5th Gurkha Issue Khukuri GI5


GI5 holds a very strong historic significance but it also is an excellent working kukri. It is  all purpose utility knife that carries the history, and also has all characters of an assault knife.

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GI5 is also the first issue of its kind that originated in Dharan, Eastern Nepal. In 1961-62 GI5 production started in Dharan with the help of some army official at “Dharan Recruitment Camp”. “Origin” and “Date” were also stamped initially for a few batches but somehow was discarded or ignored in later years.
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KHHI also supplies the following Promotional Materials with every shipment:

  • KHHI Warranty Card
  • KHHI Brochure
  • Info leaflet
  • KHHI Product (Khukuri) Manual
  • Design Khukuri Pamphlet
  • Letter from MD
  • Letter of Declaration
  • 2 x small knives


The present day GI5 has been kept as it is like before. It is 10 inches bladed kukri, in unpolished version to maintain its conventional style.


Most of the issued kukris or kukris used by gurkhas had horn handle and so is with the handle of GI5. A rat tail tang goes through the handle (hidden) which is peened over at the brass pommel.


The sheath is made of water buffalo leather where twin belt-loop frog with brass bottoms at the back is fitted in the scabbard.

GI5 Khukuri

KHHI has done extensive study and exploration on the issue of GI5. The documented historical sources and archived photos show that the GI5 is the longest surviving issue kukri whose reign ran across for almost 3 decades from early 1960’s to late 1980’s. After the World Wars and with the modernization and advancement of military gears the khukuri’s primary role as a main weapon was restricted to a mere back-up / utility knife or rather as an iconic symbol. However, in later days the khukuri was seen more as an inseparable integrity of a Gurkha portraying his self-identity, stature of courage, honor and pride, and thus to recognize the very fact, GI5 was issued to each new recruits for parade and duty. The kukri was initially made for and as Dress Knife to carry in parades, on duty and other official military services hence the size was reduced to 10 inch, style and shape was changed and GI5s were made much simpler and conventional.

Although GI5 was issued as a “Dress Knife”, the khukuris were not up to the standard required by the army officials for parade. Here it wouldn’t be an offence to write that GI5 was the weakest (poorest) of all Gurkha Issues. Recruits thus had to painstakingly clean the blade and scabbard during their entire nine months span of recruitment training. Blades were roughly grounded, unpolished and black topped sometimes, and scabbards were made from raw buffalo hide. Recruits thus had to literally finish the khukuri with whatever resources available. This trend continued until mid-1970 after when soldier started to replace the raw hide by patent leather bought from local workshop at the suggestion of their superior. The blades however were mostly self-polished by the carrier.

Materials / Features:

Water buffalo leather scabbard, unpolished water buffalo horn handle, 2 x small knives

Additional information

Weight .1075 kg
Blade Size

10 inches approx.

Blade Thickness

8.5mm approx.

Blade Finishing

Unpolished Version

Handle Material

unpolished water buffalo horn handle


Water buffalo leather scabbard


KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal

Released Date

1st Jan 2009


Combat, Defending, Domestic use, Indoor, Jungle Warfare, Military, Regular work, Trekking

Actual Weight

570 grams

Overall Weight

775 grams

Shipping Weight

1075 grams


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