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Jungle Panawal (Better)

Jungle Panawal (Better)

This Khukuri is the jungle panawal version of the Gurkhas but fitted by better and stronger Panawal (full flat tang) handle..

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USD 65.45 77.00

USD 38.28

Delivery: Estimated between Jul 16, 2024 and Jul 26, 2024

Item Location: Nepal

Return: 14 days return policy.

Default Specification

  • Blade Size (in): 10
  • Handle Size (in): 5
  • Handle Material: Rosewood
  • 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
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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. 

A Panawal Tang (handle)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


British standard knife late 19th centuryBrief Historic Background of Panawal khukuris

Historically speaking, surprisingly, Panawal handle was not in use in and around the Gorkha era (say until the mid-19th century since we knew kukri). After the Gorkha-British friendship it must be the British influence or ideology or even demand to switch gear from regular tang to full flat tang by the makers. It was only in early 20th century making of the Panawal handle kukris actually started. Large number of army and personal kukris' production with the handle started from early 1900’s.

In recent History, Panawal kukri production went to almost nil in the mid-1950’s. It was later in 1990 Til Bahadur Bishwakarma (TB BK) realizing the importance of the Panawal kukri started its production for KHHI (KH then). This was well accepted by the market and soon its production and varieties were seen just about anywhere.

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Dennis Wayne Flores Verified Buyer

Date: 6th June, 2024


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I was going to send a response as soon as I received the panawal kukri but I waited til I had time to use it first. Man this thing is a work horse. Perfect heat treat. Holds it's edge. Does not slow down. I am so delighted to have this. This will be the beast I carry in the woods for now on. Thank you so much!

Alan Richmond Verified Buyer

Castlegate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Date: 8th February, 2024


Finishing as described:

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What a wonderful experience I have just had in purchasing a Khukuri from KHHI Nepal! I was looking for a traditional "village" type of Khukuri, rather than a "tourist souvenir" type. As I intend to use it daily, I wanted it to be very strong, like the military service issue. The Jungle Panawal (better) with a rosewood handle, was the perfect solution! The blade is nicely forged and ultra-sharp, and the wood to metal fit is excellent. Communications were excellent. My order was immediately acknowledged, and an actual photo of the knife was sent to me before despatch! Delivery from Nepal to the United Kingdom took only 15 days from the date of purchase! There is an excellent guarantee promise after purchase, with detailed instructions and video tutorials on care and use. There was even a photo, and personal details of the bladesmith who made it! Im am very pleased with my purchase, and the first-rste customer service.

KARIM SMITH Verified Buyer

Date: 26th November, 2023

Just received mine today, and have to say it's an awesome bit of kit very well made and lovely well balanced, well done always happy to support the Gurkha's where i can.......

John Giles Verified Buyer

Date: 4th October, 2023

I could not be happier!

I received my jungle panawal today, in less than a week after ordering. I have had one khukuri before (from a reputable brand) but it was so cumbersome and heavy i sold it soon after purchasing. This put me off a other for a long time but the thought of owning a nice khukuri kept me looking. I chose KHHI because of the good reputation, and most importantly because of the UK depot as i will not purchase knives from abroad due to our crazy customs/border force. I was concerned this model may be too big (I'm not too big myself) and almost went for an 8inch version, but the full tang and decent price of this model made me choose it. I am so glad i did. I literally have never been so happy with a purchase in my life, and I've bought and sold lots and lots of knives. I feel truly blessed to have this, the weight and balance is absolutely perfect, feels lovely in the hand and absolutely does not feel too big or heavy like my previous version. I am very impressed with the workmanship, i have no complaints whatsoever. It is not completely flawless like a factory production knife, but these small telltale signs of a handmade item give it character. I have not used it extensively yet obviously as it only arrived today, but i can already tell it will be a useful tool, length and weight for hard work but really feels refined enough for more tasks than just chopping. I literally feel blessed to own this, i have no doubt it will outlast me and be a heirloom for my son when in dead and gone. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this model or KHHi to anyone. I will certainly be keeping an eye on UK depot stock in the future for further purchases

Juergen Wickenhoefer Verified Buyer

Date: 10th February, 2023

Individuell gestaltet

For a long time I have wanted to buy a Khukuri. However, I was always a bit unsure about the internet offers as to whether they were quality blades or whether so-called tourist knives were being sold. After some research I found the Kukri house in Katmandu (Nepal). The Internet pages were very detailed and informative, so that there was hardly a question that remained unanswered. An inquiry was answered immediately and so I ordered an individually designed and forged Khukuri. The order processing was exemplary, questions were answered immediately and the excitement grew. When the shipment came, I was speechless: excellent packaging and a blade with a sheath of excellent quality My greatest respect to the entire KHHI team. One can only admire the master smiths under which conditions they produce this quality. It was certainly not the last knife that I ordered from the KHHI. Best regards and Namaste Juergen

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