Service no. 1 is the knife carried on operations by all the Gurkhas. It is issued to all British Gurkha Soldiers on enlistment and is retained throughout their army career. Crafted by hand here in Nepal, it has 10 1/2" long blade and 4.5" long Buffalo horn handle. The dulled scabbard is made of Buffalo hide. All Khukuris have two pockets on the back of the scabbard which hold a blunt steel called "chakmak" for sharpening the blade or for striking spark from flint and a little knife known as "karda" used for skinning small animals such as rabbits. The notch (kaura or kaudi) in the blade near the hilt of most khukuris serves as conduit for the blood on the blade to drip out, thus preventing it from soiling the hilt, as well as a device for catching and neutralizing and enemy blade.
The Service No. 1 Kukri is official issued to Gurkhas in UK Regiment.
Total length: 16 inch
Size of blade: 10.25 inch made of carbon steel
Handle: 5.5 inch made of buffalo horn
Two small knives (Karda and Chakmak)
Weight: 700 Grams with scabbards
Origin: Dharan, Eastern Nepal
Total shipping weight: 1.5kg (3.5 lbs)
The Kukri comes with two small knives (karda and Chakmak) and Foldable wooden Display Stand with NO additional charge.