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Condor Tool & Knife, Golok Machete, 14in Blade, Walnut Handle with Sheath
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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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Machete came with a very nice heavy-duty brown leather sheath. Hard to break in at first but after about 50 draws and insertations sheath is starting to loosen up.
Only gripe about the machete is the fact the grind on my blade was very noticibly off center towards the left side. While I do not believe this will impact the functionlity of the machete for my purposes, the quality control must be a little lax in el salvador to have a sub par finish to the blade pass.
Overall love the product. Machete came razor sharp, nice design, and nice sheath. Very happy with my purchase. Quality control could be better.
Still - 4 stars for the incredible design, weight, and quality of this beast. -1 because I had to sharpen it out of the box - something I did not expect from the product listing, the reviews, and the Q&A's.
I purchased a piece of property early this year that has very dense undergrowth consisting largely of briars and small saplings. I knew I was going to need a bush knife of some sort so I went the cheap route and picked up your basic $10 off the shelf machete from a local big box store. Big mistake. The thing was flimsy, dull and wouldn't cut wet paper. I couldn't even begin to beat my way through the underbrush. Being the person I am I started researching and ended up deciding on the Golok style bush knife. This style is highly regarded in the survivalist community for it's ruggedness and versatility. From clearing brush to chopping down small trees to batoning wood, this knife will handle all with ease.
Once I started trying to decide on the actual knife to purchase the Condor really caught my attention. I'm a bit of a knife junkie anyway so seeing that this was carbon steel I immediately knew that this would be able to take and hold an edge. The hardwood handle looked to be top quality as did the leather sheath so the decision to purchase this was easy. The knife arrived from BUDK Catalog three business days after placing my order so no disappointments there. It was nicely packaged with the blade wrapped in parchment and the entire knife in a plastic bag. One thing I expected was for the blade to be liberally oiled being carbon steel but it wasn't. Considering the black finish on either side of the blade leaving only the edge and spine exposed I suppose it's not a big deal. Everything was clean and shiny so I won't fault them for that. The blade itself arrived honed to a razor edge. Being 1/4" thick at the handle you would expect this to be pretty heavy, and while it does have a heft to it does't feel cumbersome. The bulbous handle adds some counterweight to the blade and overall it's pretty well balanced with the point of balance being 2 3/4" from the end of the handle. Not bad for a 14 1/4" blade, which is what mine measured. Since these are made by hand expect some variance in blade length. My initial impression is that they put just as much quality and attention to detail in the sheath as they did the knife. It's made using leather that's slightly over 1/8"thick and riveted in the corners. The belt loop pivots and the rivet is covered internally to prevent it from scratching the blade.
Typically I'm a "buy it once" kind of guy and and will gladly pay a little more for quality. My first impression of this knife is that this will be with me for years to come and maybe even end up in the hands of a grandchild one day. The proof is in the pudding though so I still need to take out and abuse it. I'll add to my review once I've had that chance.