Brigade Of Gurkha Cap Badge Engraved Kukri - Gurkha Army Khukuri
The Brigade of Gurkhas is the collective term for units of the current British Army that are composed of Nepalese soldiers. The brigade, which is 3,640 strong, draws its heritage from Gurkha units that originally served in the British Indian Army prior to Indian independence, and prior to that of the East India Company. The brigade includes infantry, engineer, signal, logistic and training and support units. They are famous for their ever-present kukris, a distinctive heavy knife with a curved blade, and for their reputation of being fierce fighters and brave soldiers. They take their name from the hill town of Gorkha from which the Nepalese kingdom had expanded. The ranks have always been dominated by four ethnic groups: the Gurungs and Magars from central Nepal; and the Rais and Limbus from the east, who live in hill villages of hill farmers. We list here 9" blade Brigade Of Gurkha Cap Badge Engraved Kukri of Gurkhas for collectors. 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.
|Material Used||Highly Graded Carbon Steel 5160, Water Buffalo Leather for Scabbard(outside) and Water Buffalo Horn for the Handle, Pinewood for the Scabbard (inside), Brass and "Laha" ( Nepali Traditional Glue).|
|Blade Size and Type||9 inch (22.5cm) Handmade, Unpolished Blade.|
|Handle Size and Type||4.5 inch (11.255cm) Water Buffalo Horn Tail Tang Handle.|
|Hardness of steel||spine=22-25 RC, belly=45-46 RC, edge=58-60 RC.|