Jungle Panawal (Better)
This Khukuri is the jungle panawal version of the Gurkhas but fitted by better and stronger Panawal (full flat tang) handle..
Jungle Panawal kukri; stronger and better version of the ordinary Jungle kukris
“Jungle Panawal” is actually the same “Jungle” version reproduced by KHHI but with a superior full-flat-tang handle. The same blade is fitted with a “Panawal” handle to enhance the working ability of the knife hence the name follows as the “Jungle Panawal”.
It is an unpolished full-size kukri used for jungle warfare and domestic need too. It is designed for rough use so no finishing (shinning) is done on the blade. The total unpolished format of Jungle Panawal enhances the cutting ability and durability of the blade. Here the loss of hardness is prevent by avoiding the long machinery process undertaken to polish a blade which generates extreme heat. It is also an optional knife for the British Gurkhas as a training or combat kukri. It is very famous among users because of its typical kukri look and better feature (handle), as an all-purpose utility knife.
As mentioned above unlike the regular "Jungle", the special feature or the strength of this kukri is its extra strong handle. It is especially designed for heavy stressful work. It has a unique distinct handle where the metal (tang) of the blade in the handle area is flat, not narrow and pointed as in other knives. The blade is therefore visible all around the handle. The handle is further joined strongly to the blade by two rivets that can also be seen at the sides. This full flat tang version makes handle very tough and also gives a good counter balance to the blade making it very easy and effective to use.
A leather loop (Lanyard hole) is also made in the tip of the scabbard to hold the knife firmly in the user’s thigh to prevent from wobbling while in motion by using a string. This comes as an additional feature to better that adds value to the knife. The same feature (lanyard hole) is also introduced in the handle to tie in wrist. This make sures the blade always stays in hand.
Jungle Panawal has a twin loop belt frog (military) in its sheath to carry the khukuri.
Size of blade: 10 inch approx.
Materials: Water buffalo leather scabbard, full flat tang twin rivets wooden handle, 2 x small knives
Panawal kukri has an interesting story behind it.
Although the khukuri with "Panawal Tang (handle)" was brought into practice in history long ago and this sort was particularly used in the 2nd world war days by Gurkhas, this traditional kukri knife was in the verge of extinction in the later years after mid 20th century. It is only after the establishment of KH (Khukuri House) now KHHI in 1991 TB BK, realized the importance of a hardcore working kukri and started the production of “Panawal” version for the very reason in large scale. It was therefore only from 1993 Panawal kukri knives came back into limelight and stormed the khukuri market instantly. Soon it was so much in demand that people started making “Panawal” khukuri in various shapes, sizes and started adopting different styles and names using the same “Panawal-Handle” system.
- Actual Weight (gm): 615
- Overall weight (gm): 825
- Shipping weight (gm): 1125
- Blade finishing: Unpolished
- Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
- Blade material: 5160
- Place of Origin: Dharan, Eastern Nepal
- Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
- Blade thickness (mm): 9
- Handle finishing: Polished
- Sheath: Water buffalo leather
- Released date of KHHI Nepal: 1993-02-24
- Tang type: Full Flat
- Fixture: Iron
- Edge grinding: Semi convex
- Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
- Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
- Function: Indoor, Hunting, Jungle warfare, Regular Work, Heavy Duty, Trekking