Antique fair purchase, questions

Discussion in 'H.I. Cantina' started by pmel018, May 10, 2012.

  1. pmel018


    May 12, 2004
    Hi Guys
    picked up a kukri and presentation stand at a local fair. Can anyone tell me anything about the animal modeled in the grip or anything else about the kukri in general.

  2. MacHete

    MacHete Hair Cropper & Chipmunk Wrangler

    Apr 7, 2000
    I'm sure others with more knowledge will be along shortly, but in the meantime:

    I'm guessing the "QG" is for "Queen's Gurkha" and here is a link to the Royal Signals Association Homepage:

    It would appear to be an award or presentation piece commissioned by an RSA group for a member. Dharan is a city in Nepal, so the likelihood of it being a Khukuri of some quality is enhanced.
    Thanks for sharing!
  3. davidf99

    davidf99 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    HI has sold several khukuris by Lokendra kami that have a blade with the same two fullers and a similar pattern engraved on the blade. Lokendra has done these knives with carved handles ending with an elephant head, a tiger head and his Gorkha Hat Knife.

    Can you post a closeup of both sides of the blade? Sometimes there are markings on the blade near the handle that can help to identify the kami who made the knife. I wouldn't be surprised if it was Lokendra, or perhaps someone who had the same teacher as Lokendra.

    This is the most elaborate and beautifully done handle carving that I've seen on this style of khukuri. The wood might be satisal, but it looks like it might be a kind of ebony. Someone very talented did this knife and put some real time into it.

    -- Dave
  4. jdk1

    jdk1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    It's very nicely done. I agree that it wouldn't be a surprise if it was an HI kami. I saw snow leopard mentioned elsewhere and it makes sense to me. Either way it's a really nice piece IMHO. Thanks for sharing it with us.
  5. pmel018


    May 12, 2004
    Hi Guys
    thanks for the comments.davidf99 the blade is identical on both sides so nothing extra to be gained there. The handle doesn't feel heavy or dense enough to be Ebony. If it wasn't for the ears on the handle it would be a nice light, quick kukri, but the handle design makes it difficult to hold properly.
    It may remain an enigma, nevertheless I am more than happy with the purchase.
  6. bric


    Jun 10, 2011
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  7. Karda

    Karda Banned BANNED

    Jun 1, 2007
    As Mac stated, It is likely a presentation piece given by the association to an individual for their service or patronage. whomever it was must've been well liked, most presentation khukuri are not this finely crafted.
    It is a very well crafted Snow Leopard Dui Chirra Sirupate. Rosewood Handle. Teakwood stand. Made by the Dharan Kami's whom are well noted for being able to produce fine khukuri.
    As many oldtimers here will remember, a piece or two from the Dharan kami has come thru here every once in a blue moon. You have a heirloom piece there. Every bit as well built as it looks.
  8. pmel018


    May 12, 2004
    Thanks for that guys, I think we have derived about as much as can be had from this kukri. The blade is very well forged, ground and polished, can't speak to the heat treatment(very, very sharp though). I am very pleased to have rescued this from a pile of lionhead and other tourist rubbish, it will be given a good home here. All in all it cost £20, thats about 33USD.

    Thanks again
  9. bargs


    Jun 26, 2010
    heck of a deal,nice.
  10. leebrewer


    Apr 21, 2008
    Very nice

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