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Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:02
OK ... This "how to" was brought about due to a discussion between Steel Bonnet, PD and myself .
When I first decided to start customizing action figures (about 4 years ago) there were a few things / topics that I wanted to work on besides , starwars , spetsnaz , cossacks and mongols one of them was Ghurkas .
My idea was to do various bashes of Ghurkas in different theaters and times .
As you can tell , I have not finished one yet even though I have stockpiled ebough parts and sculpts for god knows how many Ghurkas .
(not trying to brag ...Just telling it like it is )

The first photo is of 2 mods and a stock Khukri from here : http://www.gijoeelite.com/f_categoryRecord.asp?strPart=GIEW-07G

The knife with the Strider type handle was made from a Cotwald Kuhkri and the one with the Modern handle was made from a 21c Khukri .
If you can get your hands on a 21c one ...DO NOT MODIFY IT ! It is perfect .


The idea behind these mods was for some modern Ghurka Rifles in Afghanistan projects . I searched around on the wed and found that several modern knife manufacturers made/make their own version of the Ghurka Kuhkri knife .

Ramble ramble ramble .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:05
2.

What you might want to use .

•Sanding block

•Emery board

•Round file

•Hobby saw

•Matte black spray paint

•Metallic paint / brush

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:06
3.
Peel the cheezy belt loop off of the sheath .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:07
4.

The Cotswald sheath is HUGE . I used the sanding block (with rough grit) to thin it down and shorten it a little .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:08
5.

Here is a really blurrly and dark photo of the handle aftre the sidess have been sanded flat .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:11
6.

This is a comparison photo of a regular knife handle and the Cot's khukhri handle .
Granted the Khukri handle is supposed to be a little bigger , but DAMN !
Also a good way to gague how much to shave off .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:11
7.

A little more sanding

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:12
8.

Here , a steel round file is used to "notch" the handle .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:14
9.

Properly "notched" (knife guys ..I know its not the correct term...Please forgive my ignorance).
Alittle bit more sanding as well .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:15
10.

Here is a super fine dremmel bit used to make a lanyard loop in the end of the handle .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:16
11.

Hole

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:17
12.

Paint junk .

In this photo the blade has been sanded as well as painted (to sharpen it up as well as remove that ugly gold color paint )with Matte black spray primer

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:20
13.

Dry brushed with Citidel paints Boltgun Metal .
If so desired you can "shiny it up" more by using Chainmail or Mithril Silver .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:26
14.

Here , the sheath has been covered with OPSGEAR British DPM fabric .
The fabric was applied by smearing Fabri-Tac all over the previously sanded sheath , then wrapping the fabric around the sheath.
Later ...Add whatever types of little "doo dads" and straps you like .
I have seen photos of modern 1/1 Ghruka Rifles using thes technique of cammo wraping their Khukri .

I have NEVER seen one applied in a drop down fashion , but it sems like it would look pretty darn cool .

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:28
15.

Here is a really bad photo of a really old Ghurka Rifles RTO with his new knife .
Gonna have to do A LOT of repainting and weathering . Also need to get rid of that WWII sweater .

Well ... I hope this has been of some help .

Enjoy .

Remeber ...If they don't make it ....you might be able to .

Peace,

Aly

Alyasha
03-19-2004, 20:29
D'OH !

Forgot to add the photo ! :rolleyes :sadshake

Yujin
08-03-2005, 13:52
Man, Aly. this is DAMN COOL! :thumb
Great tutorial!!! How the heck did I miss it?

Gamilaroi
08-04-2005, 02:49
Brilliant:thumb