Measurements: overall length: 91 cm. Blade lenght: 53 cm
Attributed to Bishu Osafune Sukesada, Momoyama Period
The blade is a shinogi-zukuri (the most general style for tachi/katana and wakizashi) and it has gunome of nie and nioi with ashi and also has a slight itame (wood grained) hada. The suriage nakago (tang of a shorter blade) comes with one mekugi-ana signed Bishu Osafune Suke (sada), black lacquer saya with aogai karakusa.
The iron tsuba has a kemari and willow signed Shoami Kanenori while the fuchi-kashira (set of hilt collar and butt cap) is a shakudo (a billon of gold and copper - typically 4-10% gold, 96-90% copper - which can be treated to form an indigo/black patina resembling lacquer) with gilt of chrysanthemum and butterflies.
Wonderfully balanced and made to be used as a fighting Kukri as well as for use in animal decapitation, the weapon has a long walnut wooden grip for two handed use making it perfect for these applications. The forward leaning blade has two spine fullers and a shallow cho notch at the base of the blade.
And here comes the fun part…
According to “Spiral” of [ JRS ] this type of kukri, the “hanshee”, is a mispronouncedversion of the “hansiya” term, the ladies sickle used for cutting crops. When the term was introduced to the west it also entered the kukri folklore and it was started to be used by all the main western collectors.
The so called Hanshee is referred to in Nepal as a hand-and-a-half sirupate or double-hand sirupate, depending on the length of handle. In Nepali these are called “Hatrayadha Sirupate” and “Doharohat Sirupate”. Further qualifying of these kukries are given by the angled, straight, crescent or curved blade. The Nepalis normally say “Lamebendh Sirupate” (long handle sirupate) just to keep it simple.
The many divisions and names used in the west such as Budhume (big belly) and long leaf are unknown in Nepal other than when they have learnt it from westerners. “Bigbelly” in Nepali is actually ”thulebhunri” and “long leaf” would be “lamepate” not “langopate” although either of those names are not terms they use. Furthermore, a broad bladed kukri is a “Chaura Dhar” or “Chaurapat” (broad leaf) kukri.
So sadly, the many divisions used in the west are mere fantasies as far as any historical accuracy goes. The so called “Hanshee” is taken by many collector to be a very early, meaning pre-1820 model, but this weapon was still being made in 1920 featuring ivory handles. Horn handled “kothimara hanshee” were given and used by leading members of the ruling jats of Nepal, kings, premiers, etc.