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    Post WW2 kukri markings?

    Gentlemen,

    Has any attempt made to catalog markings found on post WW2 military kukris? For example, I've seen some reference made to "E" numbers ("E66", etc.) being associated with Borneo/Malaya period kukris, but all evidence presented is purely anecdotal. Anyone have substantive data?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark McMorrow View Post
    Gentlemen,

    Has any attempt made to catalog markings found on post WW2 military kukris? For example, I've seen some reference made to "E" numbers ("E66", etc.) being associated with Borneo/Malaya period kukris, but all evidence presented is purely anecdotal. Anyone have substantive data?
    Mark,

    Where have you seen such a reference?

    I have been collecting markings on kukri for several years, with attribution to known firms where possible. I know others have done the same.

    One "gentleman" in particular seems keen to lend attribution to markings without references. Such people should be treated with a large pinch of salt.

    If you have a more direct enquiry, I will be happy to help, if I can.

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    Hi Chris,

    See this IKRHS thread. As stated, the evidence is not very solid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark McMorrow View Post
    Hi Chris,

    See this IKRHS thread. As stated, the evidence is not very solid.
    Decidedly shaky at this moment in time I would say.

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    Excellent question.. Mark.

    As Chris points out No one reliable has researched this field....

    ~I would still surmise the E date marks were , a Army purchase. but I know of no evidence to support it.


    It seems likely according to a reliable source that pre.1965 the mk.5s & most other British army kukri before them back to ww2 era were Indian made.

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