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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:30 am 
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Hi All - I'm enjoying 2018 so far.

I picked this up the other week and it has just arrived. Would love thoughts as to age?

It would appear to have been sharpened many many times. The tip seems the right width when compared to scabbard so it was a long thin blade originally but has had the middle taken out over time. The hilt is wood but what I first thought to be a chip is a natural part of the wood. What was not clear in the original photos but is now is that the hilt decoration has some added metal studs in the wood. Not for any structural but purely decorative purposes. They look like they are gold studs that have been hammered in. It is tiny - 16 inches tip to butt of hilt.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:32 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:00 am 
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Nice one RAMBA .id go late 19th century with this one , see what the other guys think ? .unusual thin blade style scabbard looks original , .maybe made for a high caste individual .
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:26 am 
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Thanks Highlander - yes I think scabbard is original to kukri. Missing other bits. I was wondering why they would use a wooden piece for hilt with section like that at butt end.

I think blade looked something like this originally. Had a lot of sharpening over the years of use. Seems perfect for dispatching small game or birds.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:35 am 
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mmmm nice old quality village sirupate!

Gold in Nepal is high carat , normaly 22c. So given the appearance the gold studs are probably brass. But always worth showing to a jeweler!

Difficult to age, Looking at the Kaudi Id guess 20s or 30s, clearly hand forged fuller which makes its style look older but did occur in some remote areas till recently. Same with scabbard. To use such low quality piece of timber in hilt I usualy view as post ww2 and much more common today. So rather a conundrum!

If you lay the blade over the scabbard, lining it up by the spine , it will help show the original shape of blade....


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:32 pm 
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mmmm nice old quality village sirupate!

Gold in Nepal is high carat , normaly 22c. So given the appearance the gold studs are probably brass. But always worth showing to a jeweler!

Difficult to age, Looking at the Kaudi Id guess 20s or 30s, clearly hand forged fuller which makes its style look older but did occur in some remote areas till recently. Same with scabbard. To use such low quality piece of timber in hilt I usualy view as post ww2 and much more common today. So rather a conundrum!

If you lay the blade over the scabbard, lining it up by the spine , it will help show the original shape of blade....


mmmm I'm in a conundrum too.

I first thought brass but then compared it to other brass and though maybe not. Would be interesting to get it tested. I will go with early 20th Century then.


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Brass can range from nearly white to red, gold can as well, but Nepali gold is just gold sovereign colour... In Nepal 18ct. is regarded as cheap rubbish s***. Nepali gold is 22c. Eg. it mostly gold..


Its only in the west anyone would own 9ct. its only one third gold! it should be sold as silver/brass mix with a little bit of gold in..

Could you sell something as beef that was 2/3s chicken? or something as wine that was 2/3s milk?

Crazy world...


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