The kukri is a curved Nepalese knife used as both tool and weapon. It is also a part of the regimental weaponry and heraldry of The Royal Gurkha Rifles. Many people as simply the “Gurkha Blade” or “Gurkha Knife” know it. The knife was used in Nepal for a long time. It is one of the major weapons of Nepalese soldiers. It is the national weapon of Nepal and is treasured by every citizen.
The kukri is a weapon designed for war purposes. It can be used as normal carpentry tools, but its main purpose remains for killing the opponents in war. This weapon has a very special and unusual design, which makes it very versatile. Its heavy weight and length of a dagger makes it a cross between an axe and a dagger. The weapon is heavy and curved in the middle to make it more powerful. It is designed to slash and kill the enemy in one single attack. It can slash and cut off limbs and necks in one powerful slash.
The kukri is an important part of Nepalese soldiers. The Royal Gurkha Rifles is a British Army unit that consists of mostly Nepalese soldiers. Their ever-present kukri is their mark of uniqueness and their emblem. Every one of its soldier carry his or her own kukri. The knife is very important for them, as it is their symbol. Every Gurkha regiment has their own emblem with the kukri in it. The Royal Gurkha Rifles is a regiment that was formed after the Anglo-Nepalese War, war between British Empire and Nepal, which resulted in the defeat of Nepal. The British decided to end the conflict with Treaty of Sugauli, which gave British the land in southern part of the country, and it allowed them to hire Nepalese soldiers as their own. The Gurkha soldiers then fought in every battle Britain has been since 1820s. They were in World War I, WWII, and current War in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The artifact that I am presenting is a kukri that belonged to my grandfather. My grandfather was one of the Gurkha soldiers who fought in WWII in Japan. Before he went to...