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Current issue GS kukri. The small knives are known as chakmak.

Large single-edged Nepalese equivalent of a machete that, as well as being both a ceremonial and in-service knife, is a symbol of the Gurkha soldier and can be found on regimental accouterments and cap badges.

The kukri can be found in a wide range of styles and sizes that have been used over the centuries - the kukri even having been adapted as a bayonet (albeit short-lived) during WW2.

Contrary to popular belief, the user does not have to draw blood once the blade has been unsheathed. It's a total myth. The kukri is an everyday tool and is used for myriad tasks.

The blade makes for a formidable weapon - and one that strikes genuine fear in to the hearts of anyone who's been on the receiving end of a Gurkha kukri charge - whether it be Johnny Turk, Jerry or the Sons of Nippon.

This, however, does not stop the ally crowd obtaining kukris and attaching them to their belt kit. With the obvious exception of the Gurkhas, only Prince Harry has been able to pull this feat off of late without looking remotely ridiculous: looking nailsy as feck with a kukri attached to the rear of his CBA whilst in the 'Stan. Nice one Ginge!

Kukris make splendid gizzits, look spiffing on the mantelpiece, are great talking points and are available from the RGR's PRI Shop.

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