Condor Knives: Bushcrafting Knives Review

In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.” Sun Tsu

Over the past few years I have owned and tested hundreds of knives. Among my top choices for bushcrafting are Morakniv Companions, Opinel #8’s, Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara 2, Spyderco Paramilitary II’s, Nathan Caruthers custom fighter, KaBar straight edge, Khuhkri blades (specifically made in Nepal) and lastly my personal favorites for all around bushcrafting are the Condor lineup of knives. This article is specifically regarding Condor knives and what, why and how I carry them.

The first of the Condor lineup is the Bushlore with a 4.375 inch drop point blade, it comes in a truly beautiful leather sheath (as all the Condor knives and blades do). This particular knife is full tang and allows for batoning if it is necessary, though personally I use it for skinning, caping and general camp tasks that require a smaller knife. Feather sticks are a breeze with this knife and it holds an edge that continues shaving even after skinning out small game. Made of 1075 steel with a tempered edge around 55-60 rockwell it keeps a solid edge.

Next in the lineup is the Condor Hudson Bay the overall length is 13+” and the blade length is 8.5″. It is an amazing blade and built for the hard tasks like splitting wood and defensive needs if necessary. Made of 1075 steel it also has a 55-60 rockwell edge as well. An extremely solid sheath allows it to be strapped to pretty much any size belt available. I have used this knife for everything from feathering through skinning and it works well. Paired with the Bushlore it is an amazing combination. As with all knives it is purpose built for trappers and bushmen.

Lastly, the Condor Parang, it is a 13” machete with a ballistic nylon sheath. They have several other Parang models and I truly enjoy using this particular machete design. This again is a purpose built tool, it easily replaces the small hand axe and allows you too carry a lighter way to collect wood. After testing it on mesquite and scrub oak I have found that it holds an edge and works amazingly. Regardless, it also works for the tall grass found in many areas of Arizona high desert. Additionally it holds a solid edge and allows for smaller work if necessary.

Remember, Condor knife company was originally tooled up by Solingen Knife works from Germany. This has allowed them to continue a tradition of inexpensive yet amazingly solid knives. I fully recommend them and rely fully on them as survival, bushcrafting and SHTF tools. Remember, a solid machete, specifically the Parang version will work great for taking zombie heads if necessary. The only downfall of this particularly awesome line of blades is that the steel is not modern super steel. However, it is well tempered and allows for amazing edges.Follow the links and pick up a few for the bags! Knives are among the few items you can never have enough of!

Free the mind and the body will follow.

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About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, jessetalksback.com and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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2 Responses to Condor Knives: Bushcrafting Knives Review

  1. jeffreycanthony says:

    Great pricing, need to try some of these out.

    John T Malloy says, (paraphrasing here) anyone can spend a small fortune for the perfect clothing, it takes a smart person to find the perfect clothing at good prices. Works for this too.

    My concern, I’m not usually negligent with maintenance, but always am afraid of having things go wrong with wood handled anything. Still there’s a beauty, feel, and usefulness to wood that is hard to beat. And it’s less “scary” for the masses lol

    I still remember San Francisco and a CRKT M16 folder having a CEO flip shit. The knives in the kitchen were “scarier” lol

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