The Falo khukuri isn’t a traditional pattern or category of knife specifically, it doesn’t originate from one village or have a history of use in a specific conflict. Simply put, this is our attempt to produce a knife that’s as representative as possible of the kind of khukuri that the Blacksmiths use to make their khukuris. The knives are usually less detailed, with a rougher finish and a focus on practicality and the perfect balance for long, hard work. Used for rough carving the handles, shaping the handle scales, testing hardness and notching steel for cutting, these knives are workhorses. Plain and simple.
Traditionally, these blades often come about after a mistake in the production of an order, where instead of scrapping the blade they finish it at a lower standard of finish and keep it as part of their working arsenal. The most common and therefore most frequently salvaged blade pattern is that of the Modern Service Issue and the various tourist khukuris which match it, so we’ve chosen to use this in our rendition of the Falo khukuri. We’ve chosen to call it the Falo after the nepalese name for the rough forged blank, as this is where these knives most often originate and the forging process is so evident in these.
The 11″ blade is a rock solid all rounder, with a moderate spine thickness of 7mm, giving a good amount of power for hard, controlled work without being too tiring to swing all day. The grind is once again, moderate, allowing for hard use and durability while still retaining enough cutting efficiency to do the job. The entire blade is left with a very rough raw forge finish, complete with hammer marks which offers character and excellent corrosion resistance, with the only polished part of the blade being the actual edge from the final grinding and sharpening process.
The handle is 100% function, without the traditional rings or grooves and is more or less just a big slab of wood or buffalo horn left roughly cut to the perfect smooth and simple shape, giving it a warm and inviting texture that Blacksmithss prefer over a highly polished and refined handle that can give hotspots and require a tighter grip for retention. The handle has a well sculpted rat tail tang for reduced weight and a livelier feel in hand, peened, tapered and annealed for durability and superior stress distribution.
Blade Lengths and Weights are as follows:
9″: 6mm spine at bolster, 340g
11″: (optimal, most accurate) 7mm spine at bolster, 500g
13″: 7mm spine at bolster, 590g
15″: 6mm spine at bolster, 660g
All blade lengths come with a 5.5″ handle.
If you’re looking for a knife with loads of character to add to your collection or an absolute workhorse, with a form that has been shaped by millenia of collective use by Nepalese Blacksmiths, then why look any further? A tool made by Blacksmiths to be used by Blacksmiths. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Before Purchase, please read through our section on Warranty and Factory Seconds for information on the different grind types, tang options and how they affect the level of warranty we offer.