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. 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 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. 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 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.
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.
We offer this blade in a few different lengths while maintaining the rugged aesthetic and intent as a hard use all day worker.
The 9″ model is more compact, and a touch thinner, making for a more handy and controllable blade around camp that cuts and slices more readily at the cost of some chopping power. The 13″ blade packs a bit more power and leverage into the package for those looking to focus more on chopping capability but not end up with something unmanageable for camp tasks. An excellent all rounder option for large and powerful users also.
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
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 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.