Condor Tool and Knife Outback Machete, 20-Inch Blasted Satin, Black Handle, Leather Sheath
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- Handle: High Impact Polypropylene
- Blade Material: 420 HC STAINLESS STEEL
- Blade Finish: Blasted Satin
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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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The Condor Tool and Knife Outback machete is big. It is long and nose heavy, making it an excellent heavy chopper for clearing out trails, campsites, knocking back brush lines and undergrowth, and so forth. This is an excellent blade shape for those who prefer the classic profile and blade shape of the El Salvador machete combined with the wide, nose-heaviness of the bolo machete.
The sheath that comes with this machete is impressive as well. It is made from a thick, well-finished leather, with quality stitching and finished edges. The belt loops on the sheath swivel, so that if worn on a belt, the sheath will swivel out of the way when you sit down. I was so impressed with the quality of the sheath that I tend to joke to my friends that I bought a quality sheath and it came with a free machete.
This is a particularly good machete for those living on the coast near salt-water. The 420HC is noticeably more resistant to corrosion than your run of the mill carbon steel machetes. One just has to keep in mind that stainless steel doesn't mean stain-proof, it really means "stain less". It is still a good idea to keep it wiped down with a corrosion inhibitor when not in use, and to store it outside the sheath when not used for long periods, just as you should with any other blade.
It seems expensive for a machete at first, but given the apparent quality of both the machete and the sheath provided, coupled with a lifetime warranty, I can say without reservation that it is definitely worth the price for a heavy-user.
It feels a bit heavier than my CS machete, and it feels a lot more comfortable when putting a loop of paracord through the lanyard hole in the handle and winding it for better grip. A lot of machetes in this class might seem heavy. If you're at least 240lbs and can bench your own weight, it's a child's toy as far as weight goes, but an excellent tool in any case. If you're under 160 lbs and not in good shape, you'll likely fatigue if you're doing heavy sustained work for several hours.
The drop point on the tip lends it to some light piercing tasks, but it's primarily meant for chopping and slashing.
Comes from the factory very sharp. Probably the best factory sharpness I've ever seen. Made some of my bench-made knives look bad (before I sharpened them ofc).
Not a combat machete. Point is not sharp.
I don't recommend for small brush or bush clearing. It's handle is a little small, so I would suggest a pair of gloves.
Heavy, and sharp. Gives a lot of force on down swing upswing is nice too. I found a 45 degree swing works nice.
You get what you pay for. The metal is nice. It can take punishment. Although I wouldn't recommend rock smashing.