Chilean Corvo Knife

Chilean Talon Of Death | Corvo Knife Review

The Corvo knife has proven its effectiveness from the battlefields of South America to the sands of Iraq!

Note the subdued hook/curve on the Corvo atacameno—a Corvo curvo would bend at virtually a 90-degree angle.

At any given time I have a list of the knives used by commandos, Special Forces, airborne, and other elite or special units around the world for which I am looking. Occasionally I get to check one off as I find it, but I also add to the list as I learn about a knife I did not know existed. There are usually around a dozen knives on this want list.

On my list for a long time has been the FAME-made Corvo used by Chilean Special Operations Brigade. I saw one brought back by a U.S. Special Forces guy that was marked FAMAE with a serial number. However, I understand they no longer produce the knife, and I do not know who is the current contractor.

Humble Beginnings
As with many fighting knives, the Corvo started out as a peasant’s working tool used for harvesting and other tasks. When the peasant was conscripted to go to war, he took the only weapon he owned — his Corvo. Historically, it was used extensively by Chilean troops in the 19th Century War of the Pacific in which Chile fought against Bolivia and Peru. Reportedly, Chilean troops would consume chupilca del Diablo (a mix of gunpowder and aguardiente), then carry out berserker attacks with their Corvos.


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  • clawson ruth

    The modern version that you show was based more on the knives carried by the rotos. The Corvo Curvo as, you described it, was designed by a prisioner and adopted by the Chilean military. Both knives were feared by the enemies of Chile as you said. Some can be found from time to time in the street ferias of any large town or city In Chile.
    The true military corvo was made by Famae Chile, not to be confused with famae de Venezuela.
    As luck would have it, I lucked out on one trip south and was given the last Atacameño in the military’s bodega. I still haven’t placed an edge on it.
    My other Corvos have traveled the world and I prefer the Curve to the Atacameño. It saddened me when they gave me that last Atacameño and told me that after years of tradition , the knives would no longer be a part of the Chilean Military. Good luck in finding one. Don’t settle for less than One from Famae Chile.