Nobody is particular sure when the first Full Tang or Panawal khukuri was made or where it originated.
One school of thought said that it originated in the mid 19th century, as a result of increasing British Colonial influence within nepal, while others suppose the Panawal may have arisen earlier as a result of exotic japanese blades finding their way into the country. These blades had been made with full or partial riveted tangs for hundreds of years prior to the british adoption of the technqiue.
The most prominent Panawal khukuri is the mk2, which was produced en masse in multiple countries starting in 1915, with the added durability of the full tang handle proving popular enough to have the blade continue production until at least the mid 40’s. The Panawal Khukuri rose to prominence again in recent years after khukuris began to become popular overseas as heavy duty choppers, with the full tang handle ensuring that the entire blade could hold up to the same kind of extended rough use as the blades could. For this reason we’ve chosen not to use the mk2 pattern as the blade for our panawal (though easily available through our custom section) and instead have used a modern service issue style pattern instead. This blade is stout and powerful and with its slightly thicker primary and secondary grind, can handle the most abuse of any of our traditional blades. The profile also works well over a range of different lengths.
We’ve altered the spine thickness and the degree to which these knives taper to try and maintain an ideal powerful, controlled balance for the kind of chopping and use expected for each specific length. All knives feature a tapered and annealed tang for better stress and weight ditribution. The thicknesses and weights are listed as follows.
9″: 7mm thick spine at bolster, 550g
11″: (optimal, standard length), 8mm thick spine at bolster, 600g
13″: 8mm thick spine at bolster, 660g
15″: 7mm thick spine at bolster, 700g
17″: 6mm thick spine at bolster, 740g
All blade lengths come with a 5.5″ handle.
The Panawal is the hardest working, toughest and roughest traditional blade that Kailash has to offer. Take a well executed, annealed and tapered full tang handle, a time tested blade pattern and Kailash’s superior differential oil quenching and tempering process and you’ve got a knife that is borderline indestructible.
It’ll break you before you break it.
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.