Kukri Identification

Was given this a good 10 years ago my a family member in the R.A.F who got it from a serving Gurkha and have always been curious as to what it was used for. Its not sharp and has etchings on the lower part of the blade so would suggest ceremonial but thats about all I can figure out! Any ideas?


The blades just shy of 12 inches and the handle about 4. As you can see from the photos its finished pretty nicely apart from the odd bit of rust that has gathered through the years. Just had a closer look and the tang is riveted over the pommel and the two silver bits on the handle look like pins that go all the way through, not something id expect from tourist tatt
The handle is a bit thin for a working Kukri but the scabbard isnt highly polished as a presentation one would be.

I wouldnt go as far as to call it tourist tat but Im afraid that these used to be mass produced (by hand) in their thousands with dozens of variations.
I might have just seen a cheap one, just going by it being blunt and the rust marks on it. Looks the same though.
I've got a feeling it was more like 25 years.
At first look was sure he was a figurine of some sort. Not that id call him short to his face, would have my balls cut before i could blink.

General consensus is its nothing special then? Still, if its not ceremonial, a usable weapon, or tat, why did they mass produce them?? Just a pretty looking mantelpiece jobby?
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