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Ishapore was located near Barrackpore, outside of Calcutta

The first Arms Manufacturing facility on the site was a gunpowder factory, which was started in 1787 and began production in 1791. In 1904, a Rifle Factory was established at Ishapore, and began production of the Lee-Enfield rifle.

Kukris ( or ‘khukuri’) , Nepalese knives used by the Gurkha Regiments were also manufactured at Ishapore[1], in 1927 when a small high quality batch was made[2]

Spelling variants

Ishapore, Ichapore, Ichapur

External links

"Working at the Ichapur Gunpowder Factory in the 1790s (Part II)" by Jan Lucassen Indian Historical Review December 2012 39 (2): 251-271, archived page.

Historical books online


  1. Thread from Sword Forum, archived page, 1927 RFI MKII Kukri with images. Images are also available on Photobucket
  2. The 20th Century British Military Gurkha Issue Kukri [with images] by Spiral 1 February 2015.