Mr. Ron Flook´s book British and Commonwealth Military Knives (1999) is considered a classic, must read, book on military knives. It was published in 1999 which was before the Kukri/Khukuri research community had been able to “classify” or “name” the various Issue Kukri styles correctly. Therefore British and Commonwealth Military Knives does not mention MK1 and MK2 for example but that the Kukri is from WW1 or WW2.
Mr. Jonathan Sedwell´s article from 2006 (updated 2015) titled The 20th Century British Military Gurkha Issue Kukri. Including Official Pattern approved, unit & unknown issue types, made it very clear which Issue Kukri types was used in the British Army, including the colonial era Indian Army. Dr. Jundkins work remains a source of information for classification of the Nepalese Military Style Khukuri knives.
Over the years since I first started to collect and research, I´ve often fallen back on Mr. Flook´s work and found it suitable to share here. Mr. Flook´s work, classified, described and clearly listed each Official Issue Kukri of the 20th century as used in the British Army (and pre 1947 Indian Army). Mr. Flook`s work has very fine examples of fighting Kukris as used in the 20th century. His book(s) has contributed to maintaining a role for the Kukri in the collecting world and has been a reference point for collectors and researchers to come back to over the past 20 years.
Im much indebted to Mr. Ron Flook for permission to use these pages.
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World War 1, MK 2: Plate 458.
World War 1, MK 2 Kukri: Plate 459, 460, 461.
World War 1, Jodhpur Kukri: Plate 462, 463 (next page)
Inter War era, Chin Kukri: Plate 466, 467.
World War 2, MK 2 Kukri incl. M 43: 468, 469.
World War 2, Para/Special Forces Kukri: Plate 473.
World War 2, Survival Kukri : Plate 474, 475.
World War 1, Ang Khola Kukri: Plate 476.
Post World War 2, MK 5 (BSI): Plate: 477.
Heritage Knives have used Mr. Sedwell´s Kukri classification system for the Mark (MK) range, which is widely accepted, to the scanned pages of Mr. Flook´s book in which the image (plate) number is given.
World War 1:
MK 1: 464.
MK 2: 458,459,460,461.
WW1 Ang khola: 476.
Jodhpur Kukri: 462, 463.
Late WW1 and Interwar years:
Chin Kukri: 465, 466, 467.
World War 2:
MK 2: 468,(M43:) 469,470.
MK 3: 471.
WW2 Survival: 475, 474.
Para/Special Forces: 472, 473.
Post World War 2:
MK 4: 282, 283.
MK 5 (BSI): 477.
World War 1, MK 1 Kukri: Plate 464.
Inter War era, Chin Kukri: Plate 465.
World War 2, MK 2 Kukri: Plate 470.
World War 2, MK 3 Kukri: Plate 471.
World War 2, Para/Special Forces Kukri: Plate 472.
Post World War 2: MK 4 Kukri (Wilkinson), Plate 282, 283.
”Probably the knife most associated with the Indian sub-continent is the famed and feared kukri. Found in several design variations, the kukri was not only used by the Gurkhas but also found widespread use among other Indian and Allied troops. Besides the kukri, many other military knives were made in India, particularly during the World War Two period when a wide variety of combat knives and machete were made for the war against the Japanese (p. 194).”
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