M43 KUKRI WW2 Issue
Reproduced from the original.
Heritage Knives repro “M 43 Kukri WW2 Issue” is forged and made for use, it is an ideal companion for most outdoor
activity, a reliable knife with a purpose.
Depcited above, the original M43 Kukri from WW2 and
below our repro of it.
Overall: 43,5 cm (17 inches).
Blade: 33 cm (13 inches)
High Carbon Spring Steel.
Handle: (incl. bolster): 11,5 cm
(+ 4,5 inches) Rosewood.
Weight: 655 g (excl. scabbard)
Etc: Full-tang, sunken rivets, brass washer, Stainless steel and Alloy metal Bolster and butt-plate.
Sheath: Military Issue style sheath with black hand-rubbed local leather on wood, belt frog, alloy metal tip.
Handcrafted for use in Peace & War.
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.
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.
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 modern usage.
The antique M43 Kukri is a favourite for many collectors and users, its aesthetics, balance and feel are some of the reasons. At Heritage Knives we take reproduction seriously and follow the original specifications as closely as we can. Minor adjustments are carefully made at times,to make the knife more functional for the modern hand and user.
When we at Heritage Knives reproduced 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.
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.
Read more about the Merrill´s Marauders:
“The 20th Century British Military Gurkha Issue Kukri”
Further information on the M43 and MK2 style Kukri can be found in the Menu / Kukri History / The MK2 or by pressing HERE or scroll further down for PDF.
“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).