Salyani Khukuri! New knife Design

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  1. Kailash Blades

    Kailash Blades KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Nov 21, 2015
    This is a knife we've been working on for quite a while now and are really glad to finally have it available on our website. This Hanshee style of khukuri is the oldest there is and this is really where it all started for this blade style. These blades were very lithe, fast and lethal with a serious bend to them that caused them to bite deep and grab into soft targets.

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    There were two main challenges with developing this knife. The first of which is the very lean and slender construction. Making a knife that's this thin and has such gradual taper over the entire length is a huge challenge for our blacksmiths, especially when you consider that this blade is hand forged down from 12mm stock. The second challenge is the handle design. While most khukuris have very similar handles nowadays, the handles from this period are longer and a lot more slender, meaning changes to processes that our smiths usually do on autopilot. At the time these knives were often used with two hands, which when you consider how small the handle is for a two handed blade gives you an idea of how small the nepalese men of that period must have been and how MASSIVE this knife would have been in comparison. It begs the question though, should this knife be kept at the actual size of the original or scaled up to modern users? We went with two different sizes to allow for flexibility in that area. As it stands this knife is the lightest and fastest khukuri for it's size we've ever made, making this one of the best martial arts khukuris available. We're very proud of it as a result.
    More info available here:
    https://kailashblades.com/product/salyani/

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  2. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    What a great looking Khukri.

    I have a few HI, and a few others. I've also owned and used extensively Busse and a few modern interpretations.

    Visually the fit and finish I have seen coming our of your makers is very impressive!

    I for sure prefer my more traditional versions in use so far.
     
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  3. Kailash Blades

    Kailash Blades KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Nov 21, 2015
    Thanks a bunch! New skills and ideas grow very very slowly in nepal, so modern designs are often far rougher and less refined than traditional options which have had hundred of years to get right. However there's certainly a few nice modern options out there and more coming by the day. They always do handle quite differently though.
    Take care,
    Andrew
     
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  4. Kailash Blades

    Kailash Blades KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Nov 21, 2015
    Recently made another one of these lambendh style blades with more subdued finish and a shorter, snug handle.
    very happy with the final knife

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  5. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Gorgeous knife. What are the dimensions?

    Very clean engraving!
     
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  6. Kailash Blades

    Kailash Blades KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Nov 21, 2015
    Hey mate! Some specs for you:
    15.5″ blade
    5mm spine at bolster
    415g with a 5.5″ handle
    Point of Balance is ~5″ from bolster.
    Hope you're doing well.
     
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  7. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Wicked specs!

    I have a 12 inch blade sirapatu that weighs at least an ounce or two more
     
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  8. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Oh yeah that looks like a wicked fighter!
     
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  9. Kailash Blades

    Kailash Blades KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Nov 21, 2015
    Yeah it takes a fair bit of skill on the smithing side to keep a blade of this length as trim as this but the end result is super light, lean and fast and a great cutter. The balance is still very far forward though so it picks up a lot of power when you commit. Would be a seriusly scary weapon in the right hands.
     

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