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Viper Fighting and Survival Knife (VFS Mark 2)

Viper Fighting and Survival Knife (VFS Mark 2)

wherever trouble may roam; adventure in wilderness or surviving the disaster ; to live by any means. Knife created by Kevin Kraus and the fires of the revered KHHI bladesmiths...


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USD 84.99 99.99

USD 32.19

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

Item Location: Nepal

Return: 14 days return policy.

Default Specification

  • Blade Size (in): 8
  • Handle Size (in): 6.25
  • Handle Material: Rosewood
  • Actual Weight (gm): 470
  • Overall weight (gm): 600
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1000
  • 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
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Viper; the Fighting and Survival Knife  (VFS Mark 2 )


::About Kevin Kraus:: The Designer

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.


::The Blade::

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 edged profiles and thrusting styles, taking nods from Persian and Italian knives 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 Handle::

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:: IT IS OPTIONAL (Please select KYDEX sheath option as per your need; Price changes)

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.   

SPECS::

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

 

Reviews (6)

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Dev Verified Buyer

Canada

Date: 15th May, 2023

Good knife...too bad they didnt give me the right handle that I ordered

Its a good knife its just too bad that When you Order a black Micarta handle for it and end up getting the rosewood handle, They did offer to send me the proper one but then Id would be spending more then I needed to for this, I really hope you guys get your shit together cause there should had been 2 knives in this order but only got one, I get it people make mistakes but When you have customers around the world those mistakes can really end up being much bigger, I will still continue to purchase from your website but you need to do things more carefully, I shouldnt have to stress on if my order will even get to me or not. It gets points for being a nice looking knife well built but you lose a few points for the wrong handles and only getting one knife in the shipment.


Marcel Schneid Verified Buyer

Koblenz, Germany

Date: 2nd June, 2022

Bad heat treatment

I bought this knife to use it as an allround tool for bushcraft. Unfortunately the tip already bent the first time i used it. I did not take much force to make it bend.Also batonig did not work well for su h a heavy blade.The blade is not hard enough and/or the grind is too thin. Also the steels used are low quality. I would send it back but it costs me 60 euros to do so i just keep it. 2 Stars only because it looks cool and the design is from resident evil 4, one of my favourite video games. Would not recommend buying if you activate want to use the knife.


James Groom Verified Buyer

Date: 1st April, 2019

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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. 
Warmest regards,
James 
Veteran
USA

 


Daniel Gonzalez Verified Buyer

Date: 28th March, 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

custom made 10inch viper knife


Roel Vinckens Verified Buyer

Date: 23rd January, 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.


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