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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:21 pm 
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Hello Gents,

I left a small auto-bid on this kukri as I half fancied cleaning up a really rough piece, I find it therapeutic.

Anyway it also had the unusual feature of a tuft of coarse hair set into the handle.

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I've only seen this kind of thing on headhunter type weapons, anyone seen this on a kukri before? I wonder if it's original or a later modification by a confused weapons collector?

After thoroughly practicing my cleaning techniques I ended up etching it to see if there was anything interesting in the blades construction. Turns out it's a mix of metals with no decorative pattern, but i thought it was worth a look. I still need to blend in the margins of the etch as it's currently got a big diagonal line near the bolster where I was unable to fully immerse it (due to the drop being greater than the diameter of my etching cylinder).

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Anyway, it provided me with hours of fun for only a few quid.

Here's some specs:
Overall length: 45cm
Blade length: 34cm
Handle: 10.5cm (11.5cm inc. bolster)
Arc: 35.5cm
Drop: 8.7cm
Spine @ bolster: 9mm
@ belly: 7mm
@ tip: 3mm
Weight: 641g

My guess for age would be somewhere around the turn of the 20th C. leaning to late 1800's. What do you gents think?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:06 pm 
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Hi Paul i think it been a head hunting Gurkha who has scalped the enemy .and that the trophy hair in the handle . :lol:
Anyway lovely kukri .and seems old, 1900 piece.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:15 am 
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Hi Paul
Great to see you buying again. What an unusual decoration!
The handle appears to be glossy too.
Lovely shape blade. Early 20th C to my eye but my eyes are mid 20C and mainly spec savers at that :roll:

Would be interested in what others think. Might be a trophy or additional decor hard to tell. Has Spiral seen the like before?

Always great to see you posting mate.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:09 pm 
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Interesting example Paul! Ive never seen hair attached to kukri before.

Kukri were used by Gurkha types in Assam back to at least 1830s, and some were certainly captured adopted and used by hilltribes like Naga or others there. {Referenced Assam rifles regimental history as I recall.}

They are Tribes Whose dao often have hair attached...

How is the hair attached? glue or wooden peg wedge? If glue what colour is it?

Is the hair dyed? is it human or coarser? Exactly what colour or colours is it?

To much drop? Not for the ikea vase surely! :?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:49 pm 
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Nice Kukri you have there. If you look carefully, there would appear to be something living in the handle, as its tail is sticking out.......


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dodgydave wrote:
Nice Kukri you have there. If you look carefully, there would appear to be something living in the handle, as its tail is sticking out.......


s***! And I thought the local woodworm were bad!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:02 pm 
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Thanks for the comments Gents! :lol:

Captain wrote:
The handle appears to be glossy too.


The handle looks extra glossy in the pics because I'd just given it a coat of hemp oil, it is a nice smooth piece of wood though.

Spiral wrote:
How is the hair attached? glue or wooden peg wedge? If glue what colour is it?


I had to give it a scrape with a pin to be sure as it looked like a glue of some sort, but it turns out to be two slivers of wood wedged in there to secure it.

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Is the hair dyed? is it human or coarser? Exactly what colour or colours is it?


The hair does not appear to be dyed, it's a very dark brown with some hints of copper/red. It would well be human hair, but it's considerably rougher than my own! It feels finer than horsehair, but I couldn't rule that out without comparing side by side. I'll see if I can get some when I visit my folks, there are always horses in the fields behind their house and the barbed wire snags plenty of hair.

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To much drop? Not for the ikea vase surely! :?


I made the mistake of leaving my massive vase on the floor in the kitchen, I then accidentally kicked it over and it exploded into a thousand shards!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:26 pm 
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mmm even more interesting!

Pegs are often used to fix hair inserts in tribal scenarios.

Not proof of course but interesting.

Most hair used in Burma is dyed and usually its goat hair.

The vase of a thousand shards! Sounds like an ancient tale from the orient!

Spiral


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:23 pm 
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Many thanks for your comments Spiral. I got this one with the intention of cleaning it up and passing it on, but I'm starting to like it and might just hang on to it.

Spiral wrote:
Most hair used in Burma is dyed and usually its goat hair.


I'll have to get down to the City Farm and see if I can snag a sample :lol:

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The vase of a thousand shards! Sounds like an ancient tale from the orient!


It was like a bomb going off! It was one heavy vase and a slate floor is an unyeilding surface, I was finding shards behind the fridge and wedged under the kick boards for weeks! :lol:


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