Grandad dies of polio shortly after my mum was born. We believe he picked it up at some point during or shortly after WW2 but frankly there's nothing to back that up.
Images can (hopefully!) be found here: https://goo.gl/photos/8JHfegFX8QWF3cFN6
It'd be great if anyone can offer pointers on if this thing is a practical Kukri or just a tourist gizmo that will likely collapse on itself if ever used. I'd like to have it restored to be used as a bush-style tool so be good to try to work out if it'd be worth doing. On that point if anyone knows of anyone who could restore the blade and craft a scabbard for it that'd be great.
For what it's worth I'm based in SW London on the Surrey border so ideally somewhere local-ish but that's not a prerequisite.
Cheers in advance for any help you folks can offer