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Custom Nepali Moro Panabas

Kailash Blades

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Hey guys! Hoping to put a lot more of this kind of thing up in future, basically highlighting a knife and showing it go from a sketch all the way through to the final blade. This one's already completed but hopefully we'll do some buildalongs soon so people can see these knives progress.
One of our customers got in contact with us and asked if we could make a moro panabas. These are broader and more powerful than other styles and we're very well suited to this style of blade. Not only because we excel at making very large blades but also because there's a lot of crossover between the techniques used to make this in the Phillipines and traditional nepali bladesmithing. We insisted that we make a few changes though, both for durability with the full length through tang but also so could put a Nepali twist on things. The style of bolster, wrap style and braided cord are all Nepali features. A pretty simple sketch, but all we needed for the smiths to know what to do.

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After a couple weeks wait we started on forging. A blade this big requires a 3 man team to bring it down from leaf spring over a few hours as there's a lot of material to move by hand. If it was any bigger we potentially may have had to forge it from railroad track. Grinding takes another day and cleans up any profiles while also finishing the bevelwork that was started when forging.

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Making an octagonal bolster (Kanzo) was a bit of a challenge but the end result was great.
A full length through tang gives us a lot of strength while also giving a lighter, more traditional balance and all wood grip that a full tang can't. In order to make that happen we need to burn the wood in and then pin it in place before shaping. This process also anneals the tang as different areas are heated, leading to a very tough tang which is unlikely to break.

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And here's the knife in the hands of Mandip Rasaily, it's maker. From here it will have a stacked leather sheath made and have some traditional weaving added for a grip in much the same way as the original moro blades.

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Kailash Blades

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And a small selection of the final photos!
The customer was extremely happy with this blade and we has a few similar enquiries as a result of this piece turning out so well.

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eveled

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It’s beautiful. I was just thinking how would you carry that?! When I saw the picture of it on his back it looks perfectly shaped for that position. Amazing! Well done indeed.
 

Kailash Blades

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Thanks a bunch! The sheath is far from traditional, though there aren't a lot of examples to base their design off.
From wikipedia:
"Panabas scabbards were made of plain wood and are now extremely rare - according to accounts, largely because warriors would frequently discard them prior to a battle. Such scabbards invariably consist of two pieces of wood which are taken apart to remove the sword, as opposed to the sheath-type scabbards used by most other swords. The weapons are also said to have been carried into battle wrapped in cloth and slung across the back."
Stay tuned for a lot more of this kind of thing.
 

Kailash Blades

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Most of the pics are not showing for me.
Yeah there were hosted on facebook which changes urls periodically so they've disappeared. I've been going through all our pics and rehosting them here for the last week or so and still have this and a few other threads to go. Take care,
Andrew
 

Bigfattyt

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Nope only the outside edge as with the traditional panabas, but we could certainly do one that was sharpened on all sides.

Makes sense. Swung curved edge toward targets, it would function much as a large two handed Chinese war sword, or two handed heavy scimitar combined with a short pole arm!!

Nice.
 
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