The Kukri has remained a key weapon of Gurkhas in British service from 1815. Traditionally made in village furnaces and forges across Nepal, by the First World War kukri production began to be standardised. In 1951 the Wilkinson Sword Company in the UK made about 1400 kukris and scabbards for the Brigade of Gurkhas, to see if production could be moved to the UK for the Brigade. These are composed of very high-quality steel blades which have wood grips riveted together. These examples are marked with the name of the firm and the date 1951. Despite being some of the highest-quality kukris ever created, when issued to Gurkha soldiers in Malaya they were not a success. This was ironically due to their quality. It was reported that the edge, though sharp, dulled quickly, and required much grinding to re-establish, which was not always possibly for soldiers out on campaign. As such no further Wilkinson Sword Kukris were ordered and military service Kukris continue to be manufactured in Nepal.
Following the latest Government guidance regarding COVID-19 and careful consideration of the current situation, The Gurkha Museum has decided to close its doors to the public in the interest of visitor and staff safety, effective immediately.
The Museum will remain closed until further notice but will continue to operate behind the scenes with reduced staff on call to answer queries during this time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue updates through our website and social media channels as soon as we become aware of further changes to our operations.
May we thank our Visitors, Friends and Supporters for their understanding and support through this difficult period.