2nd/6th Gurkha Rifles Presentation Kukris and Afghan Tribal Knives

2nd/6th Gurkha Rifles Presentation Kukris and Afghan Tribal Knives


Gurkha soldiers within the Indian army had been fighting in and around Afghanistan since the early 19th century. The tribes along the North-West Frontier had called the area home for centuries, and were often deeply resentful of outside interference. Both groups had long and proud traditions of martial skill and bravery in warfare. These traits would lead the two sides to clash again and again.

The Kukri, the famous Gurkha knife, is primarily designed as a tool rather than a weapon and is still issued to Gurkha soldiers today. Its long curve makes it an extremely efficient chopping blade. Some kukris would be inscribed with the details of the owner, such as their name or unit.

The weapons of the tribes of the North-West Frontier were often ornately decorated in order to further show off the wealth needed to own a knife, sword or firearm. Their knives’ thin, pointed blades were designed for short thrusts and could be deadly in close combat.

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