- January 19, 2021
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Knives used by a gaucho are commonly referred to as Faca or Facón. It is Portuguese name derived from “faca”, and so the “facón” will be a major faca.
The blade of a facon is about 30 to 40 cm long and 20 to 30 mm thick. It ends in a point with a single-sided tip, having a buttress that is just a few centimeters on the opposite side.
The so-called ‘caronero’ has identical features but normally made with the blade of a sword or military sprat.
Another one, which is like a kitchen knife, but without a belly, is called: the “waist knife”
The “verijero” is the smallest of the knives used by the gaucho.
The Male knife is a “verijero” knife wider than 30 cm, with a single edge and a sharp tip, strong and punishable by punishment.
The Dagger: a double-edged knife used mostly as a war weapon. Its normal dimensions are 20 to 60 cm.
Puñal – This is a smaller, single-edged, multipurpose dagger. 25 cm as the overall measure.