What is BSI?
It means British Standard Issue. Its also called BAS (British Army Standard) sometimes. It is the one that is obtained through official open tender, well inspected, approved by army officers from BGN (British Gurkhas Nepal) and actually used by the soldier. Unlike in the previous years, this year INTAKE 2020 is engraved (stamped) in each side of the blade [INTAKE (one side) 2020 (another side)].
These are the current service issue of British Gurkhas for the year 2019-20. Service No.1 is a parade and duty knife where as Service No.2 is a fight and field knife (training, combat) provided to each new recruit by the British Army. The annual tender was for 2 kukri knives and a cap badge for the new recruits. This time the recruitment and selection process was late which only started from end 2019 and completed by Jan end 2020.
“BSI 2019-20 (Current Issue)” is the exact reproduced version of the original, in fact betterly and more strongly made by KHHI Nepal for public procurement. Both the kukris are pretty much the same as the last year’s having almost same dimensions. After the official system of issuing 2 kukris for one soldier started from early 2000, all the models have been very identical except for little minor detail in shape, size and weight. This is majorly due to the knife being 100% handmade and supplied by various contractors each year.
BSI 2019-20 (Service #1; Full Polished with Shiny Patent Leather Sheath) is objected for duty, parade and ceremonial events only. It is a dressed knife that a Gurkha carries in his belt when he is on duty, on guard, in parade drill and in special army events. It is always worn in the center back of the waist. The kukri and sheath both have to be highly maintained for cleanliness and shininess. It is regularly inspected by senior officers in an army event called “Khukuri JaanchPass” where soldier draw out the blade and submits the blade to the inspector.
Blade Length: 10.25" (26cm)
Handle Length: 4.25" (10.8cm)
Handle: Water Buffalo Horn
Actual Weight (gm): 515
Overall weight (gm): 725
Blade finishing: None
Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
Blade material: 5160
Place of Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
Blade thickness (mm): 9
Handle finishing: Polished / Unpolished
Sheath: Patent / Normal Leather
Tang type: Rat-Tail
Edge grinding: Semi convex
Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
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