The knife is styled after a discontinued model of the Italian knife maker Extrema Ratio. Having inspected one of the knives in each of the Gurkha sets and recently inspecting an authentic Extrema Ratio knife... I will state the following with some confidence:
-The knife is not made by Extrema Ratio
-The knife is not of quality to bring a $300 price tag alone.
-Though the sheath is marked "Made in Italy" it is doubtful it actually is *.
*The sheath is a clone of the Extrema Ratio sheath with one glaring flaw. The rivets are chrome, where authentic Extrema Ratio sheaths use subdued (blackened) rivets. And there are near identical clones of most Extrema Ratio knives made in China complete with ER trademarks and "Made in Italy" markings.
HOWEVER, considering the typical price of the Gurkha cigars, the price of a comparable herfador, the "challenge coin" (a $10 value considering most challenge coins are that price), and the price of even a cloned "fake" ER knife (it is in the $75.00 Chinese clone price range). The selling price is a decent price for the package! ($160 - $10 - $75 = $75 for 20 Gurkha cigars and a large travel herfador).
I wrote Gurkha about the time I posted the original post in this thread asking who made the knife and have not (most likely will not) received an answer.
If I were working and had the disposable income... I would buy each of the two sets offered and consider it a fair price for 20 (40) Gurkhas and the (2) herfadors, THEN consider the knife & coin a freeby to persuade me to purchase the sticks.
ETA: I have done a lot of research on Extrema Ratio knives and traded for an authentic ER Fulcrum S this weekend. I found this Chinese website with clone/counterfeit ER knifes (link left cold on purpose) which MIGHT be the ones commissioned and I add again MIGHT to make the knives for Gurkha... as they are the best counterfeit ER knives I have found. AND the Gurkha knives I inspected were relatively well made (blade material unknown factored in). SINCE the Gurkha knife has no ER markings and it is a discontinued design of ER, really... no harm/no foul. http://www.knife911.com/extrema-ratio-c-21.html
2nd ETA: Here is an authorized Extrema Ratio USA knife site for those like me that appreciate a well made working knife. http://www.xtremeknives.com/