Heritage Knives reproduction of the WW2 issue M 43 Kukri is hand-forged and made for use, it is an ideal companion for most outdoor activity, a reliable knife with a purpose. A sturdy 13 inch long blade with a 5 inch handle in fulltang, as used by allied and commonwealth soldiers in the Far East during World War 2.
Our "Military M43" is the closest reproduction of the M43 available on the market. It is forged with the original along side to be as close to the original as possible.
A true workhorse based in history by the time we are done forging it for you.
Overall: 43,5 cm (17 inches).
Blade: 33 cm (13 inches)
5160 High Carbon Steel.
Handle (top of bolster to start of butt-plate): 12,5 cm /5 inches, Rosewood.
Weight: Approx. 650 g (excl. scabbard).
Details: Full-tang, sunken rivets, brass washer, alloy metal bolster and stainless steel butt-plate.
Sheath: Military Issue style sheath with black leather on wood, belt frog, alloy metal tip. Brown leather optional (+15 usd).
Original antique pattern -
The original M43 Kukri from WW2 is in hand and used as a reference for our reproduction M43 Kukri. It is with our blacksmiths and staff to learn and study from so that the reproduction is as close as possible to the original. At Heritage Knives we take reproduction seriously and follow the original specifications as closely as we can. When we reproduce the antique M43 from World War II we did so with upmost care and consideration to match the original design and purpose. It is not a replica but a reproduction.
As used in World War 2 -
The M43 Kukri was made during WW2 and made for use in War, thus today when we reproduce it, we ensure a quality and functionality to match the original as far as possible.
The “M43” Kukri is within the Mark 2 (MK2) group of Issue Kukri knives and was used in the Far East and may have been used even further away. It is known that American troops used it in Burma and on the C.B.I. theatre, some including the Merrill´s Marauders carried the M43 Kukri against Imperial Japanese troops.
Making of the M43 -
At Heritage Knives we focus on making the most functional blades in the Himalayas. We use high quality raw materials, skillfully forge our blades by blending the best blacksmithing traditions of the east and the west.
Examine and test our Knives in a variety of ways as taught throughout history and usage.
Collectors status -
The antique M43 Kukri is a favourite for many collectors and users, its aesthetics, balance and feel are some of the reasons. . Minor adjustments are carefully made at times,to make the knife more functional for the modern hand and user.
“Many of us soon realized that the Gurkha knife had advantages over the machetes that had been supplied. Through his magical methods, Major Hancock was able to obtain a plentiful supply (p. 61).”
“The Gurkha knife was a much-sought item. The handle was made of wood and fit the hand in a very comfortable fashion. The blade was foot long, curved, and heavy. The knife came with a leather sheath, which allowed it to be carried in a comfortable fashion when slipped beneath the rifle belt. The men would soon find it much better than the standard-issue machete. We had learned of this knife from the few Gurkha soldiers who had visited our unit when it was under General Wingate’s control. They hesitated to draw their knife from its sheath unless they were ready to draw blood (p. 99).”
"Spearhead: A Complete history of Merrill’s Marauder Rangers" by Hopkins & Jones (1999).
by J.Sedwell/Spiral´s longer article on the 20th Century Issue Kukri.
Read more about the Merrill´s Marauders:
“The 20th Century British Military Gurkha Issue Kukri”