Combining unique form, function and historical significance, the Mutiny is something we’ve wanted to make for quite some time here at Kailash Blades.
This pattern of blade is the oldest in terms of style that we offer, with this general style of khukuri dating all the way back to the late 1700’s through until the end of the 19th century. This specific blade is based off a Lambendh khukuri which was used by a Gurkha during the Sepoy Revolt or 1st Indian War of Independence (1857-58). By this point, the Gurkhas has already been serving as part of the British East India company since 1815 and had proved themselves to be great soldiers and vital assets to the British Crown in the Battle of Bhurtpore in 1826 and later the Anglo Sikh War of 1848.
However, the Indian Munity stands apart as one of the most important events in the History of the Ghurkas as a conflict which demonstrated the strengths of the connection between the unit and the British Crown. Of all the units in the British East India company’s army, the Ghurkas were one of only a small handful to remain loyal to the British and fight fiercely against their former comrades. Their loyalty and reliability cemented and solidified bonds of honour and respect which still stand to this day.
With a Lambendh style strongly curving spine, extended rats tail tang handle for added dexterity in combat, a single, shallow almost sabre like fuller along the spine and a just-slightly-thicker-than-a-sirupate belly often called a Baspate this blade differs quite greatly from our other historical blades not only in aesthetic but also in function. At this point in history khukuris used in war were becoming more standardised in shape and generalised in use, moving away from the incredibly fast and ultra slender fighting khukuris used before the Anglo-Nepalese war and towards the more rugged, utilitatrian patterns that characterised early 20th century mass produced war khukuris. As a result this blade maintains a blistering liveliness in hand well suited to Martial Arts and warfare while also possessing enough heft and durability for use clearing shrubbery, processing firewood and other survival tasks.
Blade Lengths and weights are as follows:
12″: 7mm spine at bolster, 380g
14″: 6.5mm spine at bolster, 420g
15.5″: (Historical and Standard Length) 6mm spine at bolster, 480g
All blade lengths include a 5.3″ handle, expect an additonal 50g with horn or micarta. Note that the sheaths pictured in 15.5 are of the raw rubbed salyani sheath from a custom order, the actual sheath is the standard black seen in the 14″.
A truly unique blade, not only in terms of its style but also in terms of its incredibly agile, exhilarating feel in hand. Add onto that the fact this blade is so significant not only to the history of the Gurkhas but the history of Nepal and you can understand why making this knife was something we’ve had as a goal in our hearts for so long.
Before Purchase, please read through our section on Warranty and Factory Seconds for information on the different grind types, tang options and how they affect the level of warranty we offer.