Anybody have a Chilean corvo?


Joe Demko
February 9, 2003, 01:38 PM
Would you like to sell it? I've wanted one for years, after SOF reviewed the Chilean military issue one back in the 80's. I've run a million web searches looking for a vendor on the web, but no joy.

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loader price
February 15, 2006, 04:39 PM
Hi there, I have a corvo from Chile, an Atacameño (curved one) presentation with scabbard. Mint.
If you are still interested on it, mail me at

and can visit my log

it will be there soon.


February 17, 2006, 04:13 PM
Very nice collection.

May 11, 2007, 04:19 PM
As a Chilean, I have a couple :), one "garra del puma", one "pico del condor" (2nd and 4th from the left) (

Joe Demko
May 11, 2007, 05:02 PM
Since the time I originally started this thread (where did the years go?) I managed to acquire una garra del puma from Ebay. The guy didn't know what it was, didn't describe it well, and had no reserve. I picked it up for $40.

May 11, 2007, 05:25 PM
Great, but the battle proven is the "pico del condor" or "atacameño"

Joe Demko
May 12, 2007, 09:46 PM
Battle proven? Against whom?

May 12, 2007, 11:20 PM

Hola, qué tal? En que ciudad vives in Chile? Mi esposa creció en Ñuñoa, en Santiago de Chile. Nos casamos en Santiago en 1984.


May 13, 2007, 07:07 PM
Against Peruvians and bolivians, the corvo won that war for Chile

May 13, 2007, 10:12 PM
En Santiago Doc, en Ñuñoa

May 13, 2007, 10:59 PM
Oye, son los ornamentos del corvo Chileno hechos con cobre Peruano? :evil: Creo que eso fue lo que mis amigos Peruanos me decian...que la artesania Chilena fue hecho con cobre Peruano. Que chistoso.

May 13, 2007, 11:22 PM
absolutamente falso...como el 95% de lo que dicen los peruanos :)
Si un corvo tiene adornos, es un corvo "historiado", cada adorno es un muerto.

May 14, 2007, 12:45 AM
Precisamente dicho. Esos Peruanos. :rolleyes: Se creen la muerte, no cierto? Un dia yo escuche unos jovenes Peruanos hablando con un viejito de Bolivia. Les gritaba, este lago pertenece al Peru! El pobre viejito les contesto, <<Jovenes, lo podemos compartir entre los dos paises.>> Con eso uno de los Perunaos le contesto, <<Pues, titi para mi...caca para ti!>>.

Ya po! Por la chuta! Pero que rotos! :scrutiny:


Joe Demko
May 14, 2007, 09:12 AM

From the article you linked:

The war saw the use by both sides of new, or recently introduced, military technology such as breech-loading rifles, remote-controlled land mines, armour-piercing shells, torpedoes, torpedo boats and purpose-built landing craft. Second-generation ironclads (i.e. designed after the Battle of Hampton Roads) were faced in battle for the first time. This was significant for a conflict where a major power was not directly involved, and drew the attention of British, French and U.S. observers of the time.

During the war, Peru developed the Toro Submarino ("Submarine Bull"). Though completely operational, it never saw action, and was scuttled at the end of the war to prevent its capture by the victors.

Nary a word about corvos.

May 14, 2007, 12:14 PM
Joe, the article is just about the war.
The corvo was widely used
I can link some pages (in spanish) about the corvo use in the war
Also, you can look for pictures of chilean soldiers of the war, carrying corvos


May 14, 2007, 04:30 PM
This site has some nice corvos:

My favorite at this site:

The best for last!! This internet site is interesting:


May 14, 2007, 06:19 PM
Hey Doc...que mal chiste el que contaste :neener:

May 14, 2007, 06:39 PM
I can't claim credit for the joke. My wife's former neighbor from Nunoa (Lili) told me that joke...and many, many others. Ella tenia unos chistes verdes.

Did you like the links for the corvo? I like the last one. It had some great pics!

May 16, 2007, 11:10 AM
yeah good links, but a spanish made corvo is.....oxymoron?:uhoh:

well, i'm really not very sure of what "oxymoron" mean, but I like the word :neener:

September 22, 2007, 01:37 PM
from the same article from wikipedia

The assault became known as the Battle of Arica, which turned out to be one of the most tragic and at the same time the most emblematic event of the war: Chile suffered 479 mortal casualties, while almost 900 Peruvians lost their lives, including Colonel Bolognesi himself. This battle was specially bloody since most Chileans died because of landmines and with bullets running low most of the Peruvians deaths were in the hands of Corvo-wielding berserked Chileans. The multiple cuts on the corpses made many speculate about execution of prisoners, but most authors say that the Captains were actually holding back the enraged Chileans to prevent the deaths of routed soldiers.[4]

February 10, 2008, 12:16 PM
another couple of pics ( (

October 3, 2009, 07:39 PM
I bought these from FAMAE in Chile back in 1991.

They sold some others I wish I would have purchased including the darkened ones.

October 3, 2009, 08:10 PM
What is the idea or benefit of the upturned blade?

October 7, 2009, 07:55 PM
What is the idea or benefit of the upturned blade?

The Corvo is sharpened on both sides. They use the hooked side down for powerful chopping attacks -kinda like how you'd use a khukri.

Here's a photo of how it is held.

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