18inch Panawal (NO MERCY)
The ability to take upon any opposition, the deadly look and the alarming size, No Mercy..
18" Panawal (NO MERCY) Khukuri Knife (sword); with religious and battle values..
The 18” Panawal titled as “No Mercy” is the large version of the famous Panawals that is mercilessly and massively used for heavy duty cutting work. The very design of the handle itself supports and co-ordinates with the hardcore usage of the knife. The full flat tang that goes all the way through the handle, which is also seen on the edges of the handle is firmly secured by rivets from both sides to give a rock-hard handle. The two wooden plates are first glued to the tang by epoxy and then riveted. The bolster and pommel made from iron sheet are also fixed at two ends to further secure the handle firmly. This special handle of 18” Panawal, and thus the name, is the strongest feature of this hefty khukuri that would take upon any opposition. The deadly look and the alarming size have truly made this knife a “No Mercy” kind of thing. This unpolished 18” bladed Panawal kukri is on very high demand for jungle use for clearing bushes, cutting branches, hacking logs etc, just like a typical Machete.
It has not been long since KHHI started producing Panawal khukuri in a sacrificial size. It is especially done to enhance the “Panawal” assortment. The blade measures 18” long and has a Panawal type wooden handle thus the definite name. The shape resembles the “BhojPure” version; fat, thick and heavy. Normal buffalo hide leather scabbard is used. It also comes with two accompanying knives in a considerable size, about 4 inches bladed; a good usable size. All the making and building of the knife is done by hand using only conventional domestic tools.
Size of blade: 18 inch approx.
Materials: Water buffalo leather scabbard, Indian rosewood riveted full flat tang handle, 2 x accompanying knives
Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
Significance and religious value
Most Nepalese are devoted Hindus. They have been practicing Hinduism since generations and ritual beliefs still go strong even today. Similarly it would be fair to say that the khukuri has also been contributing to all Nepalese to performing some of the religious act of Hinduism. One of the rituals and also traditions of Nepalese has a religious ceremony of beheading domestic animals as an offering to the goddess “Durgamata” during the main Nepalese festival, the “Dashain”. This is where the 18” khukuri chiefly comes into play, where it reveals its true identity, where it demands a kill and respect as a true slaughter-house.
Nepalese main festival, Dashain, during which on the 9th day called “Maar” domestic animals are sacrificed at home or mostly at temples as an offering to the goddess “Kali Maata”. The ceremony is performed after going through all the rituals and the beheading must be done in one clean stroke otherwise it is believed to bring ill fortune. This is where the 18” Panawal Kukri is commonly brought into practice because of it awesome strength and ability. The alarming size and tremendous force of the knife generates a deadly force which would kill a prey in a single lethal blow. Such is the impact and ferocity of the khukuri, crafted to assault, defend and defy.
What is a Panawal kukri?
What does Panawal handle mean?
Panawal in kukri terms means Flat Tang kukri. “Pana” mean Flat Tang and “Wal” mean Type. Any khukuri blade having Full Flat Tang as shown in the photos above is a “Panawal” kukri knife. Here the tang follows the shape of the handle. The handle scales are fixed to the tang by using rivet/s and each end may have metallic ends fitted to complete the fixture. Panawal is a very strong and durable type of handle especially made for heavy-duty cutting works. It also gives good counter balance to the blade since it has mass and thus weight.
- Actual Weight (gm): 1475
- Overall weight (gm): 1975
- Shipping weight (gm): 2500
- Blade finishing: Unpolished
- Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
- Blade material: 5160
- Place of Origin: KHHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
- Blade thickness (mm): 10-11
- Handle finishing: Polished
- Sheath: Water buffalo leather
- Tang type: Full Flat
- Fixture: Iron
- Edge grinding: Semi convex
- Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
- Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
- Function: Sacrifical, Heavy Duty, Gift, Lethal, Combat, Attacking, Fighting