Falo

This tough traditional khukuri has rustic charm, cheap pricing, a thick spine & heavy balance. It is used by blacksmiths or villagers for hard use & chopping.

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The Falo khukuri isn’t a traditional pattern specifically, it doesn’t originate from one village or have a history of use in a specific conflict. Instead this is our attempt to produce a knife that’s shares the unique features that are present in the khukuris used by Blacksmiths in their work. These knives are usually less detailed, with a rougher finish and a focus on practicality and a good balance for long, hard work. Used for rough carving the handles, shaping the handle scales, testing hardness and notching metal 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. Sometimes these blades are caught in later stages of making and are almost indistinguishable from the regular models. However the most interesting examples are caught in the rough forged blank stage (called Falo in Nepalese) and retain unique shapes and textures that would usually be later removed and refined by grinding. These can take the form of whatever blade was on order but as they are continuously used and sharpened via grinder they trend towards a less broad belly- with many veteran falo eventually ending up as thin as an inch from edge to spine.
These will frequently have the cho reduced to a small notch or completely left out- instead leaving a short flat platform on the ricasso where it would have been. Some of our customers have found this useful for choking up while carving or to provide some reassuring distance from the edge when chopping.

The handles on these blades are often simplified, with a focus on function. Handle carving, buttcaps and even bolsters are at times omitted leading to a plain but very functional handle. The shaping itself has often only seen the roughest of grinding wheels or has been very roughly carved to shape with a khukuri alone before being put to work. Eventually though even the most jagged and prismatic handles become rounded and buffed by years of hard use. We’ve attempted to replicate this organic and carefree finish, however the handle shape underneath is very tightly controlled to produce an extremely comfortable and easy-to-use handle for hard work. The final result is perhaps our most approachable and welcoming traditional handle design- gently grippy, softly shaped without harsh features yet with intelligently proportioned & located flare to prevent you from sliding off either end.

As of 2024 the blade of our falo is shaped entirely through the forging process. The profile, taper and even traditional rooftop spine are all hammered in and left untouched, with only the final edge seeing contact with a grinder. The result is a gorgeous, detailed forge finish with wobbles and imperfections that connect you to the smith than any other blade we make.

The resultant blade is a simple knife that has perhaps more unique character than anything in our lineup, while also offering comfort, value and ease of use in spades. The Falo has a moderate to high weight for its length and only moderate distal taper, which is balanced out by the very moderate belly and straighter almost sirupate-like form. The resultant feel in hand is one of reassuring heft and solid but controllabl and versatile power.
The 12″ blade is the default and perhaps the most versatile. At this length it produces very solid power for chopping, enough tip speed for brush clearing while still maintaining good controllability for camp tasks, precision swings and overswings.
The 10″ blade trades some of this power and tip speed for control in swings, finesse in smaller tasks and a more compact form.
The 8″ is at the kind of length where power from traditional wrist based chopping drops off a lot more. However shoulder driven chopping is still quite useful given its moderately high weight. With its smaller and straighter form factor it presents a good entry point for those who are used to using larger bushcraft knives and fixed blades but unaccustomed to a full sized khukuri- there are more transferrable skills and a more similar utility.
At the other end of the spectrum though the 14″ remains very practical but dips a toe into beast territory- with a big jump in chopping power and a corresponding drop in controllability. At this length it becomes less knifelike and more hatchetlike- preferring solid targets to chop into. However it does this while still at a relatively sensible length. It can be wrangled into camp tasks by skilled users or used for precise and controlled strikes by more powerful users.

Blade Lengths and Weights are as follows:
8″: 8mm spine at bolster, ~450g
10″: 8mm spine at bolster, ~550g
12″: 8mm spine at bolster, ~650g
14″:8mm spine at bolster, ~750g

If you’re looking for a knife with loads of character to add to your collection or a traditional workhorse 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 Options Info page as well as Warranty and Factory Seconds for information on all the different options and grind types we offer and how they affect the level of warranty you’ll receive.

Additional information

Weight1 kg
Blade Length

8", 10", 12", 14"


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