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Kukri, 1750 (c)-1814

The curved fighting knife, or kukri, is the Gurkha's trademark, and these distinctive weapons of unknown origin have been used for both peaceful and warlike purposes since at least the thirteenth century. This example dates from the earliest period of contact between the British and Gurkhas. Its slim blade and grips made from walnut are much more delicate than the later and better known nineteenth and twentieth century 'bazaar' and military weapons. This example was possibly captured during the Gurkha (Nepal) War (1814-1816), but may date from the eighteenth century.

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NAM. 1980-07-58-1


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National Army Museum, Formation gallery

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