RP Mk1 - The Great War Kukri (Batch 35 - ETS March 2024)

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RP Mk1 - The Great War Kukri (Batch 35 - ETS March 2024)

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5.0 average, based on 2 reviews


Product Information
This is the first of the Indian Army Pattern variants, the Mk1. (The Gurkha Museum in Winchester calls this kukri the 'Great War Kukri). The handle has steel fittings, and the nut in the butt is done per the original Mk1 models, in a wooden handle. The style of kukri may well have had origins from the 8th Gurkha Rifles, who screwed a nut ontop of the handle, the sunken nut was probably taken from the 1903 style bayonet. Of all the Mk issued kukri, the Mk1 best reflects a traditionally shaped every day user kukri in Nepal. Its approximate issued dates were from 1903-1917, interestingly the title 8th Gurkhas was first used in 1903 as well. This type of kukri was used in places like the North West Frontier, Tibet (Younghusband Expedition, where an 8th Gurkha sentry fought off 12 attackers killing three with his kukri), in France in and Gallipoli in WW1.

The Tora Mk1 kukri (based on the Rawalpindi Arsenal type) generally has a 35cm long blade, with a belly of 6.5cm and a rough weight guideline of 625-700g. (The main photo shows a weight of 592g, but this was exceptionally light and weight will be roughly as per our guideline). It has a stick tang wooden handle (which has a rounded butt not flared) and comes with a scabbard which is often associated with this type of kukri with military frogs. The 2023 version of this kukri has a much improved tapering to the blade.

Please note the MK1 does not come with the Chakmak & Karda utility knives.

Click here for video description, update with new tapering coming soon and here to see a customer using his RP Mk1.

Tora kukri are traditional handmade kukri, made in Nepal, and not the usual export and tourist kukri found on many other websites. Tora strives to make kukri to the traditional specifications as per the original models.

For an easy way to sharpen your kukri please watch this video.

We strongly recommend that the wooden parts on all kukri are treated with the appropriate oil and wood treatment prior to use.

Please note that because all of our kukri are hand-made, variances in size, weight, wood colour, chakmak & karda style etc may well occur. You must be 18 yrs and over to purchase any knife or sword.

Please note that the kukri are now sent directly from Nepal.

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Product CodeTBK04
ManufacturerTora Blades
Stock Level1

Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 5

Superior quality

I have been collecting knives for 40 years, during that time they have passed through my hands high quality specimens, as well as real crap. This has given me the ability to recognize well done jobs, and these knives that Tora Blade offers us are of superior quality. I waited 5 months for my kukri KTM RP Mk1 and it was worth every penny I paid and every day I waited for it. Crafts of great quality as a whole (knife and cover), fine finishes, and good heat treatment, if one considers the way the kamis work, it is enough to review the videos and one will realize that their workshops are far from the equipment that has its similes in the West. Tora Blade gives a great service, responds opportunely all the mails, gives answer to the doubts and undoubtedly sells the kukris of better quality that I have been able to find. Gastón Fuenzalida Santiago, ChileGastón Fuenzalida Carrasco (18 Nov 2018, 23:03)

Gran calidad

Colecciono cuchillos desde hace 40 años, en ese tiempo han pasado por mis manos ejemplares de gran calidad, como así también verdaderas porquerías. Esto me ha dado la capacidad de reconocer los trabajos bien hechos, y estos cuchillos que nos ofrece Tora Blade son de calidad superior. Esperé 5 meses por mi kukri KTM RP Mk1 y valió cada centavo que pagué y cada día que esperé por él. Artesanía de gran calidad en su conjunto (cuchillo y funda), finas terminaciones, y buen tratamiento térmico, si uno considera la forma en que trabajan los kamis, basta revisar los vídeos y uno se podrá dar cuanta que sus talleres están muy lejos del equipamiento que tiene sus símiles en occidente. Tora Blade da un gran servicio, responde oportunamente todos los correos, da respuesta a las dudas y sin lugar a dudas vende los kukris de mejor calidad que he podido encontrar. Gastón Fuenzalida Santiago, Chile Gastón Fuenzalida Carrasco (18 Nov 2018, 22:59)
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