My MKII 1919 kukhri

Jan 14, 2001
Just purchased from the UK a 1919 dated MKII kukhri, with the markings; "DHW" "II" "1919", "25" "I /|\ G"
over "3".
Hardwood, grip scales with steel rivits and steel pommel cap.
Leather covered wood scabbard, with one missing belt hook, and its got one small knife.
Yes it was on e-bay.
Can anyone tell me more about it?
Thankyou, Andy Gordon
Hi Andy,
The knife looks to be a nice post WW I piece with marks that would indicate it was made at the Dharan Harware Works. The scabbard however is a much later model that wasn't designed until the 30s.

Dayum John.

How did you ever learn so much about our favorite knife. I never cease to be amazed.

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Bill Martino:
I'll answer for John -- Dogged devotion.

Hi Bill, I suppose its very possibly WW2 used then in a 1930's scabbard and in the UK?
Perhaps North Africa, then brought back to the UK by a British soldier?
No markings to tell what Gurkha Rifle unit?
Thankyou, Andy Gordon
Thanks to the British who as we all know had holdings all over the world and were great commuters, khukuris have travelled from the subcontinent all over the world at various times past. And, a kicker is we find strange combinations like African Ivory on khukuri forged in India and Nepal -- again, no doubt thanks to the British.

Blessings from the computer shack in Reno.

Uncle Bill
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Yeah, And they (The Brits.) were fond of saying, "The Yanks are over paid, over sexed, and over here."
A very good example of the pot calling the kettle black.


Yvsa, off to take the meds.
That could be one of many logical scenarios. A WW I Gurkha veteran may have passed the knife along to a son who also loved the khukuri and put it in a newer sheath. Don't forget the WW I sheaths were quite different and with something newer he could pass muster plus carry a chakmak and a karda. Where he went from there, who knows: CBI, Italy, Africa, or just stayed in India.

To Bill's point, the ivory trade was going on long before the Brits chartered the idea for the East India Company in 1600. There are records of merchants coming from Arabia with not only African ivory, but ivory from 'sea creatures' (read walrus, narwahl, whales). Some of the pieces in my collection have been identifed as Indian elephant, African elephant and various water mammals. Now that would be an interesting trade route to trace!

Trade Routes - The veins of ancient civilization. The Kings, Warriors and Statesmen got all the ink in the pages of history, but the traders held the pulse.
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Walosi:
Trade Routes - The veins of ancient civilization. The Kings, Warriors and Statesmen got all the ink in the pages of history, but the traders held the pulse.</font>

"The traders held the pulse" , and often the church held the purse

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Johan van Zyl:
Think you might be able to post a pic, Andy?</font>

Hi Will and Johan.
Ive had Cod cheeks and tongues, matter of fact I specialized in them for years. Im a fish monger, [wholesale dealer in fresh native New England fish]
Picture of this kukhri was on e-bay, I will try to forward it to you Johan.