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Villagers no.1 Khukuri (Pahade)

Villagers no.1 Khukuri (Pahade)

Source (origin) of all modern Panawal khukuris produced by KHHI since 1993; Pahade is first choice kukri knife in the villages of Nepal..

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  • Blade Length (in): 10
  • Handle Length (in): 5.5
  • Blade Steel: 5160
  • Handle Material: Rosewood
  • Sheath: Water buffalo leather scabbard
  • Actual Weight (gm): 675
  • Overall weight (gm): 950
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1250
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade thickness (mm): 10
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
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USD 80.00

PAHADE; a hardcore working kukri
its new PANAWAL handle back then was its identity and strength

Popularly known as 'Pahade khukuri', the famous 'Panawal' (full flat tang riveted fixture of handle) version kukri, and the first of its kind reproduced by KHHI Nepal. The panawal type handles were quite famous during the Second World War but it was almost forgotten by late 20th Century. This was soon realized by Mr. Til Bahadur BK, production man at KHHI, and thus started manufacturing the Panawal kukri as he knew the importance of having a strong and durable working kukri for successfully accomplishing a job. The PANAWAL handle would not only provide more strength and durability (no breakage) but also give good counter balance to the blade over its PAROWAL (rat tail tang) counterpart. Pahade is the first panawal type khukuri produced by KHHI in the industrial level in 1993. It took no time for this khukuri to storm the market and become a favorite piece of everybody. The demand skyrocketed and almost everyone started making this type of 'panawal-handle' kukris with a different name, style, and sizes.

Giving the name 'Pahade'

It is derived from the word "Pahad" meaning hills or highlands with lush greeneries. The word "Pahade" denotes 'from Pahad'; or 'from the hills or mountains'; means 'belonging to hills and rural' in Nepalese. Villagers from the hills/ mountains always preferred this type of kukri for their daily use. As they highly depend on their knife and of course can't afford to have various khukuris, they simply chose a permanent solution; the Pahade Khukuri.

Pahade Khukuri is believed to have existed a long time back in history, but since it was only used in the villages mostly by farmers it didn't come into limelight. The popularity was limited in the rural countryside. 

KHHI as a motive to provide all type and mostly strong working khukuris started the production, and its has been nicknamed 'Pahade' as a respect to the people from 'Pahad' who used it. Little harsh to say but in typical Nepali term (slang), 'Pahade' also refers to the people living in the hills or mountain, especially the Aryan ethnic group of people separating them from the rest ethnic groups. 
 

Well balanced Blade and a strong handle 

Blade: Pahade khukuri has a special blade forged to withstand any rough and tough treatments. The blade is 10inch long with polished finishing. A semi-fuller layer (chirra) runs over the main panel which adds to the strength and durability of the blade. This semi-fuller helps to cut down the unnecessary weight of the blade and evenly distributes the impact force generated when striking against a target. The overall blade is well-balanced for easy use and well-designed to withstand huge impacts. This blade is a display of true craftsmanship as it is very hard to craft.

Handle: The handle is 'Panawal' type; in strict kukri term means 'full-flat riveted' handle and its the major feature of this khukuri. The kukri’s handle is full-flat tang in which two wooden handle pieces are glued together by epoxy and further riveted to strengthen the handle. Then the whole fixture is completed by fixing steel bolster and butt cap at the two ends of the handle. The special and unique riveted handle is very strong, durable and is a performer. It is highly efficient for hardcore knife works.

Scabbard: It has a traditional normal black leather scabbard. Near the mouth of the sheath, you can find a frog loop for belt to go through and carry it. While the tip of the scabbard has a lanyard loop for string to go through. This helps to avoid unwanted movement of the sheath.

Karda and Chakmak; two small backup and utility knives are included with Pahade Khukuri. Karda is a small pen knife and Chakmak is an emergency sharpener.


The common use of khukuri in villages >>

Villages in Nepal are remote and lifestyle is far away from the comfort zone. This knife plays an important role in day to day life; its a tool through the day and a safeguarding weapon in the nights. A common villager keeps his admired piece of khukuri hanged on his hip for domestic works while sleeps keeping the same knife under their pillow for safety and security. Even the women love to keep this knife in the kitchen as a household tool, and also as a security weapon when they are alone.

Usage of khukuri is any tasks or activities that involve cutting. Anything that requires cutting; collecting firewood, clearing the bush, chopping meats and bones, preparing shelters etc, a khukuri comes handy. It is an indispensible part in a villager's life.
 

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