Viper; the Fighting and Survival Knife (VFS Mark 2 )
::About Kevin Kraus::
A Louisiana man with enough trouble under his belt to have an idea what he wants in a tool when being out in the woods or the concrete jungle that is New Orleans. An avid adventurer, I see what some may call "trouble" as simply as my next adventure, and with several years of various martial arts and weaponry in my background, I found one common factor between wilderness/disaster survival and fighting to survive: not having the right tools makes life a lot harder. And thus I began looking to design a tool that was as multipurpose as possible, as well as my original desire of adding visual appeal to the tool as well.
And the easiest tool to make look good AND be useful were knives.
Viper Knife Profile >>
The world was filled with knives that either were a tool, or a work of art. Seeing artistically inclined knives in many forms of media, I took inspiration from some different tropes of blade profiles, handle shapes, and looked to mesh my favorites into something that was more than just for looks, but for actual use. The prototype of these knives was first tested in woods and with input from friends within the Krav Maga martial art, with duly noted critique from them and my own experiences with the first iteration.
And that's where my friends from KHHI came in, collabing on the ergonomic aspects of the original knife. Removing the frivolous aspects and taking the suggestions of the company, I settled on a mix of Persian, tactical, fantasy and the streamlined allure of a bejeweled snake: full of subliminal elegance, but still very much a refined creature with purpose in its design. With KHHI’s input, they helped me create the second iteration: Viper Fighting and Survival (VFS) Knife Mark 2.
Taking a nod from the khukuri, the front belly and forward curve allows it to be a chopping tool, but despite the thickness, still have a serviceable edge and piercing ability. The belly is subtle enough for batoning, and the finger choil on the front is useful to choke up on it for finer tasks. At roughly a .25 inch thickness, the knife is in the sweet spot for chopping, and can take a razor edge if desired. The spine section before the back edge made batoning feasible, yet let me keep the desired tip shape.
The overall tip shape I took inspiration from various daggers and thrusting styles, taking nods from Persian and Italian daggers and tools such as a “smatchet” (a chopping weapon with a point used by the OSS during world war 2 survival), allowing the aforementioned chopping ability...but leaving one with a devastating point that is reinforced by the beefy nature of the knife, but will still sink its fangs deep into what you strike at, in the woods or in battle.
::The Notch and the Pommel::
The notch on back is useful for multiple reasons, ranging from a lashing point for lanyard when making a spear with it...to opening cans with ease when struck spine side downward into the edge of the can like a can opener. It also helped lift pots from a fire by their handle, a nod to various knife designs with that functionality designed by late survivalist Ron Hood.
The pommel/tangs butt was designed to help break glass and other material. Living in Louisiana, I drive across the world's longest bridge on Lake Pontchartrain, where accidents involving a car going over the rails and into water were common enough for me to want a knife that will also get you out quickly. In the combat sense, the pommel would absolutely deliver a devastating blow to the head.
The pommel also has a lanyard hole, allowing one to string paracord through it or attach accessories.
The grip was the biggest discomfort in my old designs, where the desire to have more visual appeal over function was found foolish. In talks with KHHI, the Mark 2 (the version seen here) allowed for a comfortable grip no matter the position in hand, and made the pommel and tip easy to use without strain.
In hand, it is very similar to the military knives such as the famous USMC combat knife, with a flare out from bth tang and Rosewood grips to provide the needed methods to keep one's hand from slipping, especially on the devastating downward stab.
The grips, carved with grooves like most military knives, wears authentic rosewood slabs, with removable screws in case one wanted to replace the grips with a paracord wrap or etc.
The sheath and it’s design allows one to wear it traditionally, or across the small of back with some adjustment, using the lanyard holes all around the edge of the kydex. Utilizing a form-fitting mold, it also has a leather retaining strap with button-clasps to keep it even more secured. The lanyard loops allow one to attach any other tools you would like, including smaller blades, firesteel, or lanyard.
Overall Length: roughly 15"
Blade Length (from rosewood slab to tip): roughly 8.75" / 8" edge ONLY
Handle Length : roughly 6.25"
Thickness: roughly 0.25"
Feature/ profile: Full tang, slab handled
Handle: Authentic Rosewood, with rivets
:: Like a Fang! ::
To this end, survival knives and fighting knives share one purpose: to live by any means. And the Viper Fighting and Survival (VFS) knife Mark 2 is built to be both tool and titan wherever trouble may roam. From the murky swamps and forests of Louisiana, to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico’s abandoned oil rigs, and the more adventurous parts of New Orleans so far: enjoy an incarnation of a knife that is hopefully one of many of a long line of work/war horses I bring to you through my adventures across the countryside and urban fiascos, brought to you by the fires of the revered KHHI bladesmiths.
Released Date : 04 september 2018
KHHI also supplies the following Promotional Materials with every shipment:
- KHHI Warranty Card [1 year Guarantee + Lifetime Warranty]
- KHHI Brochure [Company's profile, its websites, products and related]
- KHHI Manual [Tips and techniques on handling, maintaining and using a Khukuri]
- Design Khukuri Pamphlet [Custom-design your own khukuri/ knife through KHHI]
- Letter from MD [An official letter addressed by the MD himself to the buyer]
- Letter of Declaration [Letter of authenticity and confidence declared by FHAN (Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal)]
- Actual Weight (gm): 600
- Overall weight (gm): 735
- Shipping weight (gm): 975
- Blade finishing: Mirror
- Blade sharpness: Super (paper cut)
- Blade material: 52100
- Place of Origin: KHHI Nepal
- Accompanying knives/B-up: None
- Blade thickness (mm): 6.5
- Handle finishing: Full tang with rivets
- Sheath: kydex
- Released date of KHHI Nepal: 2018-09-04
- Tang type: Full Flat
- Fixture: None
- Edge grinding: Convex
- Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
- Blade (panel) Grinding: Scandi
Give us your valuable review on our items.
Custom 12” Viper
I hope your week is going well so far. I have received the package and it is beautiful. It fits my hand perfectly aswell. I attached a picture of it fresh out of the package so its still has the oil (need to clean it)
I look forward to getting this machete/sword project going later in the future (either towards end of year or start of next year)
Thanks again. -Nico
Date: 9th July, 2019
I recently purchased and received in an extremely timely manner the Viper Fighting and Survival Knife (VFS Mark 2). I first would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the exceptional customer service department. They responded to each of my requests in a timely manner. My second comment is to the craftsman, Mr. Ajay Magar. Your skilled hands provided me with a knife that is second to none, I would like to extend my thanks to you and look forward to working with you again. My final comment will be to “ Khukuri House”. Thank you so much for a wonderful product, employing wonderful craftsman and customer service. I did not expect and was pleasantly surprised to receive the information on the company, its history, the heritage and the great honor and service the Gurkhas have provided for all of us.
Thank you again and good luck on your growing business and continued success.
Date: 1st April, 2019
10" viper knife
Hello! Thank you so much for making this beautiful blade for me. I would like another knife like the one you made in 2 or 3 months with some changes
10" Viper Survival Knife cstom Order ... D1532
Date: 28th March, 2019
VFS Mark 2
The VFS Mark 2 is, after the Gladiator and MUK, my third purchase from KHHI. And I must say that I am amazed. My first impression when unpacking was that it was a bit bulky for field- and fighting knife. It also didn't come papercut sharp, but that was easely fixed. Now that I've had the knife for a few weeks, I've gotten used to handling it. The perfect balance of this work of art actually makes this a VERY fast knife. The weight and size are now becoming pure advantage. I'm really enjoying the feel of it and can't wait to get it out there. My thanks to Mr. Kraus and KHHI for this perfect design and, at KHHI, to Ajay Magar for his masterfull craftsmanship in producing what has now become my favourite knife. I hope this combination of talents will work together again. All the best and a happy New Year.
Date: 23rd January, 2019
Knife was really well made! Couldn't be more happy with it :)
Date: 28th November, 2018
Eric Oesch Indiana, United States