The Sirupate (thin-leaf) is an extremely popular form of khukuri which takes the durability and power that khukuris are famous for and swaps out a bit of heft for a lot more speed.
In contrast with the larger Budhuna (fish-head) blade, the sirupate is typically far more slender, usually with a sligthly thinner spine to boot. This allows the knives significantly more agile, with a much greater tip speed and less cutting resistance. This optimises the blades for thinner wood and gives them the ability to hack through thin flexible brush in a way that many larger khukuris simply aren’t capable of.
The sculpted, rat tail tangs truly give these knives an incredibly lively but powerful feel in hand and are the fastest traditional knives that Kailash produces. This is especially in the hands of a trained martial artist, where the extra speed and agility enables them to be truly lethal. With that said, these blades still pack significant chopping power and aren’t to be underestimated. They’re still khukuris after all.
We’ve altered the spine thickness and the degree to which these knives taper to try and maintain an ideal agile and direct balance to handle the ratio of chopping to brushwork expected for each specific length. The thicknesses and weights are listed as follows.
12″: 6.5mm spine at bolster, 480g
14″”: 6.5mm spine at bolster, 530g
16″: (optimal, standard length) 6mm spine at bolster,600g
18″: 6mm spine at bolster, 680g
21″: 6mm spine at bolster, 800g
24″ 6mm spine at bolster, 940g (primarily ceremonial)
All blade lengths have optional handle lengths, apart from the 21″ and 24″ which must be bought with an 8″ handle for better control and leverage.
-50g to 150g from the total blade length with the addition of the ek chirra option, depending on length chosen.
Less of a dedicated chopper and more of a True All-Rounder than a standard khukuri, sirupates are exhilarating and dependable knives that have the versatility to go anywhere with you and handle just about anything. There’s a reason they’re so popular.
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.