What is your Favorite Knife? - Page 7




 
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August 4th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
As far as I am aware military issue Kukri's are different from those civilians can buy, but to be honest I'm not an expert.



Absolutely, in my opinion the Ghurkha's are among the best troops/fighters in the world, on top of that they are fiercely loyal. Their motto is if my memory is correct, "Better to die then be a coward."
The Kukri knife that is issued to every Gurkha personnel iin the Singapore police force is rather symbolic to denote or identify them as a member of the Ghurka Contingent. From what I understand, the commissioning of the officers are bestowed by the Commisionner of Police, Singapore, rather than by the President. But the pay and benefits enjoyed by the members of the Ghurkha contigent are the same as the local policemen in Singapore. But once they finish their term of service, they have to return back to Nepal. I believe thats the agreement. They, however, enjoyed a lifetime pension, equivalent to that which a local would draw. From what I understand, that is pretty luxurious in Nepal itself...

Their children goes to our local school. Some of the teenage girls are pretty good looking, but I can tell you, none of the local boys would want to mess with them,,,

And the strory of the kukri, once drawned, needs to "taste" blood before it is returned to the scabbard, is actually a myth... The Gurkha startyed it to impress the Brits...

I thought I add this for fun-

August 4th, 2012  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
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Originally Posted by George
We have Gurkin(sp?) pickles here.

Indira Ghandi would have been better off with them as bodyguards....
Gurkin is a brand of pickles, right? When I read the word gurkin, I think it is a combination of two Swedish words. The word pickled in Swedish is inlagd and the word for cucumber is Gurka (singular) Gurkor (plural). I have seen Swedish words in Minnesota and sometimes they are adjusted to the English language. A lot of people in MN with a Swedish ancestry and when the time passes by and new generations are coming, the old world language adjust.




How many are the Gurkhas today?
August 5th, 2012  
zhaldev
 
 
Funny though Nepalese who work in India are stereotyped as watchmen,in many parts here watchmen/night guards are called as gurkhas,this may be because large number of gurkhas has taken up the jobs of watchmen.
However Gurkhas is derived from Guru Gorakhnath the Hindu saint.
Former Chief Indian Army Sam Manekshaw famously said" If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha."
There are 7 Gorkha regiments in Indian Army.
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August 5th, 2012  
42RM
 
Fairbairn-Sykes
August 6th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zhaldev
Funny though Nepalese who work in India are stereotyped as watchmen,in many parts here watchmen/night guards are called as gurkhas,this may be because large number of gurkhas has taken up the jobs of watchmen.
However Gurkhas is derived from Guru Gorakhnath the Hindu saint.
Former Chief Indian Army Sam Manekshaw famously said" If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha."
There are 7 Gorkha regiments in Indian Army.
Well, zhaldev, correct me if I am wrong in this- but originally these people were called Ghorkhas....

Nowadays, these highly trained men were in high demand by the PMCs for security works.
August 6th, 2012  
hawky94
 
 
A butter knife... spreads my Marmite and margarine very well on my several pieces of toast...

Speaking of toast... that'd be good right about now. (Goes and gets toast.)
August 6th, 2012  
Yossarian
 
 


Patent pending but I already called it.
August 6th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
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Originally Posted by Yossarian


Patent pending but I already called it.
That is brilliant....
August 6th, 2012  
zhaldev
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yossarian


Patent pending but I already called it.
Thats from star wars"obi wan kenobi"
August 6th, 2012  
zhaldev
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by viper2007
Well, zhaldev, correct me if I am wrong in this- but originally these people were called Ghorkhas....

Nowadays, these highly trained men were in high demand by the PMCs for security works.
Yes you are right Gurkha\Gorkhas is an ethnic community from east-west Nepal and also has a sizable community in Darjeeling(India),Their name derives from the Hindu saint Guru Gorakhnath.
like you said they are highly trained and in demand however due to Bollywood and its depiction of Gorkhas as doorman or watchmen has led to this stereotype.