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Old 10th September 2015, 03:19 AM   #1
Montino Bourbon
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Default Mystery Kukri

I found this at a swap meet here. No scabbard. There are letters and numbers on the blade, but very faint and hard to see; what looks like 'LI' followed by a possible '88' and an upside-down 'T' followed by a 'broad arrow' and a possible 'B' or 'D'. I may be reading these inscriptions upside down. As you can see, the tang is full width to an integral butt cap. Any info appreciated.
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Old 10th September 2015, 10:11 AM   #2
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Hello Montino Bourbon,

Thanks for sharing your new find with us!

It is modelled on the British Indian Army MK III kukri, which was produced from 1944 onwards.

After the partition of India in 1947 India kept producing MK III kukri, and some are still carried by various military and para military forces to the present day.

I would suggest that your kukri is made in India, either for the military, or for private sale/export.

The markings are quite hard to read, but it is entirely possible the the "88" could relate to 1988. The build quality would indicate this piece is later rather than earlier.

The broad arrow, whilst a traditional British marking, was retained and used by India after 1947. Whilst this could indicate it was issued, they are also found on the private purchase examples.

Confused? There are no clear answers I'm afraid, just educated guesses.

I have attached an image of a wartime MK III for comparison.

They are good usable kukris, and should take and hold an edge well, if desired.

Kind regards,

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