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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:10 pm 
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Looking for some info and help with an item.

It was given to me by an auntie as my uncle had recently passed away, it was along with WW2 medals and a dead mans penny.

I am very interested in WW2 related items but am uncertain of its origin or whether it's a tourist item. I believe it to be real and was told as such, any help would be gratefully be recieved.

It is a Gurkha Knife, it has a WW2 5th regiment Gurkha rifles hat badge I believe on the sheath and a lions head on the butt of the handle, the sheath is I think wood covevered with leather and has the flint pouch. The knife itself has INDIA wrote on it and a design on one side of it. I have looked into it the best I can but thought I would join and ask those with far more expertise than i.

I do have more photos and thank you in advance for any help.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:25 pm 
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Hi,

Sorry to have to tell you its a tourist or export lions head kukri, probably from 1970s or 80s.

The gurkha badge is a post ww2 style, with lions of ashoka. The badge like this were often made and affixed by manufactures to increase value.

I guess your grandfather picked it up as interesting when he came across it.

But it shouldnt be confused with his medals or service...

Spiral


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:49 am 
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Hi.
As Spiral has already pointed out. This is a tourist item.
But don't worry it's not the first time we've been asked this and I'm sure it won't be the last.
It is very common for tales to get intermingled with in a family.
There is a wealth of information here about kukris and I hope this sparks an interest in Them.
My own first experience of kukris were two of these above the bar in my local pub. How I wanted them I tried to buy them, barter and begged but no. I moved away and found a little Dia Chira in a bric a brac shop and started my journey which has seen me visit Nepal twice and find many friends along with a few Kukri. Oh and as for the two lions heads in the pub I was offered them a few years later.
Welcome to the forum and the world of kukris.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:02 pm 
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Thank you both for the replies, shame about the answer, lol.. but thankful to know the info now.

Kind regards

Ian


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