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Condor Tool & Knife, Parang Machete, 17-1/2in Blade, Hardwood Handle with Sheath
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- The finest quality cutlery and tools
- 108 sculpted vents
- Handle: Hardwood
- Blade Material: 1075 HIGH CARBON STEEL
- Blade Finish: Epoxy Black Powder Coating
- Sheath: Leather black
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|Item Weight||7.05 ounces||2.45 lbs||0.85 lb||1.5 lbs||0.99 lb||1 lb|
CONDOR TOOL & KNIFE traces its proud history back to 1787, the year GERB WEYESBERG COMPANY was founded in Solingen, Germany. The quality of the swords, military knives, agricultural tools and household cutlery they manufactured made Solingen the cutlery capital of the world. Over the generations, the world’s largest manufacturer of swords and knives found it necessary to expand operations to other countries to better serve its customers. In 1964, the company formed IMACASA with a new plant in Santa Ana, El Salvador and filled it with state of the art German equipment. Some of the original local employees who were sent to Solingen for extensive training forty years ago are still working in the factory today, turning out the finest quality machetes, shovels and other hand tools.
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The first one I got was a quarter inch wide all the way to the end. I was so impressed! It was the toughest working blade in my collection, including swords from Cheness and Cold steel, to name a few. In fact, I was so impressed that I gave it to my best friend who is a real aficionado and works in the woods. He was thrilled and I ordered a new one.
When the new one came, I noted that it was lighter. When I unboxed it, it was obvious that the folks at Condor Had made a grevious error. The blade thickness in the handle was the same, but it immediately tapered to a thin profile. This knife is literally a third as thick as the old one, maybe less. The old one would have taken so much more lateral stress than I could muster, no problem. This one... Not so much.
That being said, it's still a great knife. The thinner profile is better suited to slashing succulent plants but still tough enough to chop some on the heavier materials.
If you bought one of these a year ago, don't expect the same on your second go-round.
Update: I've had this machete for a few years now and the blade is still in awesome condition. It has a pit or two where I got careless and hit a rock or something but so far this tool has far exceeded my expectations. A few months ago my wife borrowed this machete and lost it and I was seriously bummed. I came here to order a replacement and they were out (they have since come back in stock). I felt almost like I had lost an old friend. A few weeks later I found it out in the yard in a stump. I could tell it had been in the weather but it cleaned right up.
And then there is the sheath. I beg Condor to re-think making this two snap sheath. I hate it so much I'm going to get a custom one made for the blade and toss the factory one. The 14 inch sheaths are so much nicer. The 17.5 has nice leather etc. for it's sheath but it's just too unwieldy. It's well worth the money but the sheath has to go.