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

- Called as the 'Pahade khukuri' due to its close relation with the hilly regions of Nepal and its people
- the famous 'Panawal' (full flat tang riveted version of handle) type kukri >> SEE PHOTOS 
- the first of its kind produced 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 heavy-duty job that required cutting and even hammering. 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 in different names, styles and sizes.

Giving the distinctive name 'Pahade'

a typical rural village in NepalBasically we have nicknamed 'Pahade' as a respect to the people from 'Pahad' who use 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. It is derived from the word "Pahad" in Nepalese literature meaning hills or highlands with lush greeneries. The word "Pahade" denotes 'from Pahad'; or 'from the hills or mountains'; means 'belonging to the hills and rural'. 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. Its a knife, its a tool, its bread and butter...

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 only. And perhaps of it being on the heavier side, soldiers may not have picked it up to not burden themselves.
 

Well balanced Blade + strong Handle = Pahade kukri (a simple equation)

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 also a display of true craftsmanship as it is very hard to craft.

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

Scabbard: 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 when carrying.

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 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, slicing, hacking etc. Anything that requires a sharp edge from collecting firewood, clearing the bush, chopping meats and bones, preparing shelters, food etc, a khukuri comes handy. It is an indispensible part in a villager's life. It is something they must have to make a living.
 

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