The Papu Kukri knife is a classical military Kukri from World War 1.
We at Heritage Knives worked with two original antique Papu Kukri knives, studied various other Papu style Kukri´s and over time have developed this fine and mighty Kukri, The PAPU, the Master.
The originals were carried by the Nepalese Contingent during WW1 era, while in colonial India, which included the war in Afghanistan of 1919.
A Large +15 inch blade supported by great balance, a design made for battle and a powerful knife that chops almost anything into pieces.
We test all our knives harshly to some of the highest standards in the business.
Further information on the Papu & Budhume Kukri can be found below and in menu under Kukri History / Nepalese Military 19th - 20th Century / Budhume.
Regiments of the Nepalese Army served during WW1 in colonial India and among others fought in Afghanistan, gaining praises at par with the Gurkhas of the British Indian Army.
The repro follows the original Papu Kukri measurement range while we offer it in three weight categories:
Original: 820-860 g.
Fighter: 760-800 g.
Blade: 15 Inch, Imported High Carbon Spring steel
Himalayan dark wood.
4,75 - 5 inch incl. bolster.
Etc: Stainless Steel Buttcap and Alloy metal Bolster.
Scabbard: Traditional Old Style, Authentic Black leather scabbard with metal tip (MK style) and Karda & Chakmak. Traditional black buttons on front of scabbard for waistband. Back side with traditional "khisa" pouch.
Proper historical information based on academic research is needed in the world of Kukri knives and we here present two articles from
Dr. Benjamin Judkins work titled
"Identifying and Collecting the Nepalese Military Kukri."
Dr. Judkins is a leading expert on Nepalese Military Kukri Knives and have handled hundred of them over the years, add that to his in depth knowledge of Martial Arts and being a Professor.
Left: Military Budhume: A masterpiece of craftmanship.
(The Papu Kukri belong to the Budhume style and is discussed here)
Right: Introduction: The Traditional Military Kukri & Why Only Nepalese Military Kukri?
For his full article please press HERE.
PAPU Kukri, Batch 01 Fall:
PAPU Kukri, Batch 02 Summer:
While on the Western Front, Middle East, North Africa the Nepalese hillmen of the Gurkha Rifles were fighting bravely and won their first Victoria Cross (Kulbir Thapa VC 1915 &Karan Bahadur Rana VC 1918, both 3rd GR).
During WW1 the Kukri knife of the Gurkhas became widely known and a legendary knife to the general population.Over the course of history several VC´s and other Gallantry awards have been won with a Kukri in hand.
WW1 AND WW2 KUKRI/KHUKURI KNIVES FROM HERITAGE KNIVES.
KUKRI HISTORY WITH GURKHAS AND NEPAL.
KUKRI/KHUKURI KNIFE MAKING AT HERITAGE KNIVES.