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Solved mystery items129 of 10190Silent Butler Ashtray (925 Sterling ARG Plata) Is this a service pin.
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    Posted 3 months ago

    bclosser
    (1 item)

    Large knife is approx. 12 inches long, smaller knives are approx. 3" including handle. The sheath is made of wood and covered with leather. The blade on the larger knife has India engraves on it. Lion on the handle. Would like any info about these knives.

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      It is a kukri and the two knives, the karda and chakmak, that often accompany it. These are probably tourist knives but the kukri is still a useful tool, even so. Wikipedia has an article on kukris.
    2. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      if the rust is not too deep, you may be able to remove it with Motor oil and a stainless steel scrubbing pad. Apply a generous coat of oil and gently scrub with the pad, wiping periodically and re-oiling.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 months ago
      I think you might have the real thing. If you want to keep that patina, I found that light oil on those green scouring pads work great.
    4. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Legitimate kukris are made in Nepal, not India. This is an Indian copy of a Nepalese kukri. It is not a military issue weapon or intended to be used by any military or police unit or meant to be used daily as a tool by the average Nepali, which is the origin of the kukri. That being said, Indian's are quite capable of making functional copies of kukris. The fact the "India" is engraved on the blade pretty much assures that this is a tourist kuri, but that doesn't mean it won't function like a Nepalese made kukri, providing it has been made of comparable quality steel, correctly hardened and sharpened, etc. The two small knives are junk, just two flat pieces of metal shaped like a karda and chakmak, very common on tourist kukris. I think it is worth cleaning up the main blade and taking care to do it the right way so as not to disturb the decorative engraving, if possible. If not, then do what is needed to remove the rust. It has only decorative value and value as a tool if it is properly made. If the small blades are recoverable, that would be nice.

    5. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Note that Wikipedia uses a kukri similar to this one as an example of a tourist kukri:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukri

    6. bclosser, 3 months ago
      Thank you for all the wonderful info. I was wondering how I could find out the age of this KuKri.
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Determining age would be difficult. It could be anywhere from a few years old to 40 to 60 years old. Likely, not older than that, though. Judging by the condition of the sheath, probably older rather than newer. In this case, age doesn't affect value.

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