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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:19 pm 
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Cool ! Glad you like them.... I dont think a cobbler would be much help!

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So my main interest is with the almost black handles. Before putting oil on them, is there a way to clean them up or is that their final colour? It's hard to know and I dont want to do anything to them I can't reverse. In the photos they appear a dark brown, but in real life they appear practically dark. My lamp makes them look brown because of the warm lighting.


Yep acetone and wire wool, Then baby oil to put the look of life back into hilt! Oil the blade as well.

Timber would have been reddish brown, soak in acetone, wire wool then baby oil. You might get some more reddish tones come through...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:44 pm 
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Great stuff .couple of old beautys with the script .i love those RNA kukri all unique .

Post some picts up after you clean them please .
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:38 pm 
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Hi Michael,

Nice kukris! I cleaned mine up with acetone, (as others have already recommended) it's works very well and it's a relatively safe solvent.


Just thought I'd have a stab at translating the script on them.

The first piece says Shree tin cha ndra, then a U shape with a dot, it appears quite often though it's not a numeral or character of the alphabet. After that it says Ja and then what looks like Ga followed by the numerals 8/4. I can't find the list of battalions at the moment but Ja Ga should be easy enough to interpret when looking at a list.

Second one says Va Da 2/4 shree tin cha ndra

I'd like to see a clearer pic of the stamps on the third, starts with a 4 though :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:38 am 
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Thanks @ Spiral. Yeah, I'm very happy. I was obviously a little nervous since the stuff has been for sale for over a decade. But I was really happy with my handpicked results.

Okay great, acetone and wire wool. So the acetone won't have any negative effects on the wood? I've heard that acetone and wood are a big no-no, or will the baby oil offset that worry? And lastly, that is just normal baby oil?

Thanks @Highlander. They really are. Even my two longleaf ones vary enormously, especially with the handle size. I'll post a much nicer selection when they're all cleaned up. Will definitely be taking my time with them though!

Wow, very interesting @Paul W! Once I have them cleaned up, I'll post some really clear images of the spine scripts for you ^_^


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Hey, sorry to bump! But just this question in particular I wanted to double check before touching my Kukris:

Okay great, acetone and wire wool. So the acetone won't have any negative effects on the wood? I've heard that acetone and wood are a big no-no, or will the baby oil offset that worry? And lastly, that is just normal baby oil?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:52 pm 
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The guys all say acetone is ok .and yes baby oil its just a mineral oil
Enjoy the cleaning .i find it theraputic :roll:
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Its strips finish of timber... oil puts it back...!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:16 pm 
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Sorry for the delay! Here are some pictures for you all. You'll see I didn't go too gung-ho on them and was very gentle. I might come back to a few areas of them later on, but for the moment, I'm happy with the results. There are some clearer pictures too for all of you if you want to decipher the markings - I'd be very interested!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:19 pm 
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Some more of the longleafs


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And the last one


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:51 pm 
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2 good examples, hopefully someone will translate them for you...


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Cracking kukri .youve done a good job on them .enjoy
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Thanks guys. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I know they're not as polished and perfect as possible, but I'm actually really happy with the look of them.


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Hi Michael,

Great job on the clean up, I think you've got them just right.

The inscription that I could't read before looks like 4||91 then a 7 orientated the way we see most stamps near the bolster, meant to be read tip up rather than side on.

The other two I'm pretty sure I got right from the first pics.

In answer to your PM question, If you google devanagari numerals, or devanagari script, you can find images of script in various different forms (there are occasionally a few different ways to write the same thing). I just printed off a dozen or so examples with a wide range of script styles and then use those to try to piece together what the engraver was most likely trying to write. Some are easier to read than others. Not every engraver was fully literate and some of them, like myself, just had terrible handwriting :lol:


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